Zoos

Going to the Zoo!

May is the perfect time to visit a zoo. It's not too hot or crowded, and the animals are at their springtime best. If your kids are begging for pandas, then the National Zoo in Washington is the place to go, but there are some places about an hour's drive from our area where kids can get a different kind of beastly experience.

Saving the Baghdad Zoo: A True Story of Hope and Heroes by Kelly Milner Halls and Major William Sumner

Saving the Baghdad Zoo

When the war in Iraq started, there were more than 600 animals being kept in public zoos and on private premises in and near Baghdad. Lions and tigers and bears…oh, no; were they safe?  Were they being cared for? Were they hurt and in need of medical attention? Were they scared and hungry?  Saving the Baghdad Zoo, by Kelly Milner Halls and Major William Sumner, is a wonderful story of the animals and those people who stepped up to the challenge of caring for them.

Good Night, Gorilla

By Peggy Rathmann

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An unobservant zookeeper is followed home by all the animals he thinks he has left behind in the zoo. Suggested for ages 2-6.
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If I Ran the Zoo

By Dr. Seuss

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A young boy imagines the fantastic animals and incredible acts he will have for his greatest of all circuses. If you like this, try If I Ran the Circus. Suggested for ages 4-8. JE Seu.
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