on September 2, 2010
This book is an excellent reference manual for a wide variety of zookeeping topics. It discusses everything from exhibit design to fencing to different ways to offer water, to nutrition, behavior, captive research, and more.
The coverage of some topics are very thorough (types of fencing, etc) while for obvious reasons some topics are much of an overview, such as nutrition and behavior.
This is a British manual, and so discusses much of BIAZA and other overseas regulation as opposed to US policy (although there is adequate mention of all oversight associations), and there is a SLIGHT bias toward the European ways of doing things (and public) but this is only obvious in a handful of instances.
All in all, this is a great read for a zookeeping professional or someone wishing to enter the field.
on January 10, 2011
This textbook is a must-have for any aspiring or current zookeeper. It covers a wide range of zoo related topics and is very easy to read and well structured. The only complaint I have about this book is that its authors are from the UK and so a lot of the information about legislation, history of zoos, and specific examples come from the UK. This only takes away because I am American and would prefer to read resources more relevant to my work area. That said, I still found this book to be a valuable source of knowledge!
on May 19, 2010
As a person, involved in everyday zoo life, I found this book a useful tool namely for the education of junior management and caretakers alike. It is a powerful tool when explaining the importance of matters such as documentation of animals, behaviour of many species and eventually it has proved itself to be useful also when in need, for the correction of certain professional fixations and misbelieves.
On the down side this book tries too hard to cover all aspects regarding zoo life and it also attempts to be digestible to all personal and interested public alike. This leads to a general feel (compensated by an excellent reference range) of "lightness".
All and all, I use this book regularly and with success.
on November 19, 2011
This college level text book, despite the bias towards European standards, is an excellent read for the student becoming involved with Zoos, anyone seriously curious about how Zoos work, and where I recommend it to is the Docent, Educator or Volunteer who want to further their knowledge on the ins/outs of running a Zoo. The strict rules, regulations, high standards and daily requirements will change your perspective as such you will see your Zoo in a new light on your next visit.