Pelican Swallowed My Head and Other Zoo Storiesby Edward R. Ricciuti
When the Bronx Zoo first opened its doors on November 8, 1899, the public poured in to see exotic wild animals such as organutans and egrets. Created on an undreamed-of scale, the zoo spread across 265 acres of Bronx wilderness, just north of the island of Manhattan. It was hailed as the greatest zoo in the world with a collection of 843 animals, representing 157 species. Today the Bronx Zoo -- now run by the Wildlife Conservation Society -- is renowned as much for its aggressive approach to animal breeding and preservation as for its amusement of visitors. Taking readers behind the scenes, zoo staffers tell stories about the animals they work with, from the amazing recapture of an escaped python to the nasty court battle for one of the country's most lovable gorillas. Readers will meet Choo Choo the owl with no wings; black bears named Archie, Jughead, Betty, and Veronica; and a whole colony of naked mole-rats. From one amazing animal story to the next, this captivating collection is full of remarkable facts. Join us as naturalist author Edward R. Ricciuti celebrates this bevy of beasts and those dedicated individuals who care for them.
- Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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- 6.58(w) x 8.78(h) x 0.90(d)
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- 8 - 12 Years
Meet the Author
Edward R. Ricciuti is a former curator of the New York Zoological Society, now the Wildlife Conservation Society. He was editor of Animal Kingdom, the society's magazine. He has written more than seventy nonfiction books for children and adults, and thousands of articles for newspapers and magazines ranging from USA Today to Wildlife Conservation. He was "The Animal Man," on The Patchwork Family, an educational program for youngsters on WCBS-TV in New York City. As a child, Ed grew up a few minutes' walk from the Bronx Zoo, where elephants, emus, and other creatures sparked his interest in wildlife. He now lives in a small town in southeastern Connecticut.
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