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Babylon's Ark: The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo [Kindle Edition]

Lawrence Anthony , Graham Spence
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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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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"* "Terrific tale about how Iraqis, a South African conservationist and American soldiers saved the animals of the Baghdad Zoo.... A wartime story with a joyful ending.".... Kirkus Reviews"

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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 centre 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 fire fights. Together the Americans and Iraqis 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 632 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; Reprint edition (6 Mar. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003JH86L6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,473 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Humanity in the time of war 2 May 2007
Format:Hardcover
Mr. Lawrence is a courageous and brave man to go into Iraq to save the animals at the Baghdad Zoo. His determination and organizational ability to pull everyone together for such a noble cause is heartwarming. The Iraqi's, the soldiers, and Mr. Lawrence's passion for saving the animals makes this book such a great read. The writing is outstanding, the story is riveting. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Perspective on the War in Iraq 10 Mar. 2007
Format:Hardcover
Firstly I will admit to buying this book for two reasons.

I know Lawrence personally and we even got married at Thula Thula, his Game Reserve near Empangeni, in South Africa. We have seen the work he puts into bringing together all the different communities and the environment at home, so we were not surprised at all when we heard he was in Iraq trying to rescue the animals that had been affected by the war.

What can I say about this book?

This is a totally different perspective on the Iraq War to the usual, everyday stories that you hear. Buy it, read it and embrace one of the true success stories to come out of a war that we are all probably sick of hearing about by now! This book is totally unique, genuine and extremely heart warming.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting read 31 Oct. 2009
By J. Moir
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I opened this book and finished it in two reading sessions, in short I could not put it down. Lawrence Anthony's stunning detailed account of the appalling conditions he found, the people he met on this adventure and the surprising humanity he encountered from unexpected sources made me feel as though I was right there with him. In this book, you live the dust,the heat, the stench,the day to day fight to survive in a war zone, the frustration of bureaucracy, the camaraderie of those around him and the extraordinary determination to save the animals.
Lawrence Anthony's account is one of incredible perseverance and resolve under extreme conditions and is both tragic and heartwarming. His admiration for the Iraqi people who risked their lives to help on this mission shines through this book. The assistance he received from the American troops was quite a revelation. Having achieved so much, we can share with the author, the frustration and sadness of the mindless incident towards the end of the book. I wept and laughed many times. Lawrence Anthony comes across as a person with deep empathy for humans and animals alike and would be a fascinating character to meet.
An unmissable read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An astonishing read 28 Jun. 2012
Format:Paperback
The late conservationist, LAWRENCE ANTHONY deserves a recommendation for his bravery and raw persistance in the face of adversity. I just do NOT generally read books but being passionately interested in Animal Welfare this story caught my attention.
I have since read all 3 books [ inside 1 month ! ] about Lawrence's admirable life experiences and total dedication to saving and conserving wild animals from death and extinction through war, poaching and sheer malice by greed and inhumanity.
Amazon's price & delivery, once again, excellent and this book is a must, it contains acts of unbelievable courage, perseverance and total commitment to a cause which meant so much to one man so remotely connected to a war thousands of miles away.
With the aid of a few locals and American soldiers, Lawrence fought to save the remaining & dying Bagdad zoo animals whilst surrounded by the Iraqi war.
His achievements are simply awesome and have left a permanent place in my heart. He will be sorely missed but thankfully the continuation of his work will help inspire others to help save the threatened animal kingdom.
Read it, smile and weep. You will love it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 7 Mar. 2011
By Jade
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I didn't feel that this book was about the Iraq war more about the enormous and often forgotten about task of cleaning up after (or in this case during) it. This man is remarkable but he only ever states what happened, and never boasts about his accomplishments. I read it from the point of view of an animal lover and someone who felt they'd heard alot about the iraq war already, but once I got started reading I realised this was about humanity, the common goodness in people despite all the bad. There is plenty in the book about the animals too and the lions made for particularly tense read. The photographs helped emphasise that this is a true story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
An inside account that was gripping and interesting, of rescues and daring raids to save animals all while a war is going on around.
I read this so quickly as it was one of those unputdownable want to know what happens next books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging right from the opening... 22 Jan. 2012
By RJ
Format:Hardcover
A fabulous book, which I found incredibly hard to put down; read in 24 hours and as a first, both myself and hubby enjoyed it! (I first read Lawrence's elephant book which is fab and hubby is interested in International Relations).
Although understandable, parts were slightly disappointing as told from other people's point of view (whilst he went off fundraising in US for example). This doesn't detract from the overall interesting detail of the few months spent bringing some of the animals from in and around Baghdad out of the unlawful cruel habitation in the days after invasion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 11 Oct. 2012
By Pablova
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Well written, unique, enjoyable. No more need to be said. A great holiday read! Brilliant story! Not like any other book have read before and gives a completely different experience on Iraq compared to other books!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Quite satisfactory thank you.
Published 1 month ago by Janet Laurie
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing selflessness and bravery
This book just shows what is achievable with bravery, determination and an unstoppable desire to right the wrongs of our fellow man.
Published 1 month ago by Maria Adaway
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Item as described and speedy delivery.
Published 2 months ago by Ellie
5.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking read
This book is a must read for anyone who loves animals and cares about conservation. There are so many wars being waged all over the world and animals as well as people are paying... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs J Chaney
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
arrived on time great product
Published 3 months ago by Kevin Griggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking, powerful and an education in human behaviour. Read it!
I learned so much about the best and the worst ways in which human beings can behave from reading Lawrence Anthony's remarkable account of his mission to save the animals trapped... Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. E. Holley
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely One to Add to your Kindle!
Having read Lawrence's other two books (The Elephant Whisperer, The Last Rhinos) and loved them both, I decided to have a look at the first of his trilogy. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dr Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars Brought this for my husband who loves animals but not ...
Brought this for my husband who loves animals but not reading. He couldnt put this book down and has discovered reading
Published 4 months ago by C. A. Mullins
5.0 out of 5 stars Lawrence Anthony was a hero. He acted fearlessly in ...
Lawrence Anthony was a hero. He acted fearlessly in the most dangerous of circumstances and brought people together towards the common goal of saving the starving, abused, shell... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Alex Buxton
5.0 out of 5 stars EASY READ
Bought as a present for my husband who has thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The book not only tells the story of the animals but also the political situation at the time of the war.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs Christine Rogers
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