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Essential Books for Carnivore Keepers

Updated on July 7, 2011

More by luck than design my first job in a zoo back in 1968 was as a 'Cat Keeper'. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then but that initial contact with the carnivores was the start of an enduring romance. I still love the big cats...but the small ones too. Otters also fascinate me as do wolves, and I have a special affection for Dingo's.

In those early days there was not a lot to read on Zoo Carnivores. There was Crandall of course and the various sections of the very few 'International Zoo Yearbooks'. My learning was a steep spiralling curve of information gleaned from my practical experience and conversations with the odd ex-circus employees who littered the zoo world at that time. I don't regret it for a minute but I would love to have had access to the abundant and excellent reading matter available today.

Again, my list here is very much a personal one. There are books I


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would have liked to include but they are either out of print or currently unavailable.

All of these books can be ordered directly from here. Just click on the book and it will take you to the Amazon page giving more details.

You might like to take a look too at the books for Zoo Keepers as they tie in with the list here.

Originally this article was entitled the 10 most essential books....but I have revised it.

If you are interested in learning more about any of the big cats please visit the Zoo Professionals Book Store and more.

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