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What Animals Want

The Five Freedoms in Action

by Jacqueline Pearce, illustrated by Julie McLaughlin
edition: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: animal welfare, zoos, pets, farm animals

All animals need food, water and shelter. But what about their social and emotional needs?

Modern science tells us that animals experience a wide range of emotions—from fear and anxiety to friendship and happiness. What Animals Want is an animal-care book with a difference. It introduces young readers to the Five Freedoms and helps them think abou …


Wild Animals in Captivity

by Rob Laidlaw
edition: Paperback
  • 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 18
  • Grade: 5 to 12
tagged: giraffes, zoos, animal welfare

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 …

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