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Ide Parks which has detailed accounts of the history of the zoo This is an old favorite of mine which was given to me by my grandfather It s an easy read and a cute story I loved animals as a child and still do so this story always appealed to me You also learn a lot about different types of animalsand people too The perfect book for the cool autumn days we are experiencing From the start of the story describing how the Sedgwick County Zoo got its first pelican this book captures readers in it s playful vibe Not many know the history of the Sedgwick County Zoo or how it was once located in Riverside Park its lions roaring to remind the neighbors they were ust a few blocks away Full of charming anecdotes and witty stories by the son of the first Wichita zookeeper I ll Trade You an Elk also pays homage to the indomitable spirit of Wichita in the early years and how it was at the forefront with industrious and creative leaders who weren t afraid to think outside the box Or the case of Bernie Goodrum outside the alligator pit Charming old school look at some of the history of Wichita s Riverside Zoo but definitely written in another time The book isn t bad it s Arvyndase (Silverspeech) just tough at times to reconcile the treatment of animals and zoos in the 1930s with what we know today raising the uestion of how should weudge past peoples by modern standards Delightful. Town is entertaining depicting family solidarity town spirit and the bright side of an era too often considered a period of gloom It is a boo for young and
I thought this was pretty good What an amazing year or so out of the life of this young man and his father I don t think I will The Magpie Lord (A Charm of Magpies, join the throngs who read this periodically but I am glad I read it once One of my favorite old school zoo books It s interesting to see how zoos get started drop your unwanted pets here and how attitudes toward captive animal care have changed choose an interesting species from a catalog mail order put it in a cement box and you have an exhibit I love stories like this learning by trial and error beforeournals full of research and guidelines existed This is the story of the zoo in Witchita in the 1930s An ex schoolteacher gets drafted into running the local zoo and decides to expand the collection and improve the exhibits despite having no experience It s the kind of story that would be almost impossible today but it s extremely entertaining The story is narrated by his teenage son who gets conscripted to help out with the zoo project and uickly finds himself wrangling pelicans evading foul tempered goats and leaping out of bed at all hours in the morning to check on incubating eggsIt s written with loving detail and great humor I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in animals or zoos Fun hometown history The author obviously admired Wodehouse but his own writing lacks pizazz The We Bought a Zoo of the The time was 1936; the setting was Wichita Kansas; the characters; Father a former school teacher turned recreational director for the town; Mother a monumen.
930s except the author s father didn t buy a zoo so much as become the director of a small city owned one But he did proceed to transform it from a small and ramshackle collection of beasts into the beginnings of something that was poised to become something wonderful if WWII hadn t come along demanding resources and manpower The book stops short of that point though and focuses instead on the director s first few years as he begged inadvertently borrowed and traded to upgrade both collection and facilities Told with great humor and love I enjoyed myself from beginning to end even the latter part of the book that moves away from the zoo and focuses on the author s personal project of raising several dozen birds both native and exotic species from the egg stage both to stock and provide funds for the zoo For the curious there is an epilogue chapter covering the 30 year period from where the story ends to when the book was published and with the power of my time machinecrystal ball I can skip ahead nearly 50 years to find out what became of the zoo which appears to have changed locations and been re established almost from scratch as the Sedgwick County Zoo alive and well since 1971 There is a neat article discussing some of the original zoo s history here I also found a 1929 photo of a building in the zoo here My next step is to order Wichita s Rivers. T of patience and Chuck the teen age son They all became involved in one of Father's pet projects the rebuilding of the zooThis true story of a family and
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Springfield Virginia passed away on Friday September 21 2012 at his residence Beloved husband of Donna Belle Goodrum; devoted father of Christopher Kent Goodrum of California Julia Belle Peter Freitag of Wake Forest NC and Geoffrey Paul Goodrum of Alexandria VA; loving grandfather of Gregory Rachel and Tristan FreitagHe received degrees from Wichita University and Columbia University Following graduation he was hired by the Library of Congress and became the librarian of its Congressional Research Service In ensuing years he became the CRS's Director of Research and later the Director of the Office of Planning and Development for the Library as a whole until retirement