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Zoos, aquariums — directories and print and online information sources; contact information for selected natural history museums and conservation organizations.
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Mister Zoo : The Life and Legacy of Dr. Charles Schroeder - Douglas G. Myers; Lynda R. Stephenson
Call Number: QL76.5 .C35 S36 1999
ISBN: 0911461159
Publication Date: 1999

My Life in a Man-Made Jungle - Belle Jennings Benchley
Call Number: QL76.5 .C35 S36 1940
Publication Date: 1940

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My Seven Years in Captivity : Tails and Misadventures in the San Diego Zoo - Bill Seaton
Call Number: QL76.5 .C35 .S36 S43 2006
ISBN: 1590259025
Publication Date: 2006
From tales of the painting elephant that appeared on the Johnny Carson show, to encounters with a "psycho" duck, a baby gorilla and an escaped kangaroo, public relations man Bill Seaton describes his fascinating experiences during his tenure at the world famous SAN DIEGO ZOO. The antics of the animals proved minor compared to those of lost visitors and misguided Hollywood film crews, events recalled with humor and insight into the workings of the largest collection of animal species in the world.The book is endorsed by author Warren Adler, Bob Dale, host of the former ZOORAMA TV show, Jack Hanna, Curator Emeritus, Columbus Ohio Zoo, and Bob Tucker, Director, Media Relations, Disneyland Resort.

The Zoo Lady : Belle Benchley and the San Diego Zoo - Margaret Poynter
Call Number: QL76.5 .C35 S36 P69 1980
ISBN: 0875181813
Publication Date: 1980
Presents the career of Belle Benchley whose 25 year career as the director of the San Diego Zoo began with a temporary job as a bookkeeper.


History of Zoos & Aquariums

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A Different Nature : The Paradoxical World of Zoos and Their Uncertain Future - David Hancocks
Call Number: QL76 .H35 D54 2001
ISBN: 0520218795
Publication Date: 2001
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 architect and zoo director for thirty years, is passionately opposed to the poor standards that have prevailed and still exist in many zoos. He reviews the history of zoos in light of their failures and successes and points the way toward a more humane approach, one that will benefit both the animals and the humans who visit them. This book, replete with illustrations and full of moving stories about wild animals in captivity, shows that we have only just begun to realize zoos' enormous potential for good. Hancocks singles out and discusses the better zoos, exploring such places as the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, the Bronx Zoo with its dedication to worldwide conservation programs, Emmen Zoo in Holland with its astonishingly diverse education programs, Wildscreen in England, and Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo, where the concept of "landscape immersion"--exhibits that surround people and animals in carefully replicated natural habitats--was pioneered. Calling for us to reinvent zoos, Hancocks advocates the creation of a new type of institution: one that reveals the interconnections among all living things and celebrates their beauty, inspires us to develop greater compassion for wild animals great and small, and elicits our support for preserving their wild habitats.

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Mr. Hornaday's War : How a Peculiar Victorian Zookeeper Waged a Lonely Crusade for Wildlife that Changed the World - Stefan Bechtel
Call Number: QL31.H67 B43 2012
ISBN: 9780807006351
Publication Date: 2012
He was complex, quirky, pugnacious, and difficult. He seemed to create enemies wherever he went, even among his friends. A fireplug of a man who stood only five feet eight inches in his stocking feet, he began as a taxidermist and an adventurer who tracked tigers in Borneo with friendly headhunters, lead crocodile-hunting expeditions in the Orinoco, and scouted the last remaining bison in the Montana territories. nbsp; William Temple Hornaday (1854-1937) was also a man ahead of his time. He was the most influential conservationist of the nineteenth century, second only to his great friend and ally Theodore Roosevelt. When this one-time big-game collector witnessed the wanton destruction of wildlife prevalent in the Victorian era, he experienced an awakening and devoted the rest of his life to protecting our planet's endangered species. Hornaday founded the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., served for thirty years as director of the renowned Bronx Zoo, and became a fierce defender of wild animals and wild places. He devoted fifty years to fighting gun manufacturers, poachers, scandalously lax game-protection laws, and the vast apathy of the American public. He waged the "Plume Wars" against the feathered-hat industry and is credited with having saved both the Alaskan fur seal and the American bison from outright extinction. nbsp; Mr. Hornaday's War restores this major figure to his rightful place as one of the giants of the modern conservation movement. But Stefan Bechtel also explores the grinding contradictions of Hornaday's life. Though he crusaded against the wholesale slaughter of wildlife, he was at one time a trophy hunter, and what happened in 1906 at the Bronx Zoo, when Hornaday displayed an African man in an "ethnographic exhibit," shows a side of him that is as baffling as it is repellant. This gripping book takes an honest look at a fascinating, enigmatic man who both represented and transcended his era's paradoxical approach to wildlife, and who profoundly changed the course of the conservation movement for generations to come.

