Babylon's Ark by Lawrence Anthony
The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo

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When the Iraq war began, conservationist Lawrence Anthony could think of only one thing: the fate of the Baghdad Zoo, located in the city center and caught in the war's crossfire. Once Anthony entered Baghdad he discovered that full-scale combat and uncontrolled looting had killed nearly all the animals of the zoo.

But not all of them. U.S. soldiers had taken the time to help care for the remaining animals, and the zoo's staff had returned to work in spite of the constant firefights. Together the Americans and Iraqis had managed to keep alive the animals that had survived the invasion.

Babylon's Ark chronicles the zoo's transformation from bombed-out rubble to peaceful park. Along the way, Anthony recounts hair-raising efforts to save a pride of the dictator's lions, close a deplorable black-market zoo, and rescue Saddam's Arabian horses. His unique ground-level experience makes Babylon's Ark an uplifting story of both sides working together for the sake of innocent animals caught in the war's crossfire.

 

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LAWRENCE ANTHONY is an acclaimed conservationist and founder of The Earth Organization. He received the UN's Earth Day award for his work in Baghdad. He lives in Zululand, South Africa. GRAHAM SPENCE is a journalist and editor. Originally from South Africa, he lives in England. Together they also wrote Babylon's Ark: the Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo.
 
Published March 6, 2007 by Thomas Dunne Books. 256 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, War, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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In April 2003, in the opening days of the Iraq War, the Baghdad Zoo was bombed, its animals released or taken.

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As detailed in Babylon's Ark, in 2003, shortly after the U.S. invaded Iraq, South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony entered Baghdad on a very different mission: to rescue the starving and dehydrated lions, bears, and tigers stranded in the city's bombed-out zoo, which was beset by armed lo...

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South African conservationist Anthony (Elephant Whisperer) and journalist Spence (The Last Rhinos) here document Anthony's efforts to save Iraq's Baghdad Zoo's animals from further maiming, starvation, death, and abuse. Describing the struggle to obtain permission to enter the war zone, raise mon

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