A different nature : the paradoxical world of zoos and their uncertain future (Book, 2001) [WorldCat.org]
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A different nature : the paradoxical world of zoos and their uncertain future

A different nature : the paradoxical world of zoos and their uncertain future

Author: David Hancocks
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Humanity has had an enduring desire for close contact with exotic animals - from the Egyptian kings who kept thousands of animals, including monkeys, wild cats, hyenas, giraffes, and oryx, to the enormously popular zoological parks of today. This book, the most extensive history of zoos yet published, is a fascinating look at the origins, evolution, and - most importantly - the future of zoos." "David Hancocks, an  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Hancocks
ISBN: 0520218795 9780520218796 0520236769 9780520236769
OCLC Number: 45276533
Awards: Short-listed for L.A. Times Book Prize (Science/Technology) 2001
Description: xxii, 279 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Collections as status --
2. The eighteenth-century concept --
3. The nineteenth-century phenomenon --
4. Romanticists and modernists --
5. Toward new frontiers --
6. Immersed in the landscape --
7. Agents of conservation --
8. Which way the future? --
9. Epilogue.
Responsibility: David Hancocks.
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Looks at the origins, evolution, and the future of zoos. This book reviews the history of zoos in light of their failures and successes and points the way toward a more humane approach, one that will  Read more...


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"Brilliant. Its clear and unpretentious language and Hancocks' evident passion for and knowledge of his subject made it one of the best books I have read in a long while."-Tim Murray, The Age Read more...

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