THE ZOO


THE ZOO

ISOBEL CHARMAN    Book Number: 87009    Product format: Paperback

Sub-titled 'The Wild and Wonderful Tale of the Founding of London Zoo 1826-1851'. Georgian London in the Age of Empire, domestic reform and industrialisation, this is a history of a new world and the story of a weird and wonderful oasis in the heart of a swirling city. It is also one of incredible characters both animal and human, from Sir Stamford Raffles and Charles Darwin to Jenny the Orangutan and Obaysch the celebrity hippo, the first that anyone in Britain had ever seen. The creation of a zoo in London when only one other existed across the world is a story of jaw-dropping audacity. It is a story of trailblazing scientists, rival zookeepers and aristocratic naturalists collecting amazing animals from all four corners of the globe. The author blows off the dust of these zoological and human curios and talks us expertly and entrancingly through each exhibit. Her style is that of a Victorian melodrama with animals being sent to what was dubbed 'The Ark' by a mocking press. We also meet the medical attendant and the head keeper, Tommy the chimpanzee who lived, homesick, in his keeper's house, and the giraffes that walked through the city and scared the cows. Best chapters are on Charles Darwin rather than the founder of London Zoo at Regent's Park. 349pp in paperback.
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ISBN 9781681776835
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