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Confessions of an Accidental Zoo Curator Paperback – March 14, 2017
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"...a remarkable story, fascinating and unique...with a deft blend of personal insight and eloquent story-telling, Berkovits takes us from are mote village in Kyrgyzstan to the Bronx Zoo... from neophyte to international leader in her field."
--William Conway, former President of the Wildlife Conservation Society and Director of the Bronx Zoo
"...a story that goes far beyond its title. Berkovits goes from a difficult childhood devoid of any real animal connections, to become one of the world's foremost leaders in wildlife conservation education...fascinating and inspiring."
-- Alan Rabinowitz PhD, Zoologist, Author, CEO Panthera
"Reading this book, I'm pleased to discover anew the passion, curiosity and humorous sensibility that have always characterized Annette's work and her life. 'Confessions of an Accidental Zoo Curator' is simply a delight."
--Lee Ehmke, Houston Zoo director and CEO; World Association of Zoos president (2013-2015)
"...As one of the most creative and innovative educators in the zoo community, Annette faced the challenge of educating, rather than entertaining young zoo visitors to return to their homes with a greater appreciation for the importance and value of wildlife and wild places.To be successful in getting her messages to the students required that the work be interesting, stimulating, and fun too. Go behind the scenes in a major zoo and see it through her eyes."
--James Doherty, retired general curator at the Bronx Zoo; Carter Chair in Mammology; species coordinator for the AZA Sumatran Rhinoceros Species Survival Plan
About the Author
Annette Libeskind Berkovits was born in Kyrgyzstan and grew up in postwar Poland before coming to America at age sixteen. In her three-decade career with the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York, she spearheaded the institution’s nationwide and worldwide science education programs. Annette’s works have appeared in Silk Road Review: a Literary Crossroads; Persimmon Tree and other publications. Her memoir, In the Unlikeliest of Places received critical acclaim.
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If you love nature and beautiful creatures then the Bronx Zoo is the place to visit, but before your visit please read this awesome book about the Bronx Zoo’s wonderful achievements? The zoo’s educators themselves stepped out of their boundaries to educate the public’s youngsters, and I feel because of the author herself.
The Bronx Zoo educators share their experience and training programs not only in the USA, but also across the world. Because of their hard work we are able to share and view with our own eyes a real panda.
I lived two blocks away from the Bronx Zoo, it was our place of fascination and adventure, since then the zoo went through growth and transformation, it is truly one of the greatest zoos to visit. This is one book I would not give away. READ IT! You will enjoy it!
There are hawks, snakes and anteaters - there are lions, tigers and bears to reference the Wizard of Oz. Though at times Ms. Berkovits might be a bit reluctant, like Dorothy, she is never deterred. Wryly, she handles whatever her position at the Bronx Zoo might throw at her with warmth, curiosity and a natural love of all the planet’s creatures including it’s most frustrating, The Human Animal.
This is a thoroughly inspiring and enjoyable book. I loved it.
Clever also describes many of the individual stories in the book. They provided several laugh out loud moments as well as surprising, sad and happy moments. The boa’s taxi ride to the set of Captain Kangaroo is a picture that will forever be etched in my mind!
Education, evolution and great story-telling are included in this book. It made me realize how fascinating and unique members of the animal kingdom are. It also impressed upon me the responsibility we have as human beings, who are created in God’s image, to care for what has been entrusted to us – the earth and all that is in it.