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Bibliography: Books: Zoos

This bibliography covers books which may be useful in researching zoos, oceanariums, marine life parks, and related subjects. Some of these books are available from the publisher or your favorite bookstore, while others are out of print but may still possibly be obtained through a used book dealer or from your library (in stock or through interlibrary loan). When possible a link has been provided to where you may check availability and order the book directly.

Davis, Susan G.
Spectacular Nature: Corporate culture and the Sea World experience. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. 1997. 313p. B&W Photos. Highly critical analysis of Sea World of California that's at its best in its detailed look backstage -- when it's not getting mired down in trendy anti-corporate rhetoric thus missing the point of why visitors want to go there in the first place.
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Folzenlogen, Darcy & Robert
A Guide To American Zoos and Aquariums. Littleton, CO: Willow Press. 1993. B&W Photos. Guide to 173 zoos and aquariums in the United States.
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Gittner, Cory H.
Miami's Parrot Jungle and Gardens: The Colorful History of an Uncommon Attraction Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida. 2000. vii, 143p. Color and B&W Photos. A history of this aviary and gardens in Miami, Florida.
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Hill, Ralph Nading
Window In The Sea. NY: Rinehart & Company. 1956. 208p. B&W Photos. The story of the founding of Florida's Marine Studios (later Marineland), the world's first viable oceanarium.
Out of print.

Kisling, Vernon N., Jr. (Editor)
Zoo and Aquarium History: Ancient Animal Collections to Zoological Gardens. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. 2001. 415p. B&W Photos. Scholarly, documented treatment of the subject by experts in their areas. Chapters on animal collections in the ancient world as well as histories and overviews of zoos in Great Britain, Western Europe, Central-Eastern Europe and Russia, Australia, Asia, India, Japan, Africa, South America, and the United States. Includes a listing of zoos worldwide.
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Marshall, Anthony D.
Zoo. NY: Random House. 1994. xiii, 318p. A guidebook to zoos, aquariums, and wildlife parks in the United States. Features multi-page profiles of 102 parks as well as a brief history of zoos.
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Rendell, Sharon
Living With Big Cats: The Story of Jungle Larry, Safari Jane, and David Tetzlaff. Naples, FL: IZS Books. 1995. xv, 222p. Color and B&W Photos. Biography of Jungle Larry Tetzlaff, animal trainer and exhibitor at Cedar Point and Caribbean Gardens, and the history of his family and attractions.
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