The Zoo: The Wild and Wonderful Tale of the Founding of London Zoo: 1826-1851

Author: Isobel Charman

Publisher: Pegasus Books

ISBN: 1681774011

Category: History

Page: 368

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Set in the heart of swirling, Dickensian London, the wondrous history of a unique institution and the incredible characters—human and animal—that populated it. The founding of a zoo in Georgian London is a story of jaw-dropping audacity in the Age of Empire. It is the story of diplomats, traders, scientists, and aristocratic amateur naturalists charged by Sir Stamford Raffles with collecting amazing creatures from all four corners of the globe. It is the story of the first zoo in history, a weird and wonderful oasis in the heart of the filthy, swirling city of Dickensian London, and of the incredible characters, both human and animal, that populated it—from Charles Darwin and Queen Victoria to Obaysch the celebrity hippo, the first that anyone in Britain had ever seen. This is a story of Victorian grandeur, of science and empire, and of adventurers and charlatans. And it is the story of a dizzying age of Empire and industrialization, a time of change unmatched before or since. This is the extraordinary story of London Zoo.

The Zoo

The Wild and Wonderful Tale of the Founding of London Zoo

Author: Isobel Charman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780241975060

Category:

Page: 368

View: 8123

The creation of a zoo in Dickensian London - when only one other existed across the world - is a story of jaw-dropping audacity. It is the story of trailblazing scientists, rival zookeepers and aristocratic naturalists collecting amazing animals from all four corners of the globe. It is the story of a weird and wonderful oasis in the heart of a swirling city, and of incredible characters, both human and animal - from Stamford Raffles and Charles Darwin to Jenny the orang-utan and Obaysch the celebrity hippo, the first that anyone in Britain had ever seen. Against a background of global Empire, domestic reform and industrialisation, this is a new history of a new world.

Zoo

The Wild and Wonderful Tale of the Founding of London Zoo The

Author: Isobel Charman

Publisher: Viking

ISBN: 9780241240700

Category:

Page: 368

View: 4929

"The creation of a zoo in Dickensian London - when only one other existed across the world - is a story of jaw-dropping audacity. It is the story of trailblazing scientists, rival zookeepers and aristocratic naturalists collecting amazing animals from all four corners of the globe. It is the story of a weird and wonderful oasis in the heart of a swirling city, and of incredible characters, both human and animal - from Stamford Raffles and Charles Darwin to Jenny the orang-utan and Obaysch the celebrity hippo, the first that anyone in Britain had ever seen. Against a background of global Empire, domestic reform and industrialisation, this is a new history of a new world."

Fear of the Animal Planet

The Hidden History of Animal Resistance

Author: Jason Hribal,Jeffery St. Clair

Publisher: AK Press

ISBN: 1849350752

Category: Nature

Page: 280

View: 3978

Animals hate captivity; they tell us all the time. We just aren't listening.

Menagerie

The History of Exotic Animals in England

Author: Caroline Grigson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0191024112

Category: History

Page: 400

View: 1040

Menagerie is the story of the panoply of exotic animals that were brought into Britain from time immemorial until the foundation of the London Zoo — a tale replete with the extravagant, the eccentric, and — on occasion — the downright bizarre. From Henry III's elephant at the Tower, to George IV's love affair with Britain's first giraffe and Lady Castlereagh's recalcitrant ostriches, Caroline Grigson's tour through the centuries amounts to the first detailed history of exotic animals in Britain. On the way we encounter a host of fascinating and outlandish creatures, including the first peacocks and popinjays, Thomas More's monkey, James I's cassowaries in St James's Park, and Lord Clive's zebra — which refused to mate with a donkey, until the donkey was painted with stripes. But this is not just the story of the animals themselves. It also the story of all those who came into contact with them: the people who owned them, the merchants who bought and sold them, the seamen who carried them to our shores, the naturalists who wrote about them, the artists who painted them, the itinerant showmen who worked with them, the collectors who collected them. And last but not least, it is about all those who simply came to see and wonder at them, from kings, queens, and nobles to ordinary men, women, and children, often impelled by no more than simple curiosity and a craving for novelty.

The Great War

The People's Story (Official TV Tie-In)

Author: Isobel Charman

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448185939

Category: History

Page: 528

View: 9657

During the First World War three quarters of a million British people died – a figure so huge that it feels impossible to give it a human context. Consequently we struggle to truly grasp the impact this devastating conflict must have had on people's day-to-day lives. We resort to looking at the war from a distance, viewing its events in terms of their political or military significance. The Great War: The People's Story is different. Like the all-star ITV series it accompanies, it immerses the reader in the everyday experiences of real people who lived through the war. Using letters, diaries, and memoirs – many of which have never previously been published – Isobel Charman has painstakingly reconstructed the lives of people such as separated newly-weds Alan and Dorothy Lloyd, plucky enlisted factory-worker Reg Evans and proudly independent suffragist Kate Parry Frye. A century on, they here tell their stories in their own words, offering a uniquely personal account of the conflict. The Great War: The People's Story is both a meticulously researched piece of narrative history and a deeply moving remembrance of the extraordinary acts of extremely ordinary people.

