By David Grazian
Orangutans swing from Kevlar-lined fireplace hoses. Giraffes ceremonial dinner on celebratory birthday truffles 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 throughout 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 tots, and the opposite human primates that make up the zoo's social global. He indicates that during a massive shift clear of their unlucky pasts, American zoos this present day emphasize naturalistic shows 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 barriers we often use to split tradition from nature, people from animals, and civilization from the wild. while, zoos deal with a desolate tract of competing priorities—animal care, schooling, medical examine, and recreation—all whereas trying to function facilities for conservation within the wake of the present environmental and climate-change challenge. the realm of the zoo displays how we venture our personal prejudices and wishes onto the animal country, and make investments nature with that means and sentiment.
A revealing portrayal of comedian animals, overjoyed kids, and feisty zookeepers, American Zoo is a notable close-up exploration of a vintage cultural attraction.
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