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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside (May 26 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554550254
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554550258
  • Product Dimensions: 26.1 x 21.1 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #380,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rob Laidlaw, Director, Zoocheck Inc. on April 6 2009
Format: Hardcover
A powerful and accessible argument for changing the way children (and adults) think about wild animals in captivity. A must read for wildlife lovers and for anyone who even occasionally visits a zoo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda on April 5 2009
Format: Hardcover
This beautifully illustrated book helps kids to understand the difference between a good home for a wild animal and a bad home for a wild animal. No child should have to go to a zoo again and ask if this is OK - is the animal happy here? With the knowledge they gain in this book children will be able to answer that question for themselves. The world is changing and watching stressed animals in barren cement exhibits is no longer tolerable. Teaching the next generation ANOTHER WAY is THE ONLY WAY to make change. Rob Laidlaw did an excellent job.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Tacail on July 9 2008
Format: Hardcover
Rob Laidlaw takes complex material and in a clear, non-condescending, and captivating manner explains it to young children. Rob has a way of making the reader experience what the wild animals in captivity are experiencing. Children will never see zoos through the same eyes again after having read the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Abbott on June 11 2008
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Wild Animals in Captivity is a visually stunning and engagingly written book that tells the story of zoo animals and contrasts their lives to those "at home in the wild." Most zoos, from grim roadside exhibits to huge urban displays, are sadly wanting. But author Rob Laidlaw gives practical advice about how to evaluate animal treatment and lists ways to improve it. He also sees signs of progress - in 2005, for example, the venerable Detroit Zoo permanently shut down its elephant exhibit. Laidlaw also identifies compassionate models for the future, notably sanctuaries for the elephants, polar bears, whales, dolphins and Great Apes he believes should never be kept in zoos.

Wild Animals in Captivity combines captivating photographs with fact-filled sidebars and informative narrative that provides a cogent history of zoos as well as the ethology of the animals kept there. Though designed for young adults, it also held this mature reader in thrall. Elizabeth Abbott, animal advocate and author of Sugar: A Bittersweet History, A History of Celibacy and A History of Mistresses.
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This is a riveting account of the horrifying fates of animals held in captivity! May 21 2009
By D. Fowler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
When Rob Laidlaw was a child his trips to the zoo left him with feelings of sadness because the animals held in captivity were kept in less than optimum conditions. Caged birds had no room to fly, monkeys were kept in small cages and there was a sad looking silverback gorilla that never failed to capture his attention. He "sat alone in a dark, concrete room behind steel bars and thick glass . . . with nothing for him to climb or play with." Rob, now the director of Zoocheck Canada, is determined to make a difference in the lives of these animals.

When animals are held in captivity, they do not act the same as those in their natural habitats and their lives are "completely dependent on people" and oftentimes exhibit very abnormal and unnatural behaviors (stereotypies). Other animals like elephants can develop infections in their feet and arthritis from standing on unnaturally hard surfaces and their inability to be able to rove long distances at will like they normally do in the wild. This book discusses and compares the differences, both mental and physical, between animals in the wild and those held in captivity. Meet Maggie, Keiko, Yupi, Wanda, Winky and learn about their fates. Read about the Five Freedoms animals should have and about the horrifying instances when they don't.

This is a riveting book and brings to light issues few adults are aware of, let alone young people. It is thorough, fascinating, alarming and the photographs almost insist the reader take a stance on the issue of keeping wild animals in captivity. With the emergence of the progressive zookeeper and people like Rob Laidlaw perhaps things will change. Would you like green algae growing in your hair? How about a case of unnecessary foot rot? Frank Buck didn't do us any favors when he started selling animals to zoos in the 1920s.
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An educational children's picturebook Sept. 6 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Written for young people ages 8-12, Wild Animals in Captivity is an educational children's picturebook about what the lives of animals in captivity are really like. Author and founder of the wildlife protection organization Zoocheck Canada explains how to tell the difference between zoos that confine wild animals in dismal conditions unlike their real habitat, and progressive zoos that treat captive wild animals with compassion and respect. Illustrated with eye-catching color photography throughout, Wild Animals in Captivity encourages young readers to think long and hard about zoos, and closes with ten ways to help captive wild animals such as "Support wildlife sanctuaries that provide permanent homes for retired or neglected animals. Research the facility first because some places just call themselves sanctuaries. Real sanctuaries care for animals for the rest of their lives." Highly recommended.
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An important children's book July 9 2008
By Julianne Woodyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Rob Laidlaw does a brilliant job of explaining the plight of captive animals through his stories, while not offending even the most sensitive children.

As a mother of a young child, I was thrilled to find this book and share it with my child.

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