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Saving the Baghdad Zoo: A True Story of Hope and Heroes

by Kelly Milner Halls

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I liked this book, because it reminded me of the cultural institutions that get shattered in war zone areas. Sometimes I can't tell if the animals actually had great living conditions prior to the bombing, but the story of people's efforts to save them and give them a better life is quite touching. I think kids would really enjoy this book, and it has sidebars so you could read as much or as little as you want. ( )
  scote23 | Dec 26, 2013 |
I liked this book, because it reminded me of the cultural institutions that get shattered in war zone areas. Sometimes I can't tell if the animals actually had great living conditions prior to the bombing, but the story of people's efforts to save them and give them a better life is quite touching. I think kids would really enjoy this book, and it has sidebars so you could read as much or as little as you want. ( )
  scote23 | Mar 30, 2013 |
Saving The Baghdad Zoo is an incredible book for kids who want to learn about the story of a place that has truly risen from the ashes. The book covers several species of animals, gives basic animal facts, and several stories of animals actually resident at the zoo are shared. A truly inspiring story! ( )
  briandrewz | Nov 3, 2012 |
Saving the Baghdad Zoo is the story of Capt. William Sumner's experience as he and many others worked to save the zoo and its animals after the invasion of Iraq in 2003 by U.S. military forces.

This book is informative, and contains many sidebars that cover specifics about certain species and stories of individual animals. The book is organized categorically by animal types with figurative titles that can engage a reader. Black Market Horses and Pelican Brief are a couple examples. The zoo recovery was obviously well-documented, any the photographs tell much of the story themselves. Bibliographical information and an index is included in the book, and both are well-organized.

It's certainly different to read about something positive coming from American involvement on the ground in Iraq since so much of what we see is negative. Sumner emphasized keeping the animals at the Baghdad Zoo even though certain foreign organizations opposed and this served as his central message; the Baghdad Zoo belongs to Baghdad and its people. ( )
  bpoche | Apr 4, 2012 |
April 2003 in Iraq... Baghdad was a city in wartime ruins. Captain William Sumner's commanding officer said to him, "There is a zoo in al-Zawra Park. Why don't you go check it out?" What he found became a mission! There were several zoos, public and private, in the Baghdad area, and all had been abandoned during the fighting. Many animals had been killed or escaped, but others were trapped in their cages without food, water, or care. Captain Sumner and his team found food and water for the animals, requested help and medical advice from zoo staffs in London and North Carolina, and found ways to move animals to safer places. The team found priceless Arabian horses that had been stolen, and rescued them from thieves. Once the team's reputation for saving animals became public, people came from all around to return animals to them. In July, with help from the US Army, the Baghdad Zoo reopened to the public with the collected group of recovered animals. It was one of the only open public parks at the time, and it hs become a place of hope for the people of Baghdad. This is an inspiring story of courageous people choosing to make life better for the people around them as they saved the animals of an embattled city! Excellent photos and animal facts, perfect choice for 6th grade and up. ( )
  KarenBall | Sep 23, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 006177202X, Hardcover)

The baghdad zoo was once home to more than six hundred magnificent animals. But after the war in Iraq began in 2003, the city faced widespread destruction.

When U. S. Army Captain William Sumner was asked to check out the state of the zoo, he found that it, too, was devastated. Hundreds of animals were missing, and the few remaining were in desperate need of care. And so Captain Sumner accepted a new mission. Together with an international team of zoologists, veterinarians, conservationists, and dedicated animal lovers, Captain Sumner worked tirelessly to save the neglected—but tenacious—animals of Baghdad.

Saving the Baghdad Zoo tells the poignant stories of these remarkable animals. Meet the abandoned lions who roamed an empty palace with no food or drink; the camel, Lumpy, who survived transport through sniper fire; the tigers, Riley and Hope, who traveled 7,000 miles from home; and many more.

The Baghdad Zoo, open once again to the people of Iraq, has become an oasis of hope and safety in a city where both are precious gifts.

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The Baghdad Zoo was once home to more than six hundred magnificent animals. But after the war in Iraq began in 2003, the city faced widespread destruction. When U. S. Army Captain William Sumner was asked to check out the state of the zoo, he found that it, too, was devastated. Hundreds of animals were missing, and the few remaining were in desperate need of care. And so Captain Sumner accepted a new mission. Together with an international team of zoologists, veterinarians, conservationists, and dedicated animal lovers, Captain Sumner worked tirelessly to save the neglected animals of Baghdad. Saving the Baghdad Zoo tells the poignant stories of these remarkable animals. The Baghdad Zoo, open once again to the people of Iraq, has become an oasis of hope and safety in a city where both are precious gifts.… (more)

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