Babylon's Ark

Babylon's Ark

The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo

Book - 2007
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When the Iraq war began, conservationist Lawrence Anthony could think of only one thing: the fate of the Baghdad Zoo, located in the city center and caught in the war's crossfire. Once Anthony entered Baghdad he discovered that full-scale combat and uncontrolled looting had killed nearly all the animals of the zoo. But not all of them. U.S. soldiers had taken the time to help care for the remaining animals, and the zoo's staff had returned to work in spite of the constant firefights. Together the Americans and Iraqis had managed to keep alive the animals that had survived the invasion."Babylon's Ark "chronicles the zoo's transformation from bombed-out rubble to peaceful park. Along the way, Anthony recounts hair-raising efforts to save a pride of the dictator's lions, close a deplorable black-market zoo, and rescue Saddam's Arabian horses. His unique ground-level experience makes "Babylon's Ark "an uplifting story of both sides working together for the sake of innocent animals caught in the war's crossfire.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2007
ISBN: 9780312358327
Branch Call Number: 590.7356747 Ant 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 248 p. :,col. ill
Additional Contributors: Spence, Graham


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Dec 10, 2015

I read "Elephant Whisperer" and became hooked with his writing. I know he tends to repeat himself but it helps refresh my memory as incidents involve a country where unfamiliar names and locations can become convoluted. The challenges and tenacity that Lawrence exhibits is extraordinary and put me on the edge of my seat. As a wildlife advocate I wholly suggest this read. Lawrence is on the top of my list as someone who put his sweat and tears into saving wildlife. Accompanying this read I would suggest Daphne Sheldrick's book.

seki Aug 13, 2012

It is a wonderful story about a little known zoo. When we think about wars, zoos are the last thing we think about. This title makes you feel that you are following along with Lawerence and the zoo staff as it seems it is a race against time to help these animals regain mental and physical health. If you love animals and or zoos or both, this is a must read.

Aug 10, 2012

Lawrence Anthony is an amazing human being and it is so sad the world lost him earlier this year. This was an inspiring and heart-breaking book but one that reinforces the good and caring in people.

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