American Zoo: A Sociological Safari by David Grazian

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 timber, whereas owls watch lively cartoons on previous tv units. In American Zoo, sociologist David Grazian takes us on a safari in the course of the modern zoo, alive with its many contradictions and weird wonders.

Trading in his tweed jacket for a zoo uniform and 2 muddy paintings boots, Grazian introduces us to zookeepers and animal rights activists, mom and dad and little toddlers, and the opposite human primates that make up the zoo's social international. He indicates that during a huge shift clear of their unlucky pasts, American zoos at the present time emphasize naturalistic indicates 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 obstacles we frequently use to split tradition from nature, people from animals, and civilization from the wild. even as, zoos deal with a desolate tract of competing priorities—animal care, schooling, clinical study, and recreation—all whereas trying to function facilities for conservation within the wake of the present environmental and climate-change obstacle. the realm of the zoo displays how we venture our personal prejudices and needs onto the animal state, and make investments nature with which means and sentiment.

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

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