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Babylon's Ark: The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013


    I liked this book because, besides talking about the state of the zoo animals, it gave great insight as to what was going on in the area and what our troops were up against.

    I give great credit to Lawrence Anthony for stepping up on behalf of the animals

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    Recommended - fun and easy to read..

    I thought it was great! I liked both this one and his other book as well, (The Elephant Whisperer). It was enjoyable to read as well as enlightening, on the plight of the animals.

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

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    The story of the zoo that was in the wrong place at the wrong time...

    This is the story of the Baghdad Zoo, which was definitely in the wrong place at the wrong time, being in Baghdad in the middle of a war.

    When the author arrived, he found a zoo that he didn't have much hope he could save. He wondered if he shouldn't just destroy the zoo and put the animals out of their misery. However, through hard work, determination, a lot of hope, and a lot of luck, the animals survived and the zoo was rebuilt better than it was in the beginning.

    This isn't just the story of the zoo. This is the story of the author, who of his own accord decided he had to get to Baghdad, and left the game reserve he lived on in African to get there. This is also the story of the brave people of Iraq, who went back to work at the zoo to rebuild something that was important to them, knowing the entire time that their lives were in danger. It's definitely a testament to the bravery of some humans, and the ugliness that is war.

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