The Zoo : The Wild and Wonderful Tale of the Founding of London Zoo, Hardback Book

The Zoo : The Wild and Wonderful Tale of the Founding of London Zoo Hardback



How one man's mad mission became one of the best-loved places in the worldThe creation of a zoo in Dickensian London - when only one other existed across the world - is a story of jaw-dropping audacity.

It is the story of trailblazing scientists, rival zookeepers and aristocratic naturalists collecting amazing animals from all four corners of the globe.It is the story of a weird and wonderful oasis in the heart of a swirling city, and of incredible characters, both human and animal - from Stamford Raffles and Charles Darwin to Jenny the orang-utan and Obaysch the celebrity hippo, the first that anyone in Britain had ever seen.Against a background of global Empire, domestic reform and industrialisation, this is a new history of a new world.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9780241240687



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