Zoo Culture

Zoo Culture

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This provocative study shows that zoos tell us as much about humans as they do about animals. Through observations based on visits to zoos and conversations with zoo owners and keepers all over the world, the authors suggest that, while animals may not need zoos, urban societies seem to. A new preface takes note of dramatic changes in the perceived role of zoos that have occurred since the book's original publication.In our cultural history buildings provided for keeping wild animals in captivity have often been of splendid and elaborate design. ... At the opposite extreme is the a#39;Jungle Worlda#39; exhibit opened at the Bronx Zoo in New York in June 1985. Although ... structure merely forms a neutral container, and it is significant that in none of the press photographs of a#39;Jungle Worlda#39; does the external architecture feature.

Title:Zoo Culture
Author:Bob Mullan, Garry Marvin
Publisher:University of Illinois Press - 1999


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