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The Peaceable Kingdom: A Year in the Life of America's Oldest Zoo
The Peaceable Kingdom A Year in the Life of America's Oldest Zoo Author:John Sedgwick The Philadelphia Zoo is America's oldest and, as Mr. Sedgwick writes in his introduction, "most intimate and charming" zoo. He spent a year at the zoo, and he recreates the many adventures he witnessed with high drama that is completely engaging and often hilarious. — A young elephant keeper - a Vietnam veteran - struggles to win the trust of the... more » zoo's four unusually shrewd and treacherous elephants.
After a lifetime of celibacy, the zoo's Indian rhino, Billy, finally gets a chance to mate when Xavira is flown in from Switzerland in a bold attempt to propagate a rare species.
A young laboratory technician is heartbroken when the little bearcat she has hand-raised is sold to another zoo.
A handsome female wolf is challenged by her sister for the right to mate with the park's only male, and their story is witnessed daily by a devoted amateur called the Wolf Lady.
This book is about the enduring love of man for animals, from the top of the zoo's multifaceted organization to the bottom. For animal lovers of every stripe, "The Peaceable Kingdon" is a book to make you laugh and weep, to rejoice at the compassion of the much-loved animal garden, then to help you view your own zoo with new awareness and insights.« less