Sailing With Noah: Stories from the World of Zoos

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"An intensely personal, behind-the-scenes look at modern zoos, written in a lively, accessible style. Through a variety of true stories, some funny, some sad, occurring in different cities and on different continents, Bonner describes the changing role of zoos and argues that conservation is the shared responsibility of all mankind"--Provided by publisher.

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JEFFREY P. BONNER is the President and CEO of the Saint Louis Zoo and past President of the Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens, He is the author of Land Reform and Economic Development in India: A Study of Two Haryana Villages.

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“Noted conservationist Dr. Jeffrey Bonner shares insight from his career with animals in this new book entitled Sailing with Noah.  Through his amazing experiences with animal husbandry in zoos to animal behavior in the wild, he takes a unique look at how conservation should be approached, as we humans are—indeed—the keepers of our world!”—Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus, Columbus Zoo

 



“Jeff Bonner is a natural storyteller with a marvelous eye for the meaningful. This is important because what he has to say is important, often unexpected, and even fearless. His insights on the human-wildlife relationship are presented so engagingly that his points penetrate deeply, whether about the sensibleness of some gorillas or the senselessness of some animal-loving humans. This is easily the best ‘zoo book’ I have ever read, partly because it is about so much more than zoos. It is personal, enjoyable, and also kindly. If you are interested in animals, you will enjoy the revelations and take hope from Bonner’s optimism.”—William Conway, Senior Conservationist and former President, Wildlife Conservation Society



Sailing with Noah is a highly readable, enjoyable, and engrossing account of the turnaround zoological parks have made to meet the impending crisis of nature’s disappearance. Ever since Geral Durrell’s and James Herriot’s deaths a decade ago, there has been an unfilled niche in the market for animal lovers. Jeff Bonner takes that genre a leap into the modern age. . . . Bonner’s chatty, earnest, direct style is convincing and powerful. This book will have profound influence.”—Patricia C. Wright, Executive Director, Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments



“In his easy-going, delightful prose, Jeff Bonner leads us gently on a journey that leads from pandas to philosophy, spitting cobras to rhinos and Amur tigers, burying beetles to ruffed lemurs and sifakas, Madagascar to Botswana, the Madagascar Faunal Group to PETA, but it is really a journey into ourselves, the symbolism and reality of zoos in our lives, and a worthy challenge to us to take care of our troubled planet. Zoos as a safety net for species endangered in the wild, zoos as a place where people can meet the emissaries of other species and come to appreciate them, zoos as a metaphor for the whole world—Bonner thoughtfully discusses each of these, weaving a rich account of zoos in the modern world, of his own life, and of our individual obligations. Sailing with Noah is a book to be read by anyone who values the present or cares about the future.”— Peter H. Raven, Director, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis



 “The time is long overdue for a straightforward account of zoos, what they do, how they do it, and probably most important of all, why they do it. Jeff Bonner’s Sailing with Noah effectively fills this niche and more besides.”
—David Morgan, Executive Director, African Association of Zoos and Aquariums

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