Savages and Beasts

The Birth of the Modern Zoo

Author: Nigel Rothfels

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801898099

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 9767

Rothfels provides both fascinating reading and much-needed historical perspective on the nature of our relationship with the animal kingdom.

Adventures of a Young Naturalist

The Zoo Quest Expeditions

Author: David Attenborough

Publisher: Quercus

ISBN: 1635060710

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

View: 5022

"A GREAT BOOK." --THE NEW YORK TIMES "MARVELOUS." --THE TELEGRAPH "A RARE GLIMPSE OF A FLEDGLING DAVID ATTENBOROUGH IN THE WILD." --VANITY FAIR Living legend and presenter of BBC's Planet Earth series Sir David Attenborough tells the story of his early career as a broadcaster and a naturalist in his own words. In 1954, David Attenborough, a young television presenter, was offered the opportunity of a lifetime--to travel the world finding rare and elusive animals for the London Zoo's collection, and to film the expedition for the BBC for a new show called Zoo Quest. This is the story of those voyages. Staying with local tribes while trekking in search of giant anteaters in Guyana, Komodo dragons in Indonesia, and armadillos in Paraguay, he and the rest of the team contended with cannibal fish, aggressive tree porcupines, and escape-artist wild pigs, as well as treacherous terrain and unpredictable weather, to record the incredible beauty and biodiversity of these regions. Written with his trademark wit and charm, Adventures of a Young Naturalist is not just the story of a remarkable adventure, but of the man who made us fall in love with the natural world and taught us the importance of protecting it--and who is still doing so today.

Zoo Tails

Author: Oliver Graham Jones

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0857502603

Category: Veterinary medicine

Page: 208

View: 3328

Gerald Durrell meets James Herriot. In "Zoo Tails," Oliver Graham Jones recalled his time as the chief vet at London Zoo, and some of the extraordinary animals he met along the way. One puff adder, one antelope, one crocodile -- This was the list of sick animals presented to Oliver Graham Jones on his first day as a new vet at London Zoo in 1951. And his time at the zoo didn't get any less strange or entertaining... There's the time he anaesthetized, and was then chased by, a gorilla; had to capture an angry polar bear in thick fog; performed a colostomy on a python; and fitted a raven in the Tower of London with a wooden leg. And if an animal escaped (more frequently than you might think) or required urgent medical attention, he was always on hand, ready for any eventuality. With his self-deprecating humour, Oliver frequently described himself as quaking with fear, but he was also skilful, brave and, most of all, incredibly caring and kind to his animal patients."

The Extincts

Author: Veronica Cossanteli

Publisher: Chicken House

ISBN: 191149032X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 224

View: 4225

George helps out at Wormestall Farm, a hidden sanctuary for extinctly strange animals that shouldn't be here: dodos, dragons and dinosaurs. But if evil animal-stuffer Diamond Pye gets her way they won't be alive for much longer ...

Story of Colchester Zoo

Author: S. C. Kershaw

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 0752497219

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 7529

Colchester Zoo is one of the finest zoos in Britain, yet, unlike almost every other major zoo in the country, its story has never been told. Now, the forgotten figures of Frank and Helena Farrar are brought to life in this highly readable book which shows how they founded Colchester Zoo in the 1960s. The story is told of how their domestic life with their exotic animals prompted them to embark on a series of adventures which took them all over the world. Also included is the story of how Colchester Zoo fell apart in the 1980s and how the Tropeano family rescued it. This is a tale of struggle and heartbreak, but also of transformation and redemption, and is a fitting tribute to a great animal institution as it reaches its 50th anniversary.

A Different Nature

The Paradoxical World of Zoos and Their Uncertain Future

Author: David Hancocks

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520236769

Category: Science

Page: 279

View: 7975

A former zoo director explores the checkered history of zoos--from ancient Egypt to the present--and advocates a new kind of institution that emphasizes worldwide conservation projects, landscape immersion, and educational programs.

Night of the Animals

A Novel

Author: Bill Broun

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062400819

Category: Fiction

Page: 560

View: 9201

In this imaginative debut, the tale of Noah’s Ark is brilliantly recast as a story of fate and family, set in a near-future London. Over the course of a single night in 2052, a homeless man named Cuthbert Handley sets out on an astonishing quest: to release the animals of the London Zoo. When he was a young boy, Cuthbert’s grandmother had told him he inherited a magical ability to communicate with the animal world—a gift she called the Wonderments. Ever since his older brother’s death in childhood, Cuthbert has heard voices. These maddening whispers must be the Wonderments, he believes, and recently they have promised to reunite him with his lost brother and bring about the coming of a Lord of Animals . . . if he fulfills this curious request. Cuthbert flickers in and out of awareness throughout his desperate pursuit. But his grand plan is not the only thing that threatens to disturb the collective unease of the city. Around him is greater turmoil, as the rest of the world anxiously anticipates the rise of a suicide cult set on destroying the world’s animals along with themselves. Meanwhile, Cuthbert doggedly roams the zoo, cutting open the enclosures, while pressing the animals for information about his brother. Just as this unlikely yet loveable hero begins to release the animals, the cult’s members flood the city’s streets. Has Cuthbert succeeded in harnessing the power of the Wonderments, or has he only added to the chaos—and sealed these innocent animals’ fates? Night of the Animals is an enchanting and inventive tale that explores the boundaries of reality, the ghosts of love and trauma, and the power of redemption.

