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By Phillip T. Robinson

Please don't Annoy, torment, pester, plague, molest, fear, badger, harry, persecute, irk, bullyrag, vex, disquiet, grate, beset, trouble, tease, nettle, tantalize or ruffle the Animals.—sign at zoo

Since the early days of touring menageries and staged sights that integrated animal acts, balloon ascents, and pyrotechnic screens, zoos have come far. The Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes in Paris, based in 1793, didn’t provide its nice apes classes in parenting or practice dental surgical procedure on leopards. definitely the creation of veterinary care within the 19th century—and its slow integration into the twentieth—has had a lot to do with this. at the present time, we think extra of zoos as animal welfare matters have escalated in addition to regular advances in technological know-how, medication, and expertise. lifestyles on the Zoo is an eminent zoo veterinarian’s own account of the demanding situations awarded by way of the evolution of zoos and the expectancies in their viewers. in accordance with fifteen years of labor on the world-famous San Diego Zoo, this fascinating publication finds the risks and rewards of working a latest zoo.

Zoos exist outdoors of the "natural" order during which the worlds of people and myriad unique animals might not often, if ever, collide. yet this not likely stumble upon is exactly why today’s zoos stay the websites of a lot humor, confusion, and, sometimes, probability. This e-book abounds with insights on flora and fauna (foulmouthed parrots, gum-chewing chimps, pungent flamingoes), human habit (the fierce pageant for zookeeper jobs, the well-worn shtick of journey guides), and the casualties—both animal and human—of lack of expertise and carelessness. Phillip Robinson exhibits how animal shows are built and the way health problems are detected and describes the perils of operating round risky creatures. From escaping the affections of a leopard that proposal he used to be a lap cat to education a gorilla to carry her infant child lightly (instead of scrubbing the ground with it) and from working on an anesthetized elephant ("I had the insecure sensation of operating below a wide sell off truck with a wobbly help jack") to knowing why a zoo’s polar bears have been turning eco-friendly in colour, existence on the Zoo tells impossible to resist tales approximately zoo animals and zoo humans.

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The white trailing edge of the wings can been seen in flight. The toes are flanked with lobes that enable the coot to walk on water plants and swim efficiently. Juveniles are similar in plumage to adults but paler. Coots are often seen in very large flocks. The adult is illustrated. Sandhill Crane, Grus canadensis Family Gruidae (Cranes) Size: 45” Season: Winter Habitat: Fields, shallow wetlands The Sandhill Crane is tall bird with long, strong legs, a long neck, and a long, straight bill. The long, thick tertial feathers create the distinctive bustle on the rear of all cranes.

The Willet is found singly or in scattered flocks, and picks or probes for crabs, crustaceans, and worms in the mud and sand. Its call is a loud wil-let, often uttered in flight. The winter adult is illustrated. 5” Season: Year-round or winter Habitat: Streamsides, edges of lakes and ponds SANDPIPERS, PHALAROPES The solitary Spotted Sandpiper is known for its exaggerated, constant bobbing motion. It has a compact body, long tail, and short neck and legs. Plumage is brown above and light below, with a white shoulder patch.

Plumage is gray overall but may become spotted with rust-colored stains caused by preening with a bill stained by iron-rich mud. In flocks, it grazes in fields, gleaning grains, insects, and small animals, and returns to protected wetland areas in the evening to roost. The voice of the Sandhill Crane is a throaty, penetrating trumpeting sound. Unlike herons, it flies in groups with its neck extended. The adult is illustrated. indd 28 11/9/11 11:26 AM Black-bellied Plover, Pluvialis squatarola Family Charadriidae (Plovers) Size: 11” Season: Winter along Pacific coast Habitat: Open areas, coastal or inland PLOVERS The Black-bellied Plover is a relatively large plover with long, pointed wings and a whistling flight call.

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