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Babylon's Ark: The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo

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When the Iraq war began, conservationist Lawrence Anthony could think of only one thing: the fate of the Baghdad Zoo, located in the city center and caught in the war's crossfire. Once Anthony entered Baghdad he discovered that full-scale combat and uncontrolled looting had killed nearly all the animals of the zoo.

But not all of them. U.S. soldiers had taken the time to help care for the remaining animals, and the zoo's staff had returned to work in spite of the constant firefights. Together the Americans and Iraqis had managed to keep alive the animals that had survived the invasion.

Babylon's Ark chronicles the zoo's transformation from bombed-out rubble to peaceful park. Along the way, Anthony recounts hair-raising efforts to save a pride of the dictator's lions, close a deplorable black-market zoo, and rescue Saddam's Arabian horses. His unique ground-level experience makes Babylon's Ark an uplifting story of both sides working together for the sake of innocent animals caught in the war's crossfire.

Review:

"[A] truly remarkable book....Woven through the narrative is Anthony's obvious love of animals and his anger at what they suffer at the hands of humans, lending a poignancy and immediacy to the story." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"Terrific tale about how Iraqis, a South African conservationist and American soldiers saved the animals of the Baghdad Zoo....A wartime story with a joyful ending." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Book News Annotation:

South African conservationist and environmentalist Anthony received the Earth Day Medal for his work in Baghdad. Here he recounts his own efforts and those of Iraqis and Americans to care for the animals in the Baghdad Zoo as people were getting killed all around it. Part of the story includes saving a pride of Uday Hussein's lions, closing a black-market zoo, and rescuing Saddam's Arabian horses from a hidden stable in Abo Ghraib. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The amazing story of the soldiers, conservationists, and ordinary Iraqis who united to save the animals of the Baghdad Zoo.

Synopsis:

The amazing story of the soldiers, conservationists, and ordinary Iraqis who united to save the animals of the Baghdad Zoo

Synopsis:

When the Iraq war began, conservationist Lawrence Anthony could think of only one thing: the fate of the Baghdad Zoo, located in the city center and caught in the war's crossfire. Once Anthony entered Baghdad he discovered that full-scale combat and uncontrolled looting had killed nearly all the animals of the zoo.
But not all of them. U.S. soldiers had taken the time to help care for the remaining animals, and the zoo's staff had returned to work in spite of the constant firefights. Together the Americans and Iraqis had managed to keep alive the animals that had survived the invasion.
Babylon's Ark chronicles the zoo's transformation from bombed-out rubble to peaceful park. Along the way, Anthony recounts hair-raising efforts to save a pride of the dictator's lions, close a deplorable black-market zoo, and rescue Saddam's Arabian horses. His unique ground-level experience makes Babylon's Ark an uplifting story of both sides working together for the sake of innocent animals caught in the war's crossfire.

Synopsis:

THE ASTONISHING STORY OF ONE OF THE WORLDS GREATEST ANIMAL RESCUES.

When the Iraq war began, conservationist Lawrence Anthony could think of only one thing: the fate of the Baghdad Zoo, caught in the crossfire at the heart of the city. Once Anthony entered Iraq he discovered that hostilities and uncontrolled looting had devastated the zoo and its animals. Working with members of the zoo staff and a few compassionate U.S. soldiers, he defended the zoo, bartered for food on war-torn streets, and scoured bombed palaces for desperately needed supplies. Babylons Ark chronicles Anthonys hair-raising efforts to save a pride of Saddams lions, close a deplorable black-market zoo, run ostriches through shoot-to-kill checkpoints, and rescue the dictators personal herd of Thoroughbred Arabian horses. 

A tale of the selfless courage and humanity of a few men and women living dangerously for all the right reasons, Babylons Ark is an inspiring and uplifting true-life adventure of individuals on both sides working together for the sake of magni?cent wildlife caught in a war zone.

About the Author

Lawrence Anthony is an acclaimed conservationist and founder of the Earth Organization. He received the UN's Earth Day award (making him the first South African to receive the award) for his work in Baghdad. He lives in Zululand, South Africa.

Graham Spence is a journalist and editor. Originally from South Africa, he now lives in England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312358327
Subtitle:
The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo
Author:
Lawrence Anthony and Graham Spence
With:
Spence, Graham
Author:
Anthony, Lawrence
Author:
Spence, Graham
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Zoo animals
Subject:
Wildlife rescue
Subject:
Life Sciences - Zoology - General
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Military - Iraq War (2003-)
Subject:
Iraq War, 2003
Subject:
Baghdad Zoo
Subject:
Animals - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
March 2007
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Plus one 8-page color photo insert
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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Product details 256 pages Thomas Dunne Books - English 9780312358327 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] truly remarkable book....Woven through the narrative is Anthony's obvious love of animals and his anger at what they suffer at the hands of humans, lending a poignancy and immediacy to the story."
"Review" by , "Terrific tale about how Iraqis, a South African conservationist and American soldiers saved the animals of the Baghdad Zoo....A wartime story with a joyful ending."
"Synopsis" by , The amazing story of the soldiers, conservationists, and ordinary Iraqis who united to save the animals of the Baghdad Zoo.
"Synopsis" by ,
The amazing story of the soldiers, conservationists, and ordinary Iraqis who united to save the animals of the Baghdad Zoo
"Synopsis" by ,
When the Iraq war began, conservationist Lawrence Anthony could think of only one thing: the fate of the Baghdad Zoo, located in the city center and caught in the war's crossfire. Once Anthony entered Baghdad he discovered that full-scale combat and uncontrolled looting had killed nearly all the animals of the zoo.
But not all of them. U.S. soldiers had taken the time to help care for the remaining animals, and the zoo's staff had returned to work in spite of the constant firefights. Together the Americans and Iraqis had managed to keep alive the animals that had survived the invasion.
Babylon's Ark chronicles the zoo's transformation from bombed-out rubble to peaceful park. Along the way, Anthony recounts hair-raising efforts to save a pride of the dictator's lions, close a deplorable black-market zoo, and rescue Saddam's Arabian horses. His unique ground-level experience makes Babylon's Ark an uplifting story of both sides working together for the sake of innocent animals caught in the war's crossfire.
"Synopsis" by ,

THE ASTONISHING STORY OF ONE OF THE WORLDS GREATEST ANIMAL RESCUES.

When the Iraq war began, conservationist Lawrence Anthony could think of only one thing: the fate of the Baghdad Zoo, caught in the crossfire at the heart of the city. Once Anthony entered Iraq he discovered that hostilities and uncontrolled looting had devastated the zoo and its animals. Working with members of the zoo staff and a few compassionate U.S. soldiers, he defended the zoo, bartered for food on war-torn streets, and scoured bombed palaces for desperately needed supplies. Babylons Ark chronicles Anthonys hair-raising efforts to save a pride of Saddams lions, close a deplorable black-market zoo, run ostriches through shoot-to-kill checkpoints, and rescue the dictators personal herd of Thoroughbred Arabian horses. 

A tale of the selfless courage and humanity of a few men and women living dangerously for all the right reasons, Babylons Ark is an inspiring and uplifting true-life adventure of individuals on both sides working together for the sake of magni?cent wildlife caught in a war zone.

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