Pioneering wildlife traders,
Towards natural settings and space,
Captive breeding and animal conservation.
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The first book-length history of American zoos, Animal Attractions: Nature on Display in American Zoos, examines the meaning of nature in the city by looking at the ways zoos have assembled and displayed their animal collections. Situated literally and culturally in the American middle landscape, zoos are concrete expressions of longstanding tensions between wildness and civilization, science and popular culture, education and entertainment. In their efforts to promote nature appreciation, they reveal much about how our culture envisions the natural world and the human place in it and how these ideas have changed. 255 p.