This book is about the start up of the first Roam free park, which is different then running zoos. No one knew what would happen in any situation, or no one we could call for help. it is about five different animal parks, Florida, California, Georgia, Japan and Korea. In my twenty plus years of working with animals, funny , dangerous and sometimes sad things happened.
Inside these parks there were places that we called heads, they were thick with vegetation , and swamps. Lions would go over to the heads, we would track them down, this was different then tracking and hunting them to kill, we had to get a lot closer to the animals to tranquilize them.
For three years I was a regular ranger, after that a chief game warden, Sometimes I would have as many as five lions in a head at once, I was charged by many lions, three times I had to shoot them. I went inside these heads (306) times to tranquilize animals, this is also about things that happened with other African Animals. I feel this would be a very interesting book for people who love animals.
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The author takes the reader along as a participant in the opening and daily operation of many of the drive-thru safari parks that opened in the U.S., and around the world, in the 1960's and 70's. The parks that featured large groups of semi-free ranging carnivores have vanished. I have known Gus for more than forty years and participated in many of the events he describes. Reading the book took me back to one of the most exciting and enjoyable times of my life. I spent more than thirty years in various aspects of the exotic animal business. Most people seemed to envy the type of work I was involved in. This book is an opportunity for anyone who has ever thought about zoo work as a career to find out what they missed, or what they might be getting themselves into.
highly recommended sounds like a very interesting read