The Menagerie: A Zoo Story [NOOK Book]

Overview

Animals fascinate us. We live with them as pets and we study them eagerly, both in the wild and in our local zoos and aquariums. Many modern zoos have reached their hundredth anniversary and dozens of books have been written for their centennials. But it is unlikely that any zoo had the knowledge of past events to tell the whole story – until now. The Dotson Park Zoo may be a place of fiction, but its stories will ring true for anyone who has ever been immersed into the culture ...
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The Menagerie: A Zoo Story

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Overview

Animals fascinate us. We live with them as pets and we study them eagerly, both in the wild and in our local zoos and aquariums. Many modern zoos have reached their hundredth anniversary and dozens of books have been written for their centennials. But it is unlikely that any zoo had the knowledge of past events to tell the whole story – until now. The Dotson Park Zoo may be a place of fiction, but its stories will ring true for anyone who has ever been immersed into the culture of zoos.
The Menagerie is the story of one of America’s great zoos – a zoo that has long prided itself on being at the cutting edge of zoo technology. Its history includes a wrestling bear that kills a man in a bar-fight, a cobra in a baby carriage, and chimpanzees and elephants living together in the same space. And it is a history that reveals two dead bodies, both murdered at the zoo.
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Editorial Reviews

Symbiosis: Journal of Zoo Docents - Beverly Shaff
Have a love for zoos, ever think about how a zoo becomes a zoo? This is a wonderfully
written story of The Dotson Park Zoo, a fictitious place but a story of one of the great American zoos. Flash back in time to a wrestling bear that kills a man in a bar-fight, a cobra in a baby carriage and chimpanzees and elephants living together in the same exhibit. Two dead bodies discovered, both murdered at the zoo. Fascinating history that gives you a new appreciation for zoos and some of the things
Goodreads.com - Beverly a.
Wonderful read! If you are a fan of zoo's you will enjoy this book.
Amazon.com - Don Porter
This was not what I expected from the title. I like to learn when I read and I expected a lot of zoological information. But there was more to this than just a zoo story. There were background stories and character development weaving through periods of time as well through periods of racial and gender struggles that remind us of the way things were in the not so distant (or pleasant) past. This was a good read for learning about the efforts to build and maintain a zoo and for being immersed in
Goodreads.com - Karen Liebert
I love a story that starts with the discovery of a dead body. It just pulls you right in, but this book is more than just a mystery. The Menagerie is a “who done it” set amidst the background of a zoo, where the people are not the only ones with personalities. We get to know a little of the behind the scenes in the interesting world of a long established zoological park. Porter makes good use of his zoo experience to bring this story to life. I really enjoyed it.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016224794
  • Publisher: J. D. Porter
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 242
  • File size: 914 KB

Meet the Author

J. Douglas Porter has spent more than thirty years in the zoo business working his way from zookeeper to zoo director. His career has taken him to work at zoos in Toronto, Louisville, Tampa, Sioux Falls, and Toledo and to view wildlife in the Amazon rainforest, the Galapagos Islands, the African savanna, and the Arctic tundra. He has visited hundreds of zoos in the Americas and Europe. This is his first novel.
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