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National Zoo and Aquarium Month


 Jungle Jack by Jack Hanna with Amy Parker

"Jungle Jack" is the completely revised and updated authorized biography of one of our most beloved zookeepers, Jack Hanna.  Full of unpredictable animal escapades and the occasional tragedy, this book takes readers on an enjoyable safari through the life of "Jungle" Jack Hanna.


  Mr Hornaday's War by Stefan Bechtel

"Mr. Hornaday's War" is a gripping book that takes an honest look at a fascinating, enigmatic man who both represented and transcended his era's paradoxical approach to wildlife, and who profoundly changed the course of the conservation movement for generations to come.


 Steve & Me by Terri Irwin

With grace and wit, Terri Irwin portrays her husband as he really was -- a devoted family man, a dedicated environmentalist, and a modest bloke who spoke to millions on behalf of those who could not speak for themselves. "Steve & Me" is a nonstop adventure, a real-life love story, and a fitting tribute to a man adored by all those whose lives he touched.


 We Bought a Zoo by Benjamin Mee

The remarkable true story of a family who moved into and restored a rundown zoo.  "We Bought a Zoo" is a profoundly moving portrait of an unforgettable family living in the most extraordinary of circumstances.



Non-Fiction Titles:

 Zoo Story: life in the garden of captives by Thomas French

Based on six years of research, "Zoo Story" follows a handful of unforgettable characters at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo.  In doing so this 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.


 Betty & Friends by Betty White

America's sweetheart, impassioned lifelong animal welfare advocate, and New York Times -bestselling author Betty White offers intimate and funny stories about her animal friends at the Los Angeles Zoo.



 The zoo on the road to Nablus: a story of survival from the West Bank

"In The Zoo on the Road to Nablus" , Amelia Thomas brings the reader into a world rarely glimpsed from the outside, weaving the stories of the last Palestinian zoo's animals, its staff, and its visitors into a rich, colorful chronicle of the indomitability of the human and animal spirit.


 Animals Always: 100 Years at the Saint Louis Zoo

"Animals Always : 100 Years at the Saint Louis Zoo" gives readers a glimpse into the unseen work and overlooked history of the renowned Saint Louis Zoo.


 100 heartbeats: the race to save earth's most endangered species by Jeff Corwin

Jeff Corwin takes readers on a global tour to witness firsthand the critical state of our natural world. Along the way, he shares inspiring stories of battles being waged and won in defense of the earth's most threatened creatures by the conservationists on the front lines.


Wildlife heroes: 40 leading conservationists and the animals they are committed to saving by Julie Scardina and Jeff Flocken

 With one-third of known species being threatened with extinction, wildlife conservationists are some of the most important heroes on the planet.  "Wildlife Heroes" profiles the work of 40 of the leading conservationists and the animals and causes they are committed to saving.


Fiction Titles:

 NIght Kill by Ann Littlewood

Iris Oakley, a young zookeeper at the Finley Memorial Zoo in Vancouver, Washington hopes to reconcile with her newly sober husband Rick. However, when he is found dead in the lion exhibit a paralyzing mix of grief and anger at his betrayal keeps Iris from questioning the assumptions around his death.


 The anteater of death: a Gunn Zoo Mystery by Betty Webb

The Anteater was framed! But if Lucy, the pregnant Giant Anteater from Belize, didn't kill the man found dead in her enclosure who did? California zookeeper Teddy Bentley must find the real murderer before her furry friend is shipped off to another zoo in disgrace.


 Hannah's Dream: a novel by Diane Hammond

For forty-one years Samson Brown has been caring for Hannah, the lone elephant at the down-at-the-heels Max L. Biedelman Zoo. Having vowed not to retire until an equally loving and devoted caretaker is found to replace him Sam rejoices when smart and  compassionate Neva Wilson is hired as the new elephant keeper.




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