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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.

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"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)

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"[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)

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

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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.

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janet in venice, July 16, 2008 (view all comments by janet in venice)
I absolutely must have this book. When the troops rolled into Baghdad, I stayed riveted before my Tv for weeks. I never pulled away. I slept and woke there, ate and watched, wanting to be in it with them.Iraq had been sealed and cut off from the world for so long, this was the first chance to see what had been hidden. And I devoured the net reporting obsessively. I caught the first reports and photos of the Baghdad zoo and cried when i saw the tigers, pacing as skeletal wraiths in their cages, unfed for nine days. I took those images and emailed them to Oxfam, the World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace, National Geographic, PETA, The UN, PBS, and anyone else i could google, passionately and desperately trying to start a sense of emergency to get in and save those animals. I cried when US soldiers had to shoot down a starving lion who had broken out of his enclosure when a mortar opened the brick wall, and charged the troops. The soldiers were devastated at having to do it, too. They confessed so to reporters whose blogs i was following. When soldiers and iraqis liberated Uday's compound, they found a family of lionesses with new cubs, penned in a chainlink surrounded garden, also unfed for more than a week, and discovered that the slaughtered goats they tossed in for them to eat, were of no use to the lions because Uday kept them as his pets-- and had defanged and declawed all of them. The mothers could not tear thru the hides to get to the meat! I was still biting my nails down to the quick, wanting to get these animals rescued, and all i could do was sit in my room on venice beach and email. Had no money, couldn't leave my household and travel, could do only what i could reach from my keyboard.I never found out the conclusion of the story. This book will give it to me. I only heard, in minor footnotes to other stories, much later on, that the animals that did not get killed in the artillery fire or starve to death, were moved to someplace in africa. OF COURSE that wasn't nearly enough information for me. I had followed every soldier blog and iraqi blog I could find, but I could not find out what became of the zoo animals.I have to know. I kept that photo of the emaciated caged tiger on my altar for months, lighting candles and incense and praying to the gods , the spirit, the collective consciousness, to save it, and all its fellows whom it represented. This book will prove to me that prayers are answered--and account for me exactly how it was done. Sometimes i think that I make no difference in the world, that i'm contributing nothing to it. I'm disabled, and i can't work for an income, haven't for 30 years. I'm haunted by the whisper that I'm a waste of human life, that my sitting at this keyboard all day should be a thing of shame. It is books like this which come roaring down the pike to vanquish those black fears, and pour in the light.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312382155
Author:
Lawrence Anthony and Graham Spence
Publisher:
Griffin
With:
Spence, Graham
Author:
Anthony, Lawrence
Author:
Spence, Graham
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Life Sciences - Zoology - General
Subject:
Zoo animals
Subject:
Wildlife rescue
Subject:
Military - Iraq War (2003-)
Subject:
Iraq War, 2003
Subject:
Baghdad Zoo
Subject:
Animals - General
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Edition Description:
Reprint ed.
Publication Date:
20080731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Plus one 8-page color photo insert
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.32 x 5.47 x 0.69 in

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Product details 256 pages St. Martin's Griffin - English 9780312382155 Reviews:
"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."
"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."
"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 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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