I’ve been asked by several North American ZooChatters about the terrific British magazine “Zoo Grapevine” and thus I decided to take a few moments to type up a mini-review. Independent Zoo Enthusiasts Society Zoo Grapevine is a glossy, colourful magazine that is the journal of the IZES (Independent Zoo Enthusiasts Society) and it is published quarterly. I have the last dozen issues and the publication has been vastly improved during that time period. The latest Zoo Grapevine (Autumn 2012) is perhaps the best yet. It is 40 colourful pages that are all about 8.5 x 12 inches in size, and it includes: 6 glorious pages of reviews of Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Reid Park Zoo, El Paso Zoo, and Living Desert Zoo in New Mexico. Another 6 pages of reviews are on Woodland Park Zoo, Oregon Zoo, Point Defiance Zoo and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. Then John Tuson has 3 pages reviewing Osnabruck and Rheine in Germany. There is a 5-page review of Moscow Zoo by Tim Brown (including off-exhibit animals and the outstanding museum that is only open for approved, pre-booked parties), and a further 5 pages of reviews of Vietnam captive wildlife attractions by Ben Gilbert. There are other odds n' sods but overall the magazine is absolutely brilliant, and eagle-eyed readers will spot several ZooChatter contributions in each issue. In Zoo Grapevine there are always about 4 pages of book reviews, and the latest has a review of 4 books and 3 of them I will soon own. I ordered Abenteur Zoo (German for Zoo Adventure) and even though it is entirely in German it has been highly recommended by a couple of zoo friends. It details 500 German zoos (what a staggering total!) as well as 100 zoos between Austria and Switzerland. The book is apparently in full colour with many photos, essays, etc, as well as the 600+ descriptions. What is astonishing is that Germany has 500 zoos but not a single major aquarium on the level of Shedd, Georgia or Monterey Bay in the United States. Also, Germany has only a single safari park out of those 500 zoos, and so literally the nation is packed with zoo after zoo with barely any exceptions. However, there are many bird gardens and reptile parks to go along with the zoos and the book sounds as if it is the single most comprehensive zoo guide ever attempted. The first edition was published 5 years ago and I never bought it due to its all-German writing but I decided to take the plunge this time around. In fact, whenever I receive a new issue of Zoo Grapevine in the mail my bank account groans because I immediately have the urge to purchase yet more zoo-related books. Past issues are just as note-worthy: Zoo Grapevine from Summer 2012 includes: the usual 4-5 pages of U.K. and International zoo news; a 3 page review of the famous German bird park Walsrode; 4 pages of reviews of The Living Desert in California, Wildlife World Zoo, Phoenix Zoo and Sealife Arizona; 4 pages of reviews of Antwerp, Amsterdam and Rotterdam; 4 pages of Book Reviews; and 4 pages of Rotterdam Zoo (a look back at 50 years ago). Zoo Grapevine from Spring 2012 includes: amongst the first 11 pages there is a species list for the new Reptile House (LAIR) at Los Angeles Zoo; a 4-page review of Menagerie du Jardin des Plantes in Paris; 5 pages of reviews of 5 lesser-known German zoos; 5 pages of zoo book reviews; and 6 pages detailing a trip undertaken by Raymond Lee Ditmars.