Saving the Baghdad Zoo: A True Story of Hope and Heroes

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The baghdad zoo was once home to more than six hundred magnificent animals. But after the war in Iraq began in 2003, the city faced widespread destruction.

When U. S. Army Captain William Sumner was asked to check out the state of the zoo, he found that it, too, was devastated. Hundreds of animals were missing, and the few remaining were in desperate need of care. And so Captain Sumner accepted a new mission. Together with an international team of zoologists, veterinarians, conservationists, and dedicated animal lovers, Captain Sumner worked tirelessly to save the neglected—but tenacious—animals of Baghdad.

Saving the Baghdad Zoo tells the poignant stories of these remarkable animals. Meet the abandoned lions who roamed an empty palace with no food or drink; the camel, Lumpy, who survived transport through sniper fire; the tigers, Riley and Hope, who traveled 7,000 miles from home; and many more.

The Baghdad Zoo, open once again to the people of Iraq, has become an oasis of hope and safety in a city where both are precious gifts.

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Kelly Milner halls is the author of more than twenty acclaimed books for children. She has also written articles for numerous publications, including Teen People, Highlights for Children, the Chicago Tribune, and the Washington Post. Kelly Milner Halls lives in Spokane, Washington.



Major William Sumner served as a captain with the U.S. Army 354th Civil Affairs Brigade. Since completing his tour of duty in Iraq, Sumner has been assigned to the U.S. Strategic Command and promoted to major. He continues to support efforts at the Baghdad Zoo and has worked with the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield to protect cultural heritage in conflict areas. He holds master's degrees in education and archaeology and is currently pursuing a doctorate in biodefense. Major Sumner lives with his wife and two daughters in Nebraska.

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