Babylon's Ark - Lawrence Anthony & Graham Spence

Babylon's Ark

By Lawrence Anthony & Graham Spence

  • Publication Date: 2007-03-06
  • Genre: Nature
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 34 Ratings)

Book Overview

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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Users Reviews

  • Enlightening for all

    By Tennis possum
    An engaging insight into human tenacity for a small handful of animal advocates in a war torn Iraq. A must read on many levels.
  • AWESOME!!!

    By Robin8471
    Awesome!!!! Unbelievable but completely true!!! Lawrence Anthony is am amazing person and we are in his debt forever for the Bagdad Zoo, the Thula Thula Elephants, Rhinos and the wonderful other animals!!!
  • Babylon's Ark

    By JRW54
    A good read. Certainly also a different view of the war in Iraq. Besides seeing the ugly side of war, we see all sorts of people coming together and supporting a great cause.
  • Fantastic

    By Mrstheta
    2nd book I have read from this author!