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A Different Nature: The Paradoxical World of Zoos and Their Uncertain Future
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David Hancocks
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A Different Nature: The Paradoxical World of Zoos and Their Uncertain Future

David Hancocks


University of California Press

Zoology & animal sciences;
Conservation of wildlife & habitats;
Zoos & wildlife parks


302 pages

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Humanity has had an enduring desire for close contact with exotic animals - from the Egyptian kings who kept thousands of animals, including monkeys, wild cats, hyenas, giraffes, and oryx, to the enormously popular zoological parks of today. This book, an extensive history of zoos, provides a fascinating look at the origins, evolution, and - most importantly - the future of zoos. David Hancocks, an architect and zoo director for 30 years, is passionately opposed to the poor standards that have prevailed and still exist in many zoos. He reviews the history of zoos in light of their failures and successes and points the way toward a more humane approach, one that will benefit both the animals and the humans who visit them. This book, replete with illustrations and full of moving stories about wild animals in captivity, shows that we have only just begun to realize zoos' enormous potential for good. Hancocks singles out and discusses the better zoos, exploring such places as the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, the Bronx Zoo with its dedication to worldwide conservation programmes, Emmen Zoo in Holland with its astonishingly diverse education programmes, Wildscreen in England, and Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo, where the concept of landscape immersion - exhibits that surround people and animals in carefully replicated natural habitats - was pioneered. Calling for us to reinvent zoos, Hancocks advocates the creation of a new type of institution: one that reveals the interconnections among all living things and celebrates their beauty, inspires us to develop greater compassion for wild animals great and small, and elicits our support for preserving their wild habitats.

By:   David Hancocks
Imprint:   University of California Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   499g
ISBN:   9780520236769
ISBN 10:   0520236769
Pages:   302
Publication Date:   January 2003
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

David Hancocks lives in Melbourne, Australia. He is Director of the Open Range Zoo, at Werribee, and Director of Planning for the Zoological Parks and Gardens Board, Victoria, Australia. He is author of Animals and Architecture (1971) and Master Builders of the Animal World (1973).

Brilliant. Its clear and unpretentious language and Hancocks' evident passion for and knowledge of his subject made it one of the best books I have read in a long while. -Tim Murray, The Age (Melbourne) An excellent survey. -BBC Wildlife

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