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Sailing with Noah : Stories from the World of Zoos - Jeffrey P. Bonner
Call Number: QL76 .B66 2006
ISBN: 9780826216366
Publication Date: 2006
Written by the president of the nation's number-one zoo, Sailing withNoah is an intensely personal, behind-the-scenes look at modernzoos. Jeffrey P. Bonner, who was trained as an anthropologist andcame to the zoo world quite by accident, shares some of the mostcompelling stories ever told about contemporary zoos. The stories jumpbetween zoos in different cities and between countries on differentcontinents.

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Zoo : A History of Zoological Gardens in the West - Eric Baratay; Elisabeth Hardouin-Fugier
Call Number: QL76 .B37 Z66 2002
ISBN: 1861891113
Publication Date: 2002
Wild animals have fascinated human observers since time immemorial. The story of our interest in collecting, classifying and dominating Nature looms large; thus it is surprising that the history of menageries, zoological gardens and zoos as we know them today has been so poorly documented. This gap is addressed by Zoo. In the Renaissance, wealthy aristocrats showcased exotic beasts in private menageries. Safely caged, animals inspired the interest of naturalists and fed the curiosity of the masses. By the 19th century, increased urbanization and colonization aided the expansion of zoos in which animals were tamed to serve as domesticated livestock. Nowadays, with many natural habitats under threat of extinction, the social function of zoos is less clear. Such institutions both present the illusion of wild animals in a natural state to a nostalgic public and find themselves justifying their existence as saviors of endangered species.

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Zoo and Aquarium History : Ancient Animal Collections to Zoological Gardens - Vernon Kisling; James Ellis; Steven Strauss
Call Number: QL76 .Z737 2000
ISBN: 084932100X
Publication Date: 2000
Compiles a global history of animal collections, menageries, zoos, and aquariums. This title documents the continuum of efforts in maintaining wild animal collections from ancient civilizations through today. It provides a chronological introduction to the subject and highlights the published and archival resources for those who want to know more.

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Zoo Story : Life in the Garden of Captives - Thomas French
Call Number: QL76.5 .L69 F74 2010
ISBN: 9781401323462
Publication Date: 2010
Welcome to the savage and surprising world of Zoo Story, an unprecedented account of the secret life of a zoo and its inhabitants, both animal and human. Based on six years of research, the book follows a handful of unforgettable characters at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo: an alpha chimp with a weakness for blondes, a ferocious tiger who revels in Obsession perfume, and a brilliant but tyrannical CEO known as El Diablo Blanco. Zoo Story crackles with issues of global urgency: the shadow of extinction, humanity's role in the destruction or survival of other species. More than anything else, though, it's a dramatic and moving true story of seduction and betrayal, exile and loss, and the limits of freedom on an overcrowded planet-all framed inside one zoo reinventing itself for the twenty-first century. Thomas French, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, chronicles the action with vivid power: Wild elephants soaring above the Atlantic on their way to captivity. Predators circling each other in a lethal mating dance. Primates plotting the overthrow of their king. The sweeping narrative takes the reader from the African savannah to the forests of Panama and deep into the inner workings of a place some describe as a sanctuary and others condemn as a prison. All of it comes to life in the book's four-legged characters. Even animal lovers will be startled by the emotional charge of these creatures' histories, which read as though they were co-written by Dickens and Darwin. Zoo Story shows us how these remarkable individuals live, how some die, and what their experiences reveal about the human desire to both exalt and control nature.


History of Museums

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Life on Display : Revolutionizing U.S. Museums of Science and Natural History in the Twentieth Century - Karen A. Rader; Victoria E. M. Cain
Call Number: AM7 .R33 2014
ISBN: 9780226079660
Publication Date: 2014
Rich with archival detail and compelling characters, Life on Display uses the history of biological exhibitions to analyze museums’ shifting roles in twentieth-century American science and society. Karen A. Rader and Victoria E. M. Cain chronicle profound changes in these exhibitions--and the institutions that housed them--between 1910 and 1990, ultimately offering new perspectives on the history of museums, science, and science education. Rader and Cain explain why science and natural history museums began to welcome new audiences between the 1900s and the 1920s and chronicle the turmoil that resulted from the introduction of new kinds of biological displays. They describe how these displays of life changed dramatically once again in the 1930s and 1940s, as museums negotiated changing, often conflicting interests of scientists, educators, and visitors. The authors then reveal how museum staffs, facing intense public and scientific scrutiny, experimented with wildly different definitions of life science and life science education from the 1950s through the 1980s. The book concludes with a discussion of the influence that corporate sponsorship and blockbuster economics wielded over science and natural history museums in the century’s last decades.             A vivid, entertaining study of the ways science and natural history museums shaped and were shaped by understandings of science and public education in the twentieth-century United States, Life on Display will appeal to historians, sociologists, and ethnographers of American science and culture, as well as museum practitioners and general readers.

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