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American Zoo: A Sociological Safari by David Grazian

By David Grazian

Orangutans swing from Kevlar-lined fireplace hoses. Giraffes banquet on celebratory birthday brownies crowned with carrots rather than candles. Hi-tech dinosaur robots growl between metal bushes, whereas owls watch lively cartoons on previous 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 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 exhibits that during a tremendous 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 barriers we often use to split tradition from nature, people from animals, and civilization from the wild. even as, zoos deal with a desert of competing priorities—animal care, schooling, medical study, and recreation—all whereas trying to function facilities for conservation within the wake of the present environmental and climate-change concern. the area of the zoo displays how we undertaking our personal prejudices and wishes onto the animal state, and make investments nature with which means and sentiment.

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

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