Thought to Exist in the Wild
Non-profit publisher releases new book exposing zoos
Contact: Diane Leigh or Marilee Geyer
"Finally, someone has the courage to question zoos. Animals in zoos
are not ambassadors teaching us about the natural world, they’re unwilling
prisoners, teaching us how we as humans seem to need to dominate every living being on
the planet. This is a brave book and a much needed voice on behalf of the animals."
– Bill Maher, Host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher
GROUNDBREAKING BOOK QUESTIONS
"How do zoos teach us to perceive nonhuman animals and our
relationship to them?"
As the summer season approaches, families across the country make
plans to visit a zoo. In fact, 45 million American adults and
children visit zoos each year, yet rarely does anyone ask the
fundamental question of what zoos really teach us about animals,
ourselves, and the natural world.
Combining stunning photos with a compelling essay, Thought to Exist
in the Wild: Awakening from the Nightmare of Zoos is a passionate,
unflinching exploration of what zoos are and what they mean, both to
the animals inside the cages and to the animals—humans—watching
Acclaimed writer Derrick Jensen, author ten books, including of A
Language Older Than Words and, most recently, Endgame Volume I and
II, uses his well-known lyrical style to range from the global to the
personal, the heartbreaking to the comical, and from horror to
beauty, examining the history of zoos and their place in our current
Karen Tweedy-Holmes’ breathtaking and often haunting photos provide
the visual narrative, showing us the alienation and loneliness of
animals held in zoos around the world, but also showing us the innate
beauty and dignity of each individual animal.
Zoos are under ever-increasing public scrutiny, particularly for
their care of the intelligent and sensitive elephant. In 2006,
numerous elephants in zoos where found to be suffering from foot
ailments caused by inadequate conditions, and several zoos, under
public pressure, announced plans to phase out their elephant exhibits
and release the animals to the lifelong care of sanctuaries. The
questions raised by Thought to Exist in the Wild are timelier than
Thought to Exist in the Wild paints an unforgettable portrait of
zoos, and leads us toward a deeper understanding of animals,
ourselves, and our place on the planet. The book is available in
bookstores everywhere, or may be ordered direct from the publisher at
No Voice Unheard is a non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)3 independent
publisher whose books illuminate important social issues
and create unique voices on behalf of those who are unseen, ignored
or disregarded by society.
No Voice Unheard titles are distributed by Biblio Book Distribution.
phone 831-440-9574 / fax 831-479-3225