What's a Zoo Do?
Grades 3 - 6 / Ages 8 - 11.
Zoos can't hope to save all the species that are endangered, but they can do a number of useful things. People working in zoos can study different animals to help discover what they need in order to survive. Zoos themselves can be used to demonstrate what wild animals are like. . . . Zoos can help people see how different all these animals are and how marvellous each one is in its own way, so they will want to do something to save the wilderness where the wild animals live. Finally, zoos can give money, supplies, and expert assistance to scientists and conservationists who are working to protect the wilderness.
It's a little-known fact that zoos are probably the single most popular form of entertainment in the world. But author and zoo-champion Jonathan Webb believes more people visit zoos than go to theatres, cinemas, concerts, or baseball and football games. He has organized a behind-the-scenes trip to the zoo that begins with a historical perspective and brings the reader up to date about the functions, people, and animals of a zoo.
Recommended with reservations.
Jane Robinson is a teacher in Winnipeg.
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