By David Grazian
Orangutans swing from Kevlar-lined hearth hoses. Giraffes dinner party on celebratory birthday tarts 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 during 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 big shift clear of their unlucky pasts, American zoos this day 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 obstacles we often use to split tradition from nature, people from animals, and civilization from the wild. even as, zoos deal with a wasteland of competing priorities—animal care, schooling, medical learn, and recreation—all whereas trying to function facilities for conservation within the wake of the present environmental and climate-change quandary. the area of the zoo displays how we venture our personal prejudices and wishes onto the animal state, and make investments nature with which means and sentiment.
A revealing portrayal of comedian animals, thrilled youngsters, and feisty zookeepers, American Zoo is a impressive close-up exploration of a vintage cultural attraction.
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