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San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance History
My Seven Years in Captivity : Tails and Misadventures in the San Diego Zoo by
Call Number: QL76.5 .C35 .S36 S43 2006
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.
History of Zoos & Aquariums
Mr. Hornaday's War : How a Peculiar Victorian Zookeeper Waged a Lonely Crusade for Wildlife that Changed the World by
Call Number: QL31.H67 B43 2012
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.
Sailing with Noah : Stories from the World of Zoos by
Call Number: QL76 .B66 2006
Publication Date: 2006
Written by the president of the nation's number-one zoo, Sailing with Noah is an intensely personal, behind-the-scenes look at modern zoos. Jeffrey P. Bonner, who was trained as an anthropologist and came to the zoo world quite by accident, shares some of the most compelling stories ever told about contemporary zoos. The stories jump between zoos in different cities and between countries on different continents.
Zoo and Aquarium History : Ancient Animal Collections to Zoological Gardens by
Call Number: QL76 .Z737 2000
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.
History of Museums
Life on Display : Revolutionizing U.S. Museums of Science and Natural History in the Twentieth Century by
Call Number: AM7 .R33 2014
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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SDZWA Research Guides
Guide to finding animal information online and at the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Library
Guide to finding animal welfare, training, and enrichment information, online and at the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Library.
Guide to finding conservation information, online and at the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Library
Guide to finding plant, plant conservation, and botanical garden information, online and at the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Library
Guide to finding veterinary and biomedical information, online and at the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Library
Zoos & Aquariums
Guide to zoo & aquarium information, online and at the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance; natural history museum links
SDZWA Library Links
Home page, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Library
SDZWA Library's online public-access catalog - SDZWA team members may request books for delivery via interoffice mail
Journals available to team members through the SDZWA Library - search contents, view library holdings, access full text
Article databases available through the SDZWA Library; journal information
Portal to the SDZWA Library's detailed, fully referenced animal fact sheets
Priority Species Information
Custom literature searches and fact sheets for current priority species — for SDZWA team members, onsite access only
SDZWA Research Publications
Peer reviewed and scientific works by San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance staff.
Portal to the SDZWA Library's research guides: Animals, Animal Welfare, Conservation, Plants, Reference, Veterinary Medicine, Zoos & Aquariums
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