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Adapt or Perish? Zoos Must Choose

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Science  18 May 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5520, pp. 1304-1305
DOI: 10.1126/science.1060030

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A Different Nature The Paradoxical World of Zoos and Their Uncertain Future. David Hancocks. University of California Press, Berkeley, 2001. 302 pp. $35, £19.95. ISBN 0-520-21879-5.

Through his discussion of the origins and evolution of zoos, Hancocks considers their successes and failures at meeting diverse goals of recreation, education, research, and conservation. He calls for a reinvention of zoos to better deal with the current biodiversity crisis.