Kicked, Bitten, and Scratched: Life and Lessons at the World's Premier School for Exotic Animal Trainersby Amy Sutherland
As is obvious to anyone who has read her most e-mailed New York Times article of 2006, ?What Shamu Taught Me About a Happy Marriage,? Amy Sutherland knows a thing or two about animals. In Kicked, Bitten, and Scratched, she takes readers behind the gates of/i>/i>/b>
A rare and absolutely enchanting look inside the Harvard of wild animal wranglers
As is obvious to anyone who has read her most e-mailed New York Times article of 2006, ?What Shamu Taught Me About a Happy Marriage,? Amy Sutherland knows a thing or two about animals. In Kicked, Bitten, and Scratched, she takes readers behind the gates of Moorpark Community College, where students are taught such skills as how to train a hyena to pirouette and coax a tiger to open wide for a vet exam. As she follows the faculty, student body, and four- footed teaching aides at Moorpark's Exotic Animal Training and Management program, Sutherland produces a true walk on the wild side, filled with wonder, comedy, occasional heartache, and transcendent beauty.
The New York Times
- Penguin Publishing Group
- Publication date:
- Sold by:
- Penguin Group
- NOOK Book
- Sales rank:
- File size:
- 398 KB
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
What People are saying about this
Meet the Author
Amy Sutherland is the author of Cookoff and was a features reporter at the Portland Press Herald in Portland, Maine, for seven years. Her articles have also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, and Disney Magazine. She has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
and post it to your social network
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews >
I always wanted to work at the San Diego Zoo but now I realize I never will since I am 68. However I greatly enjoyed this book. I didn't realize exactly HOW dedicated you have to be to actually get a zoo job. Also HOW difficult it is to get such a low paying job. Well none of that would have stopped me but Moorpark wasn't available (well the EATM part anyhow) when I got out of college. Now that was one thing about this book--she does abbreviate phrases and doesn't tell you what they stand for. I ended up googling EATM and it stands for Exotic Animal Training and Management. But there were other abbreviations and she should have said what they were. Never the less it was a very interesting book for me to read. I only wish I could have been there and done those things, but at least I got to read about it and dream what could have been. This was THE BOOK for me but then you have to understand how much I wanted to be Joan Embrey at the SD Zoo. The book just pretty much covers the experiences of one class the first year. It would have been even more interesting if it had followed the class through both years. For anyone planning to work at a zoo or hoping to train animals, it is practically a must read. For anyone who wanted to work at a zoo, its also a great read. Quite honestly for the average person who doesn't have these interests, it wouldn't be so interesting. BUT I sure do thank the author for writing this book for the enjoyment it brought me.
This was a wonderful peek inside of the every day life at a exotic wildlife training school. I have worked with gibbons and small clawed asian otters in the past and could relate to some of the odd behaviors and mood swings that they can have. I really enjoyed it.