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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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Babylon's Ark
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Excellent read
April 3rd, 2015
I whole heartedly enjoyed Lawrence Anthony's telling of the brave men and women who saved the animals at the Baghdad zoo. If you are a fan of the elephant whisperer himself and his amazing environmental conservationism then you wont be able to put this one down.
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Excellent read!
January 19th, 2013
The authors have an amazing way of writing to connect you with the animals. I shed quite a few tears both for the animals and for the man with an amazing heart!
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