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It's a Wild Life: How My Life Became a Zoo Hardcover – June 10, 2014
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This is a must-read, inspirational account for any animal lover. I hope there is a second edition in a couple of years so that we can catch up with the characters introduced in this book and understand the ongoing fortunes of this very special zoo.”
~ LibraryThing Reviews
I couldn’t put DeYoung’s book down and was even a bit sad when I turned the last page. I will definitely be telling all my friends to read It's a Wild Life: How My Life Became a Zoo.”
~D. Bettenson, DBettenson New Book Reviews
Thank you, Bud DeYoung, for letting me into your fascinating . . . life. Your downhome-style account touchingly covers how and why your life became a zoo and will tug at the heart of every animal lover.”
~ Jennifer Keats Curtis, award-winning children's author of the Animal Helpers series, speaker, and founder of MY-Say
. . . a beautiful story full of inspiration and love.”
Open Book Society
About the Author
Today on his own property in Michican’s Upper Peninsula, Bud runs a zoo that has been open to the public since 1988 and is featured in a television series called My Life Is a Zoo on Nat Geo WILD and the 2012 independent film Zooman. Along with Big Cat” Carrie, Bud cares for over two hundred happy critters, from Bengal tigers to arctic wolves to a very hungry hippo named Wallace. Together Bud and Carrie educate the public about animal conservation, battle harsh winters and blazing summers, and daily dole out love to the hundreds of animals in their care. Through Bud and Carrie’s daily sacrifice, animals find rescue, people are inspired, and Bud DeYoung and Carrie Cramer know the fulfillment of living and building upon their dreams.
You can visit Bud and Carrie at the DeYoung Family Zoo in Wallace, Michigan, and online at TheDeYoungFamilyZoo.com.
Cindy Martinusen Coloma is a best-selling author and has written 12 novels including Beautiful (2010 Christy Award Finalist and 2011 Revolve Book of the Year), The Salt Garden (Library Journal's Best Books 2004) Orchid House (2008 ECPA bestseller) and Winter Passing (2001 Christy Award Finalist), as well as several non-fiction books and over 100 published articles.
Cindy lives in Redding, California with her husband and four children.
Top customer reviews
One thing that comes across quite clear from the book is Bud & Carries passion and love of animals. I could see that first hand when visiting the zoo. I could see that when reading this book.
We were at the zoo when Nat Geo Wild was filming. They interviewed my daughter who was 10 at the time. They interviewed her because Bud & Carrie let her have a kitten to take home. We still have that cat today.
The book is fun. You learn about 2 people who really followed their passion in life. They work very hard, but totally love what they do. I've always enjoyed their zoo, it is fun to learn how that zoo came together. The book is filled with all kinds of interesting stories about the zoo and their wild life.
Please consider helping this zoo when cold winters in the UP are cold and visitors are few. They still need to feed the animals.
We had a lot of fun. Watching Bud Deyoung feed the big cats was awesome. This book brings you first hand into the dream and history of the Deyoung Family Zoo