Cloth $40.00 ISBN: 9781861891112 Published May 2004 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781861892089 Published April 2004 For sale in North and South America only

Zoo

A History of Zoological Gardens in the West

Eric Baratay and Elisabeth Hardouin-Fugier

Zoo
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Eric Baratay and Elisabeth Hardouin-Fugier

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356 pages | 8.25 x 9.87 | © 2004
Cloth $40.00 ISBN: 9781861891112 Published May 2004 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781861892089 Published April 2004 For sale in North and South America only
Wild animals have fascinated human observers since time immemorial. The story of our interest in collecting, classifying and dominating Nature looms large; thus it is surprising that the history of menageries, zoological gardens and zoos as we know them today has been so poorly documented. This gap is addressed by Zoo.

In the Renaissance, wealthy aristocrats showcased exotic beasts in private menageries. Safely caged, animals inspired the interest of naturalists and fed the curiosity of the masses. By the 19th century, increased urbanization and colonization aided the expansion of zoos in which animals were tamed to serve as domesticated livestock. Nowadays, with many natural habitats under threat of extinction, the social function of zoos is less clear. Such institutions both present the illusion of wild animals in a natural state to a nostalgic public and find themselves justifying their existence as saviors of endangered species.
Sunday Times
"[An] impressive book."
The Times
"A fascinating and wide-ranging history of zoos from the menageries attached to aristocratic palaces and villas in the 1500s to those in modern cities. . . . Provides the intriguing and often harrowing background to one of the most agonising dilemmas of our time: with ever more species threatened with extinction in their natural habitat, should we seek to preserve them in special sanctuaries and if so where and how?"
New Scientist
"A richly informative book. An absolute must for those interested in zoo history--or anyone fascinated by homo sapiens’ changing relationship with our fellow creatures."
The Independent | Books of the Year
"A fascinating cultural and architectural history."
Library Journal | Best Books of 2002
"Not just a compendium of pretty pictures--though you’ll be stunned by the 400 images--this book traces the history of zoos throughout the world. Among similar books, it is unique in exploring the social ramifications of our relations with the peaceable kingdom."
Contents
Introduction: The Call of the Wild
I. The Passion for Collecting (1500s to 1700s)
—1. Ancient Trophies
—2. The Aristocracy's New-found Curiosity
—3. Baroque Scenography
—4. Popular Pleasures
II. The Need for Control (1800s)
—5. The Elite and the Invention of the Zoo
—6. Imperial Glory
—7. The Exploitation of Nature
—8. The Thrill of the Wild
III. The Yearning for Nature (1900s)
—9. A Public Quest
—10. The Illusions of Liberty
—11. The Imitation of Nature
—Epilogue
IV. Zoos Through the Ages
V. Artists and the Zoo
References
Photographic Acknowledgements
Index
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