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Zarafa: A Giraffe's True Story, from Deep in Africa to the Heart of Paris

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In October 1826, a ship arrived at Marseille carrying the first giraffe ever seen in France. A royal offering from Muhammad Ali, Ottoman Viceroy of Egypt, to King Charles X, she had already traveled 2,000 miles down the Nile to Alexandria, from where she had sailed across the Mediterranean standing in the hold, her long neck and head protruding through a hole cut in the deck. In the spring of 1827, after wintering in Marseille, she was carefully walked 550 miles to Paris to the delight of thousands of onlookers.

The viceroy's tribute was politically motivated: He commanded the Turkish forces then fighting the Greeks in their war of independence, and hoped his gift would persuade the French not to intervene against him. But the viceroy and his intentions were quickly forgotten as France fell in love with its "beautiful stranger."

Zarafa chronicles the full story of this remarkable animal, revealing a kaleidoscope of history, science, and culture that opens an exotic window on the early nineteenth century. From the Enlightenment's blossoming fascination with science to Napoleon's ill-fated invasion of Egypt in 1798-from the eminent French naturalist Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire to Bernardino Drovetti, French consul general in Egypt and tomb robber extraordinaire-the era was full of memorable events and characters. Michael Allin deftly weaves them into the story with an appreciation for detail and an uncommon affection.

The giraffe's strange and wonderful journey linked Africa and Europe in mutual discovery. Although her arrival did not keep the French out of Ali's war, she became an instant celebrity in Paris and over the next eighteen years she fascinated all of Europe. Through Michael Allin's narrative skill, Zarafa stirs the imagination as it provides a new context for the history of a distant age.

About the Author

Michael Allin lives in Madrid, Spain. He is at work on a book chronicling the history of silk.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802713391
Subtitle:
A Giraffe's True Story, from Deep in Africa to the Heart of Paris
Author:
Allin, Michael
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Wildlife
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
History
Subject:
Mammals
Subject:
Juvenile literature
Subject:
France
Subject:
Giraffes
Subject:
Zoo animals
Subject:
Giraffe
Subject:
Zoo animals -- France -- History -- 19th century.
Subject:
Europe - General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
19980801
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.72x5.18x.90 in. .79 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » World History » European History General
History and Social Science » World History » France » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General

Zarafa: A Giraffe's True Story, from Deep in Africa to the Heart of Paris
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