Colin Tudge: At the zoo, 21 June 2001
Show More A Different Nature: The Paradoxical World of Zoos and Their Uncertain Future by David Hancocks.
California, 280 pp., £19.95, May 2001, 0 520 21879 5Show More
“... In his parks in 16th-century India, Akbar the Great employed personal doctors to look after his tigers, cheetahs, deer and five thousand elephants, and invited the populace at large to visit the animals: ‘Meet your brothers, take them to your hearts and respect them.’ But as David Hancocks colourfully describes, most precursors of the modern zoo have been the opposite of this, from the circuses of Rome to the travelling menageries of the 18th and 19th centuries, shuttered in so that passers-by got no free view; and as he says (and I saw for myself last year in Yunnan), in China and many emerging economies such horrors are still standard ...”