The Man Who Ate the Zoo

Frank Buckland, forgotten hero of natural history

Author: Richard Girling

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473522943

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

View: 5324

Frank Buckland was an extraordinary man – surgeon, natural historian, popular lecturer, bestselling writer, museum curator, and a conservationist before the concept even existed. Eccentric, revolutionary, prolific, he was one of the nineteenth century’s most improbable geniuses. His lifelong passion was to discover new ways to feed the hungry. Rhinoceros, crocodile, puppy-dog, giraffe, kangaroo, bear and panther all had their chance to impress, but what finally - and, eventually, fatally - obsessed him was fish. Forgotten now, he was one of the most original, far-sighted and influential natural scientists of his time, held as high in public esteem as his great philosophical enemy, Charles Darwin.

The Truth About Animals

Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife

Author: Lucy Cooke

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0465094651

Category: Science

Page: 352

View: 9703

Mary Roach meets Bill Bryson in this "surefire summer winner" (Janet Maslin, New York Times), an uproarious tour of the basest instincts and biggest mysteries of the animal world Humans have gone to the Moon and discovered the Higgs boson, but when it comes to understanding animals, we've still got a long way to go. Whether we're seeing a viral video of romping baby pandas or a picture of penguins "holding hands," it's hard for us not to project our own values--innocence, fidelity, temperance, hard work--onto animals. So you've probably never considered if moose get drunk, penguins cheat on their mates, or worker ants lay about. They do--and that's just for starters. In The Truth About Animals, Lucy Cooke takes us on a worldwide journey to meet everyone from a Colombian hippo castrator to a Chinese panda porn peddler, all to lay bare the secret--and often hilarious--habits of the animal kingdom. Charming and at times downright weird, this modern bestiary is perfect for anyone who has ever suspected that virtue might be unnatural.

The Invention of the Modern Dog

Breed and Blood in Victorian Britain

Author: Michael Worboys,Julie-Marie Strange,Neil Pemberton

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

ISBN: 1421426587

Category: Science

Page: 304

View: 2696

Connecting the emergence and development of certain dog breeds to both scientific understandings of race and blood as well as Britain’s posture in a global empire, The Invention of the Modern Dog demonstrates that studying dog breeding cultures allows historians to better understand the complex social relationships of late-nineteenth-century Britain.

Confessions of an Accidental Zoo Curator

Author: Annette Berkovits

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780998757803

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 4893

From cougars, orangutans, supersize snakes, fugitive pigs, and a shocked New York City cabbie, Confessions is fascinating, and often hilarious. Berkovits masterfully regales readers with stories that give the inside scoop on what went on behind the scenes at one of the world's most famous zoos with facts that read like fiction! Her tales will surprise and enlighten. A must read for all animal lovers and those interested in the future of wildlife. ..".a remarkable story, fascinating and unique...with a deft blend of personal insight and eloquent story-telling, Berkovits takes us from a remote village in Kyrgyzstan to the Bronx Zoo... from neophyte to international leader in her field." -William Conway, former President of the Wildlife Conservation Society and Director of the Bronx Zoo ..".a story that goes far beyond its title. Berkovits goes from a difficult childhood devoid of any real animal connections, to become one of the world's foremost leaders in wildlife conservation education... fascinating and inspiring." - Alan Rabinowitz PhD, Zoologist, Author, CEO Panthera

The Paper Zoo

500 Years of Animals in Art

Author: Charlotte Sleigh

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022644712X

Category: Art

Page: 256

View: 614

For many, their first experience of the natural world is in the pages of books and in library collections--a Paper Zoo. This stunning book gathers together a wide range of beautiful nature illustrations from the British Library's collections, including manuscripts, prints and drawings, and rare printed books, and featuring items from all around the world. With striking images of butterflies, beetles, spiders, animals, shells, fish and birds, the pages bring readers into contact with some of the world's most renowned natural history illustrators, such as Audubon and Catesby, and on expeditions to discover the lesser known rare finds as well. The text traces the story of the art of natural history from the Renaissance through the great age of exploration to the 19th century, to demonstrate how the collaboration between the fields of art and science has rendered such exquisite forms. The plates, all taken from books, are organized into several themed sections, though not on strict taxonomic grounds, but rather on broader themes of exotic, native, domestic, and paradoxical (with reference to what the species were at that time--for what is native now may well once have been exotic).

The Tower Menagerie

The Amazing 600-year History of the Royal Collection of Wild and Ferocious Beasts Kept at the Tower of London

Author: Daniel Hahn

Publisher: J P Tarcher

ISBN: 9781585423354

Category: History

Page: 260

View: 6721

A history of the strange and exotic collection of wild animals kept in the Tower of London, which were used at various times for both entertainment and scientific study by royalty and members of English society.