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You belong in a zoo! : tales from a lifetime spent with cobras, crocs, and other creatures

Author: Peter Brazaitis
Publisher: New York : Villard Books, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The author details his career as a zookeeper and his work with law enforcement as a forensic specialist in the battle to stop the illegal importation and slaughter of reptiles for the exotic leather industry. From catching alligators in the reservoirs of New York and capturing giant crocodiles in Venezuela and giant frogs in West Africa to finding mummified human heads in a Bronx apartment, eels on a bus, cobras on  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Anecdotes
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Brazaitis, Peter, 1936-
You belong in a zoo!
New York : Villard Books, c2003
(OCoLC)755015606
Named Person: Peter Brazaitis; Peter Brazaitis
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Brazaitis
ISBN: 1400060125 9781400060122
OCLC Number: 51967303
Description: xxi, 345 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Responsibility: Peter Brazaitis.
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The author details his career as a zookeeper and his work with law enforcement as a forensic specialist in the battle to stop the illegal importation and slaughter of reptiles for the exotic leather industry. From catching alligators in the reservoirs of New York and capturing giant crocodiles in Venezuela and giant frogs in West Africa to finding mummified human heads in a Bronx apartment, eels on a bus, cobras on the loose, and crocodiles that make change, this book is a memoir of the author's career working with exotic reptiles and other animals. When the author was a teenager he brought home one creepy crawly creature too many, his stepmother declared, "You are an animal, and you belong in a zoo!" He took her at her word. He went directly from high school in Brooklyn to a job at the Reptile House at the Bronx Zoo, where he stayed for more than thirty years, eventually becoming superintendent of reptiles. He later became curator of the Central Park Zoo, and continues to work with law enforcement as a forensic specialist in the fight to stop illegal importation and slaughter of reptiles for the luxury exotic-leather industry. His effectiveness at this would earn him the moniker "The Bald-Headed Snake Keeper in the Bronx." This work presents the amazing experiences he has had in more than four decades of working with wild animals; it is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at zoos, animal people, and some of nature's most extraordinary creatures.

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