By David Grazian

Orangutans swing from Kevlar-lined fireplace hoses. Giraffes banquet on celebratory birthday truffles crowned with carrots rather than candles. Hi-tech dinosaur robots growl between metal bushes, whereas owls watch lively cartoons on outdated tv units. In American Zoo, sociologist David Grazian takes us on a safari throughout the modern zoo, alive with its many contradictions and unusual wonders.

Trading in his tweed jacket for a zoo uniform and a couple of muddy paintings boots, Grazian introduces us to zookeepers and animal rights activists, mom and dad and tots, and the opposite human primates that make up the zoo's social international. He indicates that during a massive shift clear of their unlucky pasts, American zoos at the present time emphasize naturalistic shows teeming with lush and immersive landscapes, breeding courses for endangered animals, and enrichment actions for his or her captive creatures. In doing so, zoos blur the imaginary limitations we often use to split tradition from nature, people from animals, and civilization from the wild. whilst, zoos deal with a barren region of competing priorities—animal care, schooling, clinical learn, and recreation—all whereas trying to function facilities for conservation within the wake of the present environmental and climate-change challenge. the realm of the zoo displays how we undertaking our personal prejudices and needs onto the animal country, and make investments nature with which means and sentiment.

A revealing portrayal of comedian animals, thrilled little ones, and feisty zookeepers, American Zoo is a impressive close-up exploration of a vintage cultural attraction.

Show description

Read or Download American Zoo: A Sociological Safari PDF

Similar zoology books

Ontogeny, Functional Ecology, and Evolution of Bats - download pdf or read online

The examine of animal improvement has deep ancient roots in codifying the sector of evolutionary biology. within the Nineteen Forties evolutionary thought turned engulfed by way of analyses of microevolutionary genetics and improvement turned thinking about mechanisms, abandoning the evolutionary implications of ontogeny. lately, ontogeny has resurfaced as an important component to evolutionary swap and likewise of inhabitants and neighborhood dynamics.

Read e-book online Aquaculture and Behavior PDF

Sleek aquaculture is confronted with a couple of demanding situations, together with public hindrance approximately environmental affects and the welfare of farmed fish. A primary figuring out of fish biology is vital to discovering how one can meet those demanding situations and is additionally crucial for keeping the industry's sustainability.

Download PDF by N. Birau,W. Schloot: Melatonin: Current Status and Perspectives: Proceedings of

Advances within the Biosciences, quantity 29: Melatonin – present prestige and views is a compilation of papers by means of diverse authors provided within the lawsuits of a global Symposium on Melatonin, held in Bremen, Federal Republic of Germany on September 28-30, 1980. This quantity is split into six elements, in which the 1st half covers the trying out tools of melatonin; using the prestige of assay tools of melatonin; and similar stories.

Experimental Approaches to Understanding Fossil Organisms: by Daniel I. Hembree,Brian F. Platt,Jon J. Smith PDF

Paleontologists and geologists fight with examine questions usually complex via the loss or perhaps absence of key paleobiological and paleoenvironmental info. perception into this lacking facts may be received via direct exploration of analogous dwelling organisms and sleek environments. inventive, experimental and interdisciplinary remedies of such ancient-Earth analogs shape the root of classes from the dwelling.

Extra resources for American Zoo: A Sociological Safari

Example text

Download PDF sample

American Zoo: A Sociological Safari by David Grazian

by James

Download PDF by David Grazian: American Zoo: A Sociological Safari
Rated 4.04 of 5 – based on 10 votes