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Life at the zoo : behind the scenes with the animal doctors

Life at the zoo : behind the scenes with the animal doctors

Author: Phillip T Robinson
Publisher: New York ; Chichester : Columbia University Press, [2007], ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Describes encounters with foulmouthed parrots, gum-chewing chimps, and stinky flamingoes, and the sometimes dangerous consequences of both human and animal interactions. This work relates insider stories such as escaping the affections of a leopard who wanted to be a lap cat, training a gorilla to hold her newborn baby gently, and more.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Phillip T Robinson
ISBN: 9780231132497 0231132492
OCLC Number: 82671682
Notes: Originally published: 2004.
Description: x, 293 pages, [8] pages of color plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Intern at the zoo : an eclectic orientation --
Too early for the autopsy: fitting in at the zoo --
Growing pains: educating the menagerie makers --
The keepers: nurturing the health of animals --
Zoo babies: promoting motherhood --
Exhibit making : creating zoo ecosystems --
Creature comfort: the power of micro environments --
What's this thing? Searching for the normal --
Holding the tiger: zoos say yes to drugs --
Finding the sick in the zoo: seeking out disease and discomfort --
Feeding the ark: the nutritional wisdom of the animals --
Getting closer to animals: Judas goats and Alpaca coats --
So, you work at the zoo? Employees, visitors, and fence jumpers --
Animal cases and chases : and some things better kept to myself --
Zoo regulars : coworkers without titles --
Ethical captivity: animal well-being in zoos --
What a zoo should be, and ought not be.
Responsibility: Phillip T. Robinson.


Since the early days of traveling menageries and staged attractions that included animal acts, balloon ascents, and pyrotechnic displays, zoos have come a long way. This book presents the evolution  Read more...


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The author entertains while educating the excellent introduction to the zoo world...the best single book to give teens who want to work in a zoo. -- Nancy Bent Booklist A thorough tour of Read more...

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