The Zoo by Isobel Charman
The Wild and Wonderful Tale of the Founding of London Zoo: 1826-1851

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A deeply researched, terrifically entertaining exploration of the London Zoo “through the eyes of some of the people who made it happen.”
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Set in the heart of swirling, Dickensian London, the wondrous history of a unique institution and the incredible characters—human and animal—that populated it.


The founding of a zoo in Georgian London is a story of jaw-dropping audacity in the Age of Empire. It is the story of diplomats, traders, scientists, and aristocratic amateur naturalists charged by Sir Stamford Raffles with collecting amazing creatures from all four corners of the globe.



It is the story of the first zoo in history, a weird and wonderful oasis in the heart of the filthy, swirling city of Dickensian London, and of the incredible characters, both human and animal, that populated it—from Charles Darwin and Queen Victoria to Obaysch the celebrity hippo, the first that anyone in Britain had ever seen. This is a story of Victorian grandeur, of science and empire, and of adventurers and charlatans.



And it is the story of a dizzying age of Empire and industrialization, a time of change unmatched before or since.



This is the extraordinary story of London Zoo.
 

About Isobel Charman

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Isobel Charman graduated from Bristol University in 2003 with a first-class degree and the George Hare Leonard prize in history. Since then she has worked in factual TV production in Berlin, Cornwall and London. She specialises in historical subjects, and has worked as a researcher, producer and director on award-winning films for TV and cinema. She did all the original research for The Great War: The People's Story with support from the historians of Imperial War Museums, and from numerous librarians, archivists and families up and down the country. She also produced the series. This is her first book.
 
Published April 4, 2017 by Pegasus Books. 349 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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A deeply researched, terrifically entertaining exploration of the London Zoo “through the eyes of some of the people who made it happen.”

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