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Anthony, a South African conservationist and recipient of the U.N.'s Earth Day award, details how, through a series of complex maneuvers, he entered Iraq after the American invasion and led the fight to save what was left of the Baghdad Zoo. Most of the animals were killed by war and looting; the remainder were starved and in filthy cages, with no staff to care for them. Anthony describes how he, along with the zoo's former deputy director and several brave workers, risked daily danger to save the bears, lions, tigers, monkeys and birds. Anthony fended off looters with a gun obtained from a sympathetic U.S. soldier, spent his own funds for equipment and bartered the use of a satellite phone for food and other essentials. Anthony vividly recounts the rescue of other animals, including the inhabitants of the appalling Luna Park Zoo and Saddam's prize Arabian horses, saved from the hands of black marketeers. The author takes no position on the invasion. His goal is for his mission, so dramatically recounted with journalist Spence's help, to set an example of conservation and respect for animal life. 8 pages of color photos. (Mar. 12)
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*Starred Review* The story of the rescue of the Baghdad Zoo, once the finest in Arabia, begins with Anthony and two keepers from the Kuwait City Zoo as they find themselves driving the only vehicle attempting to cross the border into Iraq. The Americans had just completed their "shock and awe" campaign, and South African conservationist Anthony knew that the zoo, located in the heart of Baghdad, would need help. In all cases of human hostility, animals get caught in the middle, often suffering horribly, and Anthony felt he had to do something. What follows is a truly remarkable book, as Anthony pulled strings, made connections (legal and illegal), sweet-talked bureaucrats, and made miracles happen as he, with the help of the American military, brought the Baghdad Zoo back from the brink. Ferrying fetid water from canals in buckets "liberated" from a former five-star hotel; feeding the animals moldy vegetables and the soldiers' MREs; defending the zoo from looters; and rescuing the remains of Saddam Hussein's private menagerie, Anthony and his companions somehow made progress. Woven through the narrative is Anthony's obvious love of animals and his anger at what they suffer at the hands of humans, lending a poignancy and immediacy to the story. Nancy Bent
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Great true life story about saving zoo animals in the Middle East . Crazy and true! Talk about problem solving???????Published 4 days ago by Amanda Wallace
If any person loves animals, I recommend BABYLON'S ARK highly as well as Anthony's other two: ELEPHANT WHISPERER and THE LAST RHINOS. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Jerry J. Townsend
DaVinCat Book Review: It was actually while I was reading this book that I discovered that Lawrence Anthony had passed away several years ago. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Jenni C.
I enjoyed this book. The rescue story of the zoo would have been amazing under any circumstances, but to read about the hardships endured by all the workers during war time... Read morePublished 22 days ago by GCW
I just couldn't put this book down. The fact that it all happened and wasn't fiction made the narrative even more spellbinding. Mr. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Judy F
A wonderful book! Just an amazing story about saving animals in the midst of a war. It is exciting at times, heartbreaking at other times. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Nancy W. Flood
Fantastic story. Love the author. Have devoured his other two books too.Published 1 month ago by Judy
You read of another viewpoint of the war: the animals. I passed this on to a Afghan war vet. He'd stayed at many places in the photos.Published 2 months ago by Carol M. Hegberg