November 16, 2016

Lunch at the zoo

Lunch at the Zoo: What Zoo Animals Eat and Why
by Joyce Altman

How do zoos know what to feed their animals?  Where does zoo food come from? How do zookeepers feed dangerous animals? How are animal babies raised?

Answers to the above questions can be found in this compact book. Information is presented very matter-of-factly, resulting in a rather dry read. Black-and-white photographs and a few drawings give it an old-fashioned feel even though the book was published in 2001. However, readers will gain an understanding of the challenges involved in providing zoo animals with nutritionally sound diets. A chart at the end lists various animals’ wild diets and the diet substitutes that zoos have devised.

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