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Dr. Fisher's life on the ark : green alligators, Bushman, and other "hare-raising tales" from America's most popular zoo and around the world
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Fisher, Lester E.
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xiii, 254 pages 34 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
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English
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ISBN:
9780970451569
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Fisher was the director of Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo for 30 years. The job entailed 40 expeditions to such places as India, Papua New Guinea, Nepal, Rwanda, Cameroon, and Iceland; some trips brought him great joy, others great danger. Fisher tells how he helped deliver six calves and had to perform a caesarean section on the last one; how he extracted a jaguar's broken tooth; and how he treated a Bengal tiger with an infected ingrown toenail. Fisher reminisces about such famous zoo animals as Mike, a polar bear, and Bushman, the legendary lowland gorilla. He fondly remembers the late Marlin Perkins, the zoo director prior to Fisher, who hosted a national TV show, and the time that Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald's, gave him a check for $1 million during lunch in 1976 to help build a commissary-hospital and great ape house. Above all, the author's love of animals comes through on every page of this delightful book. --George Cohen Copyright 2004 Booklist