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  • Published: 3 November 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241975077
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
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The Zoo


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How one man's mad mission became one of the best-loved places in the world

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.
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.
%%%How one man's mad mission became one of the best-loved places in the world

The creation of a zoo in Dickensian London - when only one other existed across the world - is a story of jaw-dropping audacity. It is the story of trailblazing scientists, rival zookeepers and aristocratic naturalists collecting amazing animals from all four corners of the globe.
It is the story of a weird and wonderful oasis in the heart of a swirling city, and of incredible characters, both human and animal - from Stamford Raffles and Charles Darwin to Jenny the orang-utan and Obaysch the celebrity hippo, the first that anyone in Britain had ever seen.
Against a background of global Empire, domestic reform and industrialisation, this is a new history of a new world.

  • Pub date: 3 November 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241975077
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
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About the Author

Isobel Charman

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.

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