Saving the Baghdad Zoo

Saving the Baghdad Zoo

A True Story of Hope and Heroes

Book - 2010
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The baghdad zoo was once home to more than six hundred magnificent animals. But after the war in Iraq began in 2003, the city faced widespread destruction.

When U. S. Army Captain William Sumner was asked to check out the state of the zoo, he found that it, too, was devastated. Hundreds of animals were missing, and the few remaining were in desperate need of care. And so Captain Sumner accepted a new mission. Together with an international team of zoologists, veterinarians, conservationists, and dedicated animal lovers, Captain Sumner worked tirelessly to save the neglected--but tenacious--animals of Baghdad.

Saving the Baghdad Zoo tells the poignant stories of these remarkable animals. Meet the abandoned lions who roamed an empty palace with no food or drink; the camel, Lumpy, who survived transport through sniper fire; the tigers, Riley and Hope, who traveled 7,000 miles from home; and many more.

The Baghdad Zoo, open once again to the people of Iraq, has become an oasis of hope and safety in a city where both are precious gifts.

Publisher: New York : Greenwillow Books, c2010
ISBN: 9780061772023
Branch Call Number: j590.74 H159s
Characteristics: 64 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps; 25 x 38 cm
Additional Contributors: Sumner, William 1971-


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During war, what happens to zoo animals locked in their cages? They may die from lack of food and water, be butchered to be eaten, or be stolen. After the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, Army Major William Sumner was asked to “look at” the animals in a small zoo, which set him and many others on a quest to save as many as they could.

May 29, 2012

The target audience seems to be young teenagers and teenagers, but it is a good adult read too. I was fascinated to learn that camels have oval red blood cells, very different from all other animals. It was also good to get a perspective of the risks people took to save these abandoned exotic animals. The only drawback is that it seems to provide tacit support for zoos, which is now being questioned seriously these days.


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