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Encyclopedia of the world's zoos
Bell, Catharine E.
Publication Information:
Chicago, IL, USA : Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, [2001]

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3 volumes (xxix, 1577 pages) : illustrations ; 29 cm
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First Published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The title is somewhat misleading, as this set is more than just an encyclopedia of zoos. It also covers zoo inhabitants, individuals prominent in zoo administration, and organizations that are directly related to zoos. Of the more than 400 separate entries, 146 represent the most important zoos of the world. Space, time, and project manageability dictated which zoos would be included. Aquariums are not included. There are 90 entries for individual animals and groups of animals. Remaining entries cover such subjects as individuals, legislation that impacts zoos, associations, facilities and exhibits, conservation programs, and a sampling of various institutional structures and jobs within the modern zoo. A profile of each of the zoos gives detailed information about the facility, its history, location, inhabitants, and educational and research functions. At the end of each zoo entry are such data as address, founding date, number of animals, and attendance, plus, in most instances, the full list of each zoo's directors, with their years of tenures. In many cases, the URL for a Web site is also provided. Each of the entries for animals provides information on natural history and biology, exhibit and collection history, and conservation programs and partnerships. There are numerous black-and-white photographs of the animals and various depictions of the zoos. Most of these are clear. The lack of color illustrations is a disappointment, as is the fact that some of the historical pictures of the zoos do not have the dates. Most of the entries have a further reading list that includes key resources dating to the late 1990s. There is a comprehensive index in the third volume. The text is very readable and would be useful to students and the general public. This is a recommended set for public and undergraduate libraries.

Choice Review

More than a mere list of the world's zoos, Bell's encyclopedia includes individual profiles of animals found in most zoos, associations affiliated with zoos, and individuals who have made major contributions to the development of zoos. Only 146 of the more than 400 entries are actual descriptions of zoos. Each description supplies a brief history of that particular zoo, its official address, founding date, the number of animals housed in its facility, annual attendance figures, the names of its current and all previous directors, any newsletter or journal it publishes, and a bibliography of additional readings. Aquariums are purposely excluded. All entries are signed and written by experts. Entries are arranged in a single alphabetical sequence by name of zoo, person, or animal. The set might have been easier to use if these groups had been separated, but the many cross-references and very thorough index make specific information easy to find. The set includes many black-and-white photographs: too bad some were not in color to give a better idea of what an exotic animal really looks like. The only other book that lists the world's zoos is Rosl. Kirchshofer's The World of Zoos: A Survey and Gazetteer, (1968), but its one chapter that lists the world's zoos is brief and dated. Bell's encyclopedia is highly recommended for all public and academic libraries. R. G. Sabin Rice University