School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4-6-- Two lucid introductions that focus on modern zoo management. Each title briefly describes the general physical characteristics and behavior of its animals; explains how these facilities meet their basic needs; and outlines standard techniques for safe handling. The books also discuss the cooperative efforts around the world to save endangered species. The texts are straightforward, well organized, and contain some interesting anecdotes about the creatures described. Disappointingly, the 20 clear, full-color photographs that illustrate each title are merely adequate. In several of the shots, particularly in Snakes , only portions of subjects are shown and there are few closeups. Many species are not identified. While most photos match the text, the illustrations of unidentified animals that introduce each chapter serve only as decorations. Curtis's Animals and the New Zoos (Dutton, 1991) provides some of the same information on the care of animals and the design of artificial habitats, but it covers a wider range of species and lacks the detail on procedures offered here. Thomson's Keepers and Creatures at the National Zoo (Crowell, 1988), on a somewhat higher reading level, focuses on the experiences of particular zoo keepers. Smith's titles will appeal most to youngsters who want to know the nitty-gritty details on zoo routines. --Karey Wehner, San Francisco Pub . Lib .
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