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Description - Zoo on the Road to Nablus by Amelia Thomas

The last Palestinian zoo stands on a dusty, deadend street in the once prosperous farming town of Qalqilya, on the very edge of the West Bank. The zoos bars are rusting; peacocks wander quiet avenues shaded by broad plane trees; a teenage baboon broods in solitary confinement; walls bear the pockmarks of gunfire. And yet the zoo is an extraordinary place, with a bizarre, troubling and inspiring story to tell. At the center of this story is Dr. Sami Khader, the only zoo veterinarian in the Palestinian territories. Family man, amateur inventor, and dedicated taxidermist, he is fiercely independent, apolitical, and resourceful in times of crisis. Dr. Sami dreams of transforming the zoo into one of an international caliber. In The Zoo on the Road to Nablus, Amelia Thomas brings the reader into a world rarely glimpsed from the outside, weaving the stories of the zoos animals, its staff, and its visitors into a rich, colorful chronicle of the indomitability of the human-and animal-spirit.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781586484897
ISBN-10: 1586484893
Format: Hardback
(210mm x 140mm x mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: PublicAffairs,U.S.
Publish Date: 22-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Amelia Thomas

Amelia Thomas is a British journalist, working in the Palestinian Territories and Israel. She is a correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, Middle East Times and Egypt Today and lives in Tel Aviv.