Jun 092020


Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives by Thomas French

The New World

Eleven elephants. One plane. Hurtling together across the sky.

The scene sounds like a dream conjured by Dali. And yet there it was, playing out high above the Atlantic. Inside the belly of a Boeing 747, eleven young elephants were several hours into a marathon flight from South Africa to the United States. Nothing could have prepared them for what they were experiencing. These were not circus animals, accustomed to captivity. All of these elephants were wild, extracted at great expense and through staggering logistics from their herds inside game reserves in Swaziland. All were headed for zoos in San Diego and Tampa.

Ellie was guiding Matjeka and the others through the basics of zoo life, showing them how to stay calm when the humans touched their trunks or exfoliated the skin with brushes. For captive elephants to remain healthy, skin care was almost as important as their foot care.

  6 Responses to “First Chapter & Teaser Tuesday
Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives by Thomas French”

  1. This sounds good. Anything with animals gets my attention.

  2. I’m with my namesake, Yvonne on this one.

    Anything with animals grabs my attention, although I have to admit that I prefer the visual impact of television wildlife programmes, rather than the written word.

    We live literally a mile or so from one of the most well known Safari Parks in the UK and there have been several behind the scenes programmes made there over the years, which have been hugely popular.


    I must admit that I do tend to support the many charitable institutions which rescue and home damaged and badly treated animals, rather than such animal parks and zoos, which generally only keep the animals for profit.

    I hope you enjoy the book when you get to read it, it has earned some amazing ratings and reviews 🙂


    • It’s so cool that you live so close to a safari. We live a few hours from one but I’ve never been.

      I’ve always wanted to go on a safari. My first choice would be Serengeti.

  3. Sounds like a fascinating read!

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