Zoo in the Sky

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Zoo in the Sky

Zoo in the Sky

A Book of Animal Constellations

  • Author: Jacqueline Mitton,Christina Balit
  • Publisher: National Geographic Books
  • ISBN: 9780792259350
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 32
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Shows and describes the animal constellations, including Canis Major and Scorpius the Scorpion, and provides information about some of the more unusual stars that make up the constellations. Reprint.

A Zoo in My Luggage

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A Zoo in My Luggage

A Zoo in My Luggage

  • Author: Gerald Durrell
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141931655
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 192
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The true and hilarious story of how Gerald Durrell and his wife set up their own zoo. Journeying to the Cameroons, he and his wife, helped by the renowned Fon of Bafut, managed to collect 'plenty beef.' Their difficulties began when they found themselves back at home, with Cholmondely the chimpanzee, Bug-Eye the bush-baby, and other founder members... and nowhere to put them

Zoo in the Garden

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Zoo in the Garden

Zoo in the Garden

  • Author: Edward Hamilton Aitken
  • Publisher: Orient Blackswan
  • ISBN: 9788178241210
  • Category: Birds
  • Page: 277
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Edward Hamilton Aitken`S Enchanting Writings On Natural History Capture The Drama In The Lives Of Neighbours: Frogs In Our Ponds, Crows On Our Window Sills, Lizards Behind Our Cupboards, And Many Others. His Prose, At Once Comic And Poetic, Captivated Readers At The Turn Of The Century In India.

I See the Moon

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I See the Moon

I See the Moon

  • Author: Jacqueline Mitton
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Bks
  • ISBN: 9781845076337
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 32
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What is the Moon like tonight? Its Turn the pages to see its many enchanting phases - from a horned crescent to the plump-faced Man in the Moon, from the icy crystal ring round the Moon to a dark orange eclipse - watched by Owl, Beaver, Koala, Spider Monkey and other creatures around the globe. The final scene has a surprise in store! Brief science notes make this a perfect introduction to the night sky for very young readers.

Once Upon a Starry Night

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Once Upon a Starry Night

Once Upon a Starry Night

Heroes and Gods of the Constellations

  • Author: Jacqueline Mitton
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 1845070739
  • Category: Constellations
  • Page: 24
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From Hercules to Cassiopeia, young stargazers can learn the stories behind 10 great constellations, drawing on both scientific fact and ancient legends. Detailed illustrations and foil blocking make this a beautiful addition to the series.Ages 6 and up

Zoos in Postmodernism

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Zoos in Postmodernism

Zoos in Postmodernism

Signs and Simulation

  • Author: Stephen Spotte
  • Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
  • ISBN: 083864094X
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 208
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In his new book, Zoos in Postmodernism: Signs and Simulation, marine biologist Stephen Spotte lumps together public aquariums and zoological parks (which he collectively calls zoos) and treats them as cultural derivatives assessable using semiotics (the study of signs and their meanings) and Baudrillard's models of simulation. He concludes that only modernist zoos can exist in postmodern times, making captive animal displays anachronistic. Today's zoos are thus reminiscent of an era generally agreed to have ended with the 1950s. Unable to evolve and compete with contemporary entertainments, they can only be spectacles viewed passively. The putative mission of zoos - education and conservation - yield doubtful results, education because its information relies on description and exposition instead of narrative, conservation because only a few large, showy vertebrates receive the most effort. By controlling reproduction and restricting evolution, zoos reduce animals to artifacts - unattached ecological fragments - and ultimately revoke their ontological status as part of the natural world. Spotte's argument assumes manifestations that impinge on contemporary theories of art, film, literature, photography, and science, the whole anchored securely by the twin poles of semiotics and simulation. This willingness to grapple with high-level theory - and to take intellectual risks - sets Zoos in Postmodernism apart from other treatments of zoos in contemporary western literature.

