"Laidlaw effectively captures the plight faced by captive wild animals, even in major, apparently high-quality zoos. In four riveting chapters he explores first the general issues of life in captivity, then addresses specific, often severe, problems. . . This eye-opening look at zoo issues will strike a chord with readers and would be a useful addition to most collections."
"Wild Animals in Captivity is a well designed, thorough, yet concise depiction of life for animals in captivity. Laidlaw's balanced presentation not only focuses on examples of inhumane treatment of animals in zoos but also gives instances of the best. . . Wild animals in Captivity will most certainly assist children in looking more thoughtfully at the zoos they visit.
-- CM Magazine
" Laidlaw uses photographs to good effect, and these and the compelling case he makes for his opinions will provide considerable food for thought."
-- The Globe and Mail
"This children's book by Zoocheck founder Rob Laidlaw is one of the most significant animal books that's been written in a long time."
-- The Vancouver Humane Society
"What a nicely consciousness-raising book this is to share with kids about to enjoy a day at the zoo."
-- The Toronto Star
"An honest and powerful book. . . An important book that, through good storytelling and the passionate voice of its author, gives us a window into the world of captive animals."
-- Canadian Children's Book News
"Laidlaw has done an admirable job. Grade school and high school students alike will find this challenging book a remarkable reference."
-- The Hamilton Spectator
"Illustrated with eye-catching color photography throughout, Wild Animals in Captivity encourages young readers to think long and hard about zoos.
-- The Midwest Book Review
"Wild Animals in Captivity, proves to be an excellent resource for the next generation of animal welfare supporters. Unlike many books written for a tween or young teen audience, Wild Animals presents information in a factual and interesting way. Readers, both young and old, will appreciate a tone that educates without condescending."
-- Canadian Federation of Humane Societies Newsletter