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Encyclopedia of the World's Zoos

Discussion in 'Zoo Memorabilia' started by Shirokuma, 13 Sep 2009.

  1. Shirokuma

    Shirokuma Well-Known Member

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    [ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Encyclopedia-Worlds-Zoos-Catharine-Bell/dp/1579581749/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1252846948&sr=8-1"]Encyclopedia of the World's Zoos[/ame]

    Does anyone know anything about this book? I'm very curious about why it is so expensive, anyone seen a copy?
     
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    Encyclopedia World's Zoos

    It's actually three books. They came out in 2000 I think. They've always been expensive. They are in A to Z form and don't really work that well. Too broad a subject to work in a dictionary style).
     
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    They are in my local reference library and, personally, I think they do work well and are really helpful when researching new zoos, directors, animal exhibition etc. Having said that, I too have researched the cost and they are mighty expensive.
     
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    GOOD LORD! I was expecting it to be about £50-£60... But £225!?
     
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    Before I hit the road I sold my house and all my possessions. This included the three volume Encyclopedia of the World's Zoos. They are one of the things I regret selling but where was I going to keep them? And I certainly could not carry them with me.
    The Encyclopedia were multi authored. In fact I was asked to contribute at the outset but declined due to time constraints. The volumes are not just a list of zoos but information related to history, species, zoo biology, management and much too. It was an immense undertaking but I believe them to be excellent if you can afford them. You may not agree with every contributor (rather like ZooChat) but you will learn a great deal. At $680 it is a huge chunk of cash so the question is. Would I buy again? Yes definitely if I had a home and a living wage.
     
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  6. Shirokuma

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    Ok, I think I'm going to save up for these...
     
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    I've considered buying them, but I would like to see a more updated revised edition. 2000 is a long time ago in zoo statistics.
     
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    I just thought I would add that I found a set on Amazon - second hand - for £53! It's coming from the States. Even if it is flawed it will be an enjoyable read to dip into now and then.
     
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    Encyclopedia of world zoos

    I was given the books as a retirement present from my workmates 12
    years ago. I still dip into them now and then but like most zoo books
    they quickly go out of date. Still worth having.


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    Wiki-ise the important content (by rewording and simplifying it) and update it to remove errors. Its not hard if you grasp wikis, which are not that easy tbh, but are a standard format. Even Britannica stopped selling its print version for the reason it goes out of date: the internet is awful for many things, but not encyclopedias.
     
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    I bought a set from the US last week for under £25 - I look forward to their arrival :)