Zoo Story

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Zoo Story

Zoo Story

Life in the Garden of Captives

  • Author: Thomas French
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1401396038
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 288
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"This story, told by a master teller of such things, does more than take you inside the cages, fences, and walls of a zoo. It takes you inside the human heart, and an elephant's, and a primate's, and on and on. Tom French did in this book what he always does. He took real life and wrote it down for us, with eloquence and feeling and aching detail." -Rick Bragg, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author "An insightful and detailed look at the complex life of a zoo and its denizens, both animal and human." -Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi and Beatrice and Virgil Welcome to the savage and surprising world of Zoo Story, an unprecedented account of the secret life of a zoo and its inhabitants. Based on six years of research, the book follows a handful of unforgettable characters at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo: an alpha chimp with a weakness for blondes, a ferocious tiger who revels in Obsession perfume, and a brilliant but tyrannical CEO known as El Diablo Blanco. The sweeping narrative takes the reader from the African savannah to the forests of Panama and deep into the inner workings of a place some describe as a sanctuary and others condemn as a prison. Zoo Story shows us how these remarkable individuals live, how some die, and what their experiences reveal about the human desire to both exalt and control nature.

The Great Zoo of China

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The Great Zoo of China

The Great Zoo of China

  • Author: Matthew Reilly
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1476749582
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 416
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Now in mass-market—the action-packed thriller in the blockbuster and bestselling tradition of Jurassic Park from #1 internationally bestselling author Matthew Reilly! It is a secret the Chinese government has been keeping for forty years. They have proven the existence of dragons—a landmark discovery no one could ever believe is real, and a scientific revelation that will amaze the world. Now the Chinese are ready to unveil their astonishing findings within the greatest zoo ever constructed. A small group of VIPs and journalists has been brought to the zoo deep within China to see these fabulous creatures for the first time. Among them is Dr. Cassandra Jane “CJ” Cameron, a writer for National Geographic and an expert on reptiles. The visitors are assured by their Chinese hosts that they will be struck with wonder at these beasts, that the dragons are perfectly safe, and that nothing can go wrong. Of course it can’t… “Plenty of action....For over-the-top adventure addicts, a Reilly novel is like a new roller coaster opening at Great America. Lines form, fans swoon” (Booklist).

A Feathered River Across the Sky

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A Feathered River Across the Sky

A Feathered River Across the Sky

The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction

  • Author: Joel Greenberg
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • ISBN: 1620405350
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 302
  • View: 5083
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The epic story of why passenger pigeons became extinct and what that says about our current relationship with the natural world. When Europeans arrived in North America, 25 to 40 percent of the continent's birds were passenger pigeons, traveling in flocks so massive as to block out the sun for hours or even days. The downbeats of their wings would chill the air beneath and create a thundering roar that would drown out all other sound. John James Audubon, impressed by their speed and agility, said a lone passenger pigeon streaking through the forest “passes like a thought.” How prophetic-for although a billion pigeons crossed the skies 80 miles from Toronto in May of 1860, little more than fifty years later passenger pigeons were extinct. The last of the species, Martha, died in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo on September 1, 1914. As naturalist Joel Greenberg relates in gripping detail, the pigeons' propensity to nest, roost, and fly together in vast numbers made them vulnerable to unremitting market and recreational hunting. The spread of railroads and telegraph lines created national demand that allowed the birds to be pursued relentlessly. Passenger pigeons inspired awe in the likes of Audubon, Henry David Thoreau, James Fenimore Cooper, and others, but no serious effort was made to protect the species until it was too late. Greenberg's beautifully written story of the passenger pigeon paints a vivid picture of the passenger pigeon's place in literature, art, and the hearts and minds of those who witnessed this epic bird, while providing a cautionary tale of what happens when species and natural resources are not harvested sustainably.

The Planet Gods

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The Planet Gods

The Planet Gods

Myths and Facts about the Solar System

  • Author: Jacqueline Mitton
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781845079239
  • Category: Goddesses, Roman
  • Page: 32
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A child's introduction to the planets in our solar system, written by a lecturer on astronomy. Dr Jacqueline Mitton describes each planet, drawing on scientific information. She also discusses the gods that the planets are named after, and examines the relationships between the contemporary facts and the ancient myths. Punctuated by Christina Balit's illustrations, this volume draws on the ancients' fascination with the universe to offer an exploration of the planets. Now updated with the latest facts and figures about the Solar System including dwarf planets.