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by Vicki Croke

Download The MODERN ARK: The Story of Zoos: Past, Present, and Future ePub
  • ISBN 068419712X
  • ISBN13 978-0684197128
  • Language English
  • Author Vicki Croke
  • Publisher Scribner; 1st edition (March 4, 1997)
  • Pages 272
  • Formats lrf mobi azw lit
  • Category Math
  • Subcategory Biological Sciences
  • Size ePub 1352 kb
  • Size Fb2 1580 kb
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 658

Examines the evolution of zoos from concrete-paved mazes to naturally-landscaped education centers focused on the preservation of endangered species and explores the issues facing zoos today

Following the lead of private menageries in Europe, public zoos began to proliferate throughout America. What once started as symbols of prestige and power are now educational centers, developing advanced technologies in the race to conserve all that remains of the natural world.

Following the lead of private menageries in Europe, public zoos began to proliferate throughout America. With DNA fingerprinting, artificial insemination, embryo transfers, and egg harvesting, zoos play a critical role in the fight to save endangered species.

The Modern Ark - Vicki Croke. What will our zoos tell future generations about our culture? We certainly live in a technological age: We can create periodic rainshowers in artificial indoor rain forests, and zoo animals are fed optimal diets and given great medical care. AS I STOOD watching a small group of orangutans at the Los Angeles Zoo on a bright December day, the keeper, Rosemarie Weisz, invited me to come back later and visit with them more closely in their night quarters. But the crossroads for zoos today is one in which the scientific path meets the moral, ethical and spiritual paths.

But wildlife journalist Vicki Croke provides answers in The Modern Ark, a fascinating history of zoos, the . The Modern Ark provides many stories from zoos all over the world (some of them might be located near you) and the animals they house

But wildlife journalist Vicki Croke provides answers in The Modern Ark, a fascinating history of zoos, the animals they house, how they reflect changing attitudes, and what their future may be. Croke traveled widely to conduct prodigious ng humans and spending time with some amazing members of the animal kingdom-and she offers an enlightening look at zoos. The Modern Ark provides many stories from zoos all over the world (some of them might be located near you) and the animals they house. Enjoyable reading for those who care about the well being of animals in zoos, as well as those with a general interest in zoo animals. Croke is a journalist with a syndicated column on amimals

But wildlife journalist Vicki Croke provides answers in The Modern Ark, a fascinating history of zoos, the animals they house, how they reflect changing attitudes, and what their future may be. Some of it is funny, some of it's disturbing. All of it is interesting. Croke is a journalist with a syndicated column on amimals. This book seems to have been cobbled together from some number of such columns, with the result that it is exceedingly repetitive.

Vicki Croke does an absolutely fabulous job of completely sucking into the zoo world. The chapters on how zoos are progressing from the cages and bars of the past to the "natural habitat" format are extremely well presented. She does not take away the mystery and awe that the zoos now provide for us. She gives us a seemingly unbiased factual look at how zoos were formed, how they are becoming better for animals and people alike, and what they are moving towards. Also of particular interest were the sections on how animals react when confined, and how zoos are experimenting with changes in the environment to stimulate the animal's mental health, with mixed results.

Additional Physical Format: Online version: Croke, Vicki. 272 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm. Other Titles: Story of zoos : past, present, and future. Responsibility: Vicki Croke. All Authors, Contributors: Vicki Croke. Find more information about: Vicki Croke. ISBN: 038073380731312.

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The Modern Ark. The Story of Zoos: Past, Present. With illustrative details like these, Vicki Croke, the wildlife columnist for The Boston Globe, guarantees that readers of ''The Modern Ark'' will never look at zoos the same way again. Her absorbing, provocative book distinguishes between preserving ''just pure protoplasm, or the whole animal,'' including behavioral skills.

Talk about The MODERN ARK: The Story of Zoos: Past, Present, and Future


Thetath
I read this book as part of research I was doing on another subject (a subject other than zoos, that is), and I am very glad that I did read it, for in giving the history of zoos, the concepts behind that history, and explaining how animals react to captivity, the author has made me think about zoos in a way I never before considered. I'm now convinced that zoos exist for the pleasures of human beings, which in the case of zoos are diametrically opposed to the pleasures of the captive animals. But the author also raises the question of whether or not zoos help save endangered species, and here it's more difficult to answer Yes or No than with the previous question of whether or not zoos help the captive animals live a full and natural life. All in all, an informative, though-provoking book. I give it four stars instead of five because I feel there's some repetition, some rambling, and some side-stepping of questions. But I recommend reading it.
Goltikree
This is a great product. The price is good too.
Murn
I really enjoyed this book! If you have an interest in animals in general, especially wild animals we will likely only see in zoos or on TV, then this is a great read. Despite a somewhat weighty topic, the book flows well in an easy to read style, packed full of examples and anecdotes. The chapters on how zoos are progressing from the cages and bars of the past to the "natural habitat" format are extremely well presented. Also of particular interest were the sections on how animals react when confined, and how zoos are experimenting with changes in the environment to stimulate the animal's mental health, with mixed results. Overall, this is a great book, and the author has done an exceptional job at presenting the topic. It will change the way you think about zoos, and the animals that inhabit them. Buy the book if you can find it.
Dianaghma
Croke is a journalist with a syndicated column on amimals. This book seems to have been cobbled together from some number of such columns, with the result that it is exceedingly repetitive. Indeed, I kept having to check the page numbers over the first 100 pages or so because I began to think I had read the same pages before. I had not, but I _had_ read the same information.
The book suffers flaws typical of those who write under tight deadlines: it is full of poor grammar, cliches, and evidence of misunderstanding of common (but oft misunderstood) words and phrases (e.g., "quantum leap," here used to mean something like "great progress").
The biggest flaw of the book, however, is also its biggest advantage: Croke relies entirely on secondary or tertiary sources, contributing nothing original save quotations from some needless and uninformative interviews. Hence, the potential reader interested in reading about zoos has only to look at Croke's (short) bibliography and choose a more likely looking (and almost certainly better) book about zoos.
Not recommended.
Tekasa
Vicki Croke does an absolutely fabulous job of completely sucking into the zoo world. She does not take away the mystery and awe that the zoos now provide for us. She gives us a seemingly unbiased factual look at how zoos were formed, how they are becoming better for animals and people alike, and what they are moving towards. Anyone who has ever been interested in visiting zoos really need to read this book because it will completely change your zoo perspective as it has mine. Thank You Vicki for such a great book!!
Mora
As a frequent zoo goer, I was able to identify with the facts mentioned in this book from my past zoo experiences. The Modern Ark provides many stories from zoos all over the world (some of them might be located near you) and the animals they house. Enjoyable reading for those who care about the well being of animals in zoos, as well as those with a general interest in zoo animals.
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Zoos are prisons ~ plain and simple, wild animal belong in the wild.