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.