My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A great read that explores with clarity human relationships with “wild” animals and the impact that our increased numbers are having on what “wild” means, both for us and for other animals. A balanced and illuminating account of a complex subject that offers no solutions but evokes important questions. The focus is on one zoo in particular but uses it to convey the multiple emotions and meanings that the concept “zoo” conjures in various ways to humans. This account makes it clear that the world is changing–and also that there is good reason that Thomas French has received a Pulitzer Prize for writing.