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by R. J. Ryan


Keepers of the Ark book. This is the true story of how they were cared for, handled, and trained during the time the author worked as an elephant keeper at the San Diego Wild Animal Park

Keepers of the Ark book. This is the true story of how they were cared for, handled, and trained during the time the author worked as an elephant keeper at the San Diego Wild Animal Park. For the first time, the public can get a behind the scenes look at the daily life of captive elephants.

Keepers of the Ark is the true story of R. J. Ryans experience as an elephant keeper at the San Diego Wild Animal Park during the mid-1980s. It follows the daily life of not only the author, but also the elephants at one of the most prestigious facilities in the country.

Keepers of the Ark: An Elephant’s View of Captivity- . Managing Elephants: An Introduction to Their Training and Management- Alan Roocroft (1994): This book gives a glimpse into free contact management and how it was used throughout zoos at the time.

Elephants in captivity are elephants kept in a confining area, such as a zoo, circus, or camp, where they are fed and cared for by humans and usually exhibited for entertainment or educational purposes. Most captive elephants are taken from the wild, as they breed poorly in captivity. The low rate of captive births cannot balance out captive mortality. Selective breeding of elephants is impractical due to their long reproductive cycle, so there are no domesticated breeds.

The Amboseli Elephants, A Long-Term Perspective On A Long-Lived Mammal, Cythia Moss, Harvey Croze & Phyllis C. Lee, University of Chicago Press, USA (2011). An Elephant In The Room: The Science and Well-Being of Elephants in Captivity, Debra Forthman, Lisa F. Kane, David Hancocks & Paul F. Waldau (ed., Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy, USA (2009). Elephants On The Edge, What Animals Teach Us about Humanity, . Bradshaw, Yale University Press, USA (2009). Elephants and Ethics, Toward a Morality of Coexistence, Christen Wemmer & Catherine A. Christen,.

Keepers of the Ark: an Elephants' View of Captivity by R. Ryan. R J. Ryan details the abuse that is inherent in keeping Elephants captive in a Zoo type setting. In this book, Ryan details the systematic and often cruel methods used to control the elephants. I highly recommend reading this book as it is a great educational tool. Ryan is quoted as saying "An attitude permeated throughout almost all of the elephant keepers that I would meet - how dare these elephants fight back.

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William Ryan Woven through the story of the Ark Tablet is a chatty, witty, humane, and at times very funny memoir of a life spent deciphering these baffling indentations in once-wet mud.

Ostensibly, this book is about a millennia-old slab of clay with some wedge-shaped writing on it and what it reveals: a Primordial Flood story unlike any other. Woven through the story of the Ark Tablet is a chatty, witty, humane, and at times very funny memoir of a life spent deciphering these baffling indentations in once-wet mud. It's also a marvelous introductory history to the discipline of Assyriology itself. But it goes beyond that.

The Ark of the Covenant . Missing for thousands of years, it has been carefully preserved where it was least expected, and now is at risk. From the ravages of time, and those who would stop at nothing to possess it. Or destroy it to fulfill an ancient prophecy. ★★★★ Non-stop action that is impossible to put down.

The inadequacies for elephants in captivity will always be a source of disease and suffering for elephants. Ed Stewart is president of the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), which he and partner Pat Derby co-founded in 1984. Cramped enclosures and hard surfaces cause a variety of problems, including deadly foot disease and arthritis, infertility, obesity, and abnormal repetitive behaviors such as swaying and head bobbing. PAWS operates three sanctuaries in Northern California that are home to more than 100 rescued and retired animals, including 8 elephants, 32 tigers, lions, bears, primates and other species.

For many years, elephants have been exhibited in zoos and parks all over the world. This is the true story of how they were cared for, handled, and trained during the time the author worked as an elephant keeper at the San Diego Wild Animal Park. For the first time, the public can get a behind the scenes look at the daily life of captive elephants.
Dynen
I am so happy that someone who has worked for the Zoological Society of San Diego had the courage to stand up to this organization and expose the truth. As a former employee of 12 years, I know first hand of the abuse, neglect and mismanagement of animals that goes on on a regular basis. I worked in one of the shows and have seen animals hit, worked to exhaustion and withheld food in order to get them to perform. People need to realize that zoos are nothing more than a money making business under the guise of conservation, education and research. Thank you Mr. Ryan for speaking the truth and standing up to the "Evil Empire."
Ranterl
This books reveals what most people -- who have ever cared to ask -- know what is involved in keeping and maintaining elephants in captivity.
This author's behind the scenes look at the inherent cruelty involved in most elephant related training practices is especially applicable when elephants are trained for rides and circus type acts (even if it is not called a circus).
I believe that anyone who frequents zoos or circuses needs to read this book to make a more informed decision on the PR campaigns and practices they are supporting by buying tickets for admission.
We are told about the education and conservation that they purport to support, but is this true for the mass majority of them?
Read it and really find out "When Elephants Weep"
Xtreem
As an Animal Rights activist, I ordered this book with greatenthusiasm, thinking that I would get a lot of first hand informationabout how animals are trained and treated in the zoo and circus industries. My first impression of "Keepers of the Ark" was when I got the envelope in the mail and thought, "that's an awfully small book for ..[the price]." Especially for a paperback!
After reading the book I can honestly say that it was informative, enlightening, and even enjoyable. But I was also taken aback at how lousy the editing was! There were spelling errors, grammar errors, run on sentences, just like as if it was taken directly from someone's notebook with no editing what so ever. Considering that the author really lays into the management people above him while he worked in the WAP for not having any college degrees (while he did), it rings as being pretty hypocritical that the published work looks so bad from the grammar standpoint.
And the book really is too expensive for a 180+ page paperback.
The author gets B, and the publisher a D-.
I would suggest checking it out from the library instead of buying it.
Uranneavo
I found this book to be nothing short of a gripping and devestating account of the dilemma facing captive elephants and their keepers. Ryan writes out of highly personal convinction and candor. The result is an intimate and revealing memoir I found difficult to put down. This is not a comprehensive guide to elephant captivity or training methods and should not be purchased as such. Instead, it should be read as one man's experience and eventual confrontation with a sad and pervasive mentality surrounding treatment of captive animals. Ryan succeeds in making us (those of us with compassion for our fellow animals) frustrated, horrified and desperate to believe in an alternative to violent methods of keeping elephants.

My hearty congratulations to the author for his courage. Essential reading for policy makers, animal keepers and those frequenting zoos. There must be a better way!

Daniel Ferguson

Montreal, Canada
Teonyo
First off I would like to say to Mr. Mark Witt, that reveiw was very harsh considering all the hard labor my Father went through to write this book! He deserves a A (insted of a B!) I'm sure that if u were to write a book it would not be perfect either! Anyways i belive this book is the cold hard truth about what these animals go through. I would definatly recomend this to people that are intersted in this area.
Nuliax
I must admit that reading the review I wrote before is quite funny. I thought that you, Kathy, being so "intelligent" would notice the date realize that I wrote that 3, almost 4 years ago. I was 11/12 when that was written and now I am 16 going to be 17. So I'm sorry but your attempt at a "Low Blow" has failed. Maybe three years from now you can critize this review.
Gavinranadar
I think it's hilarious that, in defending her father against Mr. Whitt's crticism of his poor grammar and spelling, Ms. Ross-Ryan uses words and grammar that are unrecognizable as English and do, indeed, make her father look like a literary genius. The apple really does not fall far from the tree.
Really enjoyed this book. Found it to be informative and very interesting.
Keepers of the Ark: An Elephants View of Captivity ebook
Author:
R. J. Ryan
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Xlibris Corp; 1 edition (December 1999)
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