To see accurate pricing, please choose your delivery country.
United States
All Shops
EU Shipping Update - read more

British Wildlife

8 issues per year 84 pages per issue Subscription only

British Wildlife is the leading natural history magazine in the UK, providing essential reading for both enthusiast and professional naturalists and wildlife conservationists. Published eight times a year, British Wildlife bridges the gap between popular writing and scientific literature through a combination of long-form articles, regular columns and reports, book reviews and letters.

Subscriptions from £40 per year

Conservation Land Management

4 issues per year 44 pages per issue Subscription only

Conservation Land Management (CLM) is a quarterly magazine that is widely regarded as essential reading for all who are involved in land management for nature conservation, across the British Isles. CLM includes long-form articles, events listings, publication reviews, new product information and updates, reports of conferences and letters.

Subscriptions from £22 per year
Academic & Professional Books  History & Other Humanities  Philosophy, Ethics & Religion


Art / Photobook
By: Jo-Anne McArthur(Author), Lori Gruen(Introduction By), Virginia McKenna(Foreword By)
208 pages, colour photos
Publisher: Lantern Books
Click to have a closer look
  • Captive ISBN: 9781590565629 Paperback Jul 2017 Usually dispatched within 2-3 weeks
Price: £30.99
About this book Customer reviews Biography Related titles

About this book

In recent years, the role of zoos and aquaria as centres for conservation, education, and entertainment has been placed under scrutiny. From the controversy surrounding the confinement of orcas at SeaWorld to the killing of Harambe the gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, questions have been asked about the place, if any, of zoos and aquaria in a world where so many animals need resources and protection in the wild, and where many other means of learning about the natural world exist.

For more than a decade, Canadian photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur has turned her forensic and sympathetic camera on those animals whom we ve placed in zoos and we animals who look at them. As with her first book, We Animals (Lantern, 2013), McArthur's aim is to invite us to reflect on how we observe or ignore one another through the bars, across the moat, or on either side of the glass. Captive is a book that will challenge our preconceptions about zoos and aquaria, animal welfare, and just what or who it is we think we see when we face the animal.

Customer Reviews


Jo-Anne McArthur is an award-winning photojournalist. She has been documenting the plight of animals on all seven continents for over ten years. She has created the We Animals project and is also the other of a book entitled We Animals. Jo-Anne hails from Toronto, Canada.

Art / Photobook
By: Jo-Anne McArthur(Author), Lori Gruen(Introduction By), Virginia McKenna(Foreword By)
208 pages, colour photos
Publisher: Lantern Books
Media reviews

"In her stunning images, Jo-Anne McArthur conveys more than words ever can the injustice of confinement, and the arcane idea that we are lords and they are things."
– Jonathan Balcombe, author, What a Fish Knows

"Captive may have a positive influence on the reader and serve to steer them away from captive animal shows including dolphins and other whales and that's what I like most about the book."
– Ric O Barry, The Cove, the Dolphin Project

"Captive is a searing reflection of the despair felt by captive wild animals. I hope everyone views the photographs in this great work and dares to recognize themselves in these individuals. We owe it to them."
– Lori Marino, neuroscientist

"As a field ethologist, I ve been privileged to see animals of all kinds expressing their complex, playful, serious, and fully social selves with their families, friends, and foes in natural settings. McArthur's beautiful, striking, and utterly shocking photographs show zooed animals in settings where they're alone, clearly unhappy and depressed, and unable to express their natural behaviors. I deeply hope that what McArthur reveals here will help to close down these prisons and end our objectification of these magnificent sentient beings."
– Marc Bekoff, coauthor, The Animals' Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age

"The wonder of the work is that it induces that same deep existential hollowness that zoos themselves do, the disquieting sense that, as Rilke, one of the great zoo-visiting poets, put it: 'the shrewd animals notice that we are not very much at home in the world we've expounded.'"
– Charles Siebert, author, journalist, poet

"Jo-Anne McArthur's photographs of haunted and traumatized animals imprisoned for the term of their natural lives for no better reason than that they have a curiosity value for us are infinitely depressing. Taken together, they constitute an indictment of the so-called zoological garden to which there is no conceivable reply."
– J.M. Coetzee, author, The Lives of Animals

"To experience Jo-Anne McArthur's photography is to absorb the revolutionary idea that the loneliness of a captive animal is our own loneliness that their confiscation from the natural way of being is our own confiscation from the same. And that perhaps the solution to their existential plight might be the beginning of a solution to our own. Breathtaking, mournful, vital."
– Andrew Westoll, author, The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary

"McArthur sums it all up. We can no longer keep animals like this. Haunting and sad, yet beautifully composed. A must-have book for all who care about animals."
– Britta Jaschinski, photographer

Current promotions
Collins Bird Guide (New Edition)NHBS Field Guide SaleEcho Meter Touch 2 - AndroidBrowse our 2022 Equipment Catalogues