Babylon's Ark

The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo

Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence

Thomas Dunne Books

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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
ONEON THE EASTERN SIDE of the border hundreds of civilian vehicles were jammed up bumper-to-bumper, gridlocked on the desert sands as crowds queued to get out of war-torn Iraq.On the Kuwaiti side, there was just one car among all the military hardware waiting to get in.Mine.Or more correctly, it was mine for as long as I paid the fees. If the rental company had known I was taking one of their spanking new vehicles into the war zones of Baghdad, they would have had a conniption.The border sentry held up the stamped permit granting me permission to enter Iraq.

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"Babylon's Ark is a compelling story of one dedicated man's efforts to save the abandoned animals of the Baghdad Zoo amidst the chaos, danger and uncertainty of a city under siege during the coalition invasion of 2003. Lawrence Anthony shows his courage and intense devotion to the animal kingdom as he risks his life in an effort to shut down the Baghdad Zoo and rehabilitate it. Anthony's crusade for the animals of the Baghdad Zoo is truly his line in the sand."
--Jay Kopelman, author of From Baghdad, With Love: A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava

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Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence

LAWRENCE ANTHONY is an acclaimed conservationist and founder of the Earth Organization. He received the UN's Earth Day award (making him the first South African to receive the award) for his work in Baghdad. He lives in Zululand, South Africa. GRAHAM SPENCE is a journalist and editor. Originally from South Africa, he now lives in England.

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Babylon's Ark
The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo
Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
March 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429981439
ISBN10: 1429981431
256 pages, Includes eight pages of color photographs
$9.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
July 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312382155
ISBN10: 0312382154
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages, Includes eight pages of color photographs
$15.99
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