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Wild Animals in Captivity

by Rob Laidlaw
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 8 to 11
  • Grade: 3 to 6
tagged: animal welfare, zoos

Good Zoos! Bad Zoos!!

A large family of elephants ambles all day along a well-remembered route across the hot African savanna. Halfway around the world in a zoo in Alaska, a single female elephant paces back and forth in her cramped, concrete pen. During the sub-arctic winter, she lives alone in a dark barn.

As it plods great distances across the ic …


5 Giraffes

by Anne Innis Dagg, introduction by Rob Laidlaw
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 100
  • Grade: 5 to 17
tagged: giraffes, zoos, mammals

Winner of the 2016 Lane Anderson Award for the best Canadian science writing - children's category

The latest in the 5 Animals series, with an introduction by Rob Laidlaw, 5 Giraffes profiles five unique giraffes from both captivity and the wild

Accompanying the five giraffe profiles is information on their diet, social life, and chapters on some of …


Worms for Breakfast

How to Feed a Zoo

by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Kathy Boake
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 2 to 5
tagged: zoos, cooking & food, diet & nutrition, zoology

Feeding time is one of the most popular events at zoos. It also prompts a smorgasbord of questions: what do different animals eat? How much food do they need to stay healthy? Where do zookeepers get all that chow? And what constitutes a special treat?

Worms for Breakfast: How to Feed a Zoo answers all these questions and more in a cookbook-style pr …


Elephant Journey

The True Story of Three Zoo Elephants and their Rescue from Captivity

by Rob Laidlaw, illustrated by Brian Deines
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
tagged: elephants, zoos, animal welfare

In 2013, people across North America were riveted by the story of Toka, Thika, and Iringa, the last three elephants at the zoo in Toronto, Ontario. Lonely for a larger herd, sick from the cold climate, and weak from standing for long days in a too-small concrete enclosure, the elephants desperately needed a change. The zoo and animal activists agre …


The Zoo At Night

by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Bee Willey
edition: Hardcover
tagged: zoos

These poems by the celebrated Micheal Rosen reveal what silly pranks and wild shenanigans the animals in the zoo get up to when the visitors and keepers have gone home for the night. Bee Willey's remarkable and colourful illustrations make his poems sparkle.

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