Wild Animals in and out of the Zoo

Wild Animals in and out of the Zoo

Wild Animals in and out of the Zoo

Wild Animals in and out of the Zoo

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This book is about the Zoo--but it is not all about it. The Zoo is a complicated organization, full of personalities and histories, and scarcely an animal or bird is there that has not its own story. I have tried to tell some of these stories and to show in a small way Zoo things that are not ordinarily seen by visitors.

The writer is under obligation to Mr. Thomas Henry who has dug out historical facts and otherwise added to the manuscript. Our Mr. Blackburne has written down some of the tales so well known to his friends, and these are included. Mr. Baker has contributed several accounts drawn from his experience of many years with the Zoo. Mr. Gerrit S. Miller, Jr., Dr. Charles W. Richmond, and Miss Doris Cochran have given freely of their time and expert knowledge to insure the correctness of the scientific nomenclature throughout the book. Mr. John R. Ellingston has read and edited the manuscript and given helpful advice in its preparation. Miss Gladys Visel has typed it, often from fearful copy, and finally, Lucile Quarry Mann has gone over the records of the Zoo and made an annotated list of the residents there during the first forty years of the Park's history.

Many of the illustrations are from snapshots made by the author but the file of photographs in the office has been largely drawn on. Benson Moore has contributed colored sketches of a half dozen rare species as well as the several charming pen-and-ink drawings, and Stephen Haweis has given us the frontispiece.

To all of these the author is deeply grateful.

W. M. M.

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