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Discussion in 'TV, Movies, Books about Zoos & Wildlife' started by birdsandbats, 28 Feb 2018.

  1. birdsandbats

    birdsandbats Well-Known Member

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    Belly Up is a 306-page fiction mystery novel for kids by Stuart Gibbs. Belly Up takes place in a fictional zoo/amusement park in Texas called Funjungle, where the park's mascot, Henry Hippo has been found dead. While Funjungle claims it is a natural death, the main character believes it was murder.

    I recently read this book and thought it was great. Stuart Gibbs seem to know a lot about zoos, and makes referenced to great zoos around North America (Bronx and San Diego are mentioned often). Gibbs also mentions things that we as ZooChatters notice to often, like people feeding the animals, teasing the animals, only going to zoos to see ABC species, or skipping the entire reptile house because the animatronic dinosaurs are inside it. The mystery was great too.

    Overall, it was a great book, and very worth reading! There are two sequels called Poached and Big Game, but I haven't managed to read them yet.
     
  2. agnmeln

    agnmeln Well-Known Member

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    Poor Henry Hippo, though!
     
  3. birdsandbats

    birdsandbats Well-Known Member

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    For anyone who cares, this a list of species at FunJungle as mentioned in Belly Up:

    Hippo River
    Nile Crocodile
    birds (species unspecified)
    Common Hippopotomas

    Monkey Mountain
    Chimpanzee
    gorilla (species unspecified)
    colobus monkey (species unspecified)
    baboon (species unspecified)
    squirrel monkey (species unspecified)
    orangutan (species unspecified)

    Carnivore Canyon
    Lion
    Tiger
    Jaguar
    raccoon (species unspecified)
    otter (species unspecified)
    Leopard
    Grizzly Bear
    Mountain Lion

    World of Reptiles
    Black Mamba
    cobra (species unspecified)
    Cottonmouth
    rattlesnake (unspecified, book says "several species")
    Fer-De-Lance
    more venomous snakes (species unspecified)
    lizard (species unspecified)
    Asian Small-Clawed Otter
    birds (species unspecified)
    Scarlet Ibis

    Safariland
    Wildebeest
    Water Buffalo
    rhino (species unspecified)
    Common Eland
    Impala
    warthog (species unspecified)

    Nocturnal Life
    bats (species unspecified)

    Deserts of the World
    camel (species unspecified)

    Wilds of America
    Moose

    Shark Oddesey
    shark (species unspecified)

    Polar Zone
    penguins (species unspecified)
    Polar Bear

    Zelda Zebra's Petting Zoo
    zebra (species unspecified)

    Carribean
    dolphins (species unspecified)
    coral reef tank

    Amazon Adventure
    anaconda (species unspecified)
    Capybara
    sloth (species unspecified)

    The Land Down Under
    kangaroo (species unspecified)

    Pacyderm Forest
    elephant (species unspecified)

    Other
    sea lion (show animals, species unspecified)

    I will edit it when I read some more books.
     
  4. evilmonkey239

    evilmonkey239 Well-Known Member

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    I’ve read all the books in this series, have to say they’re pretty awesome.
    I even created a fan-made list of species known to be and which I speculated to be in FJ’s collection.
     
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