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Ethics on the Ark

Discussion in 'TV, Movies, Books about Zoos & Wildlife' started by Onychorhynchus coronatus, 6 Nov 2020.

  1. Onychorhynchus coronatus

    Onychorhynchus coronatus Well-Known Member

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    There is a very interesting book (fairly old now as I believe it was first published in the early 90's) called "Ethics on the Ark".

    The book was a series of essays representing all sides of the zoo and conservation debate and had some very thought provoking chapters / essays about the future and purpose of zoos.

    I actually no longer own this book as I gave my copy to a friend at Chapultepec Zoo so I unfortunately cannot re-read it.

    However, I was wondering whether anyone else had read it and if so what they thought of some of the essays ?
     
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    Somewhere I have a copy. From memory it was reasonably pro zoo and certainly contributed to the welfare debate.
     
  3. Onychorhynchus coronatus

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    Yes, I thought it was quite a good book too.

    A few of the essays and concepts were a bit "out there" though...

    I remember one essay on future zoos having no live animals at all and just interactive tv screens that showed footage of wildlife. :confused:
     
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    That will never happen now in that experience is available to anybody with an internet connection.
     
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    Yes, I agree, I think that is an example of how some essays of the book have aged badly.

    I think that particular essay was probably written in that early 90's pre-computer in every household techno-utopia spirit of the times.

    More audio / visual displays within zoos could be a good idea though IMO.
     
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    Also, I remember the book had Jersey's famous "Jambo" on the frontcover.
     
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    The book "Ethics on the Ark" is a collection of papers that were presented at a workshop held in 1992.

    I read the book when it was first published in 1995 and I agree with you that I found some of the chapters very thought-provoking although I haven't looked at the book for a quarter-of-a-century.

    Two other interesting books on the ethics of keeping animals in zoos are:

    Zoos and Animal Rights: The Ethics of Keeping Animals (Stephen C. Bostock; 1993). (The author, Bostock, was Education Officer at Glasgow Zoo.)

    Zoo Ethics: The Challenges of Compassionate Conservation (Jenny Gray; 2017)
     
  8. Onychorhynchus coronatus

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    Thank you for your reply @Tim May !

    Yes, totally agree with you, some of the chapters definitely influenced my view towards zoos and particular those that dealt with species conservation and captive breeding.

    I haven't read either of the two books that you mention but I really would like to have a read of these eventually so thank you for mentioning them. :) ;)