Book Reviews of Kicked, Bitten, and Scratched : Life and Lessons at the World's Premier School for Exotic Animal Trainers

Kicked, Bitten, and Scratched : Life and Lessons at the World's Premier School for Exotic Animal Trainers
Kicked Bitten and Scratched Life and Lessons at the World's Premier School for Exotic Animal Trainers
Author: Amy Sutherland
ISBN-13: 9780670037681
ISBN-10: 0670037680
Publication Date: 6/1/2006
Pages: 336
Rating:
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3.7 stars, based on 15 ratings
Publisher: Viking Adult
Book Type: Hardcover
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Most animal books are filled with warm heart tugging stories, this book is written by a journalist and you can tell. It is very straight forward and dry, almost like a text book giving the facts and information behind EATM. I was hoping for more of a view from one of the students rather than an outsiders view. I don't know that I would recommend it to people who like animal stories...
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Terrific! From Publishers Weekly
Graduates of the Exotic Animal Training and Management Program at California's Moorpark College land jobs in prestigious zoos, animal sanctuaries and research facilities, and they can be found in high-profile positions in Hollywood studios, the U.S. Navy and the organization Guide Dogs for the Blind. Sutherland (Cookoff: Recipe Fever in America) chronicles the intriguing year she spent with students at this "Harvard for exotic animal trainers," accompanying the "first years" as they interact with the exotic and not-so-exotic animals in the teaching zoo—including baboons, cougars, servals, wolves, tortoises, snakes and rats. She attends classes in the rigorous academic program, goes to training sessions where the students learn to communicate with, rather than dominate, the animals, and discovers that the school is no place for anyone who thinks animals are cute: students may be attacked by emus, kicked by mule deer or backed into corners by camels. There is, however, much friction among the students, especially with the "second years." Sutherland observes that people who relate well to animals don't always relate well to other people, and this theme makes the book a fascinating study in human as well as animal behavior. (June)
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Good memoirs.