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Strange Things Happened on My Way to the Zoo

Biography / Memoir
By: Mike Thomas
160 pages, 122 colour and b&w photos
Publisher: Alison Hodge
Strange Things Happened on My Way to the Zoo
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  • Strange Things Happened on My Way to the Zoo ISBN: 9780906720738 Paperback May 2010 Usually dispatched within 5 days
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This title presents the adventures of Mike Thomas, former owner of The Seal Sanctuary and Newquay Zoo, and sometime Big Cats in the Wild Expert.


Acknowledgements Early Daze Tone Deafness is in the Ear of the Beholder Chalk on My Hands We are Sailing The Furries at the Bottom of the Garden A Step in the Right Direction Marine Daze Fur Coats and Wetsuits Waving Goodbye to Mermaids I See No Pigs A Royal Soaking A Royal Birth Liberal Views Politics Pay Dividends Not a Fish Out of Water No Sale Ahead War and Peace Full Sale Ahead Zoo Daze Daybreak Bad News The Strong Wind of Change A Very Tasty Rainforest Home, Sweet Home And Sheep May Safely Graze P - P - P - Pick Up a Penguin A Loose Kneecap The Coronation of the New King Birds in Paradise Where the Grass Might be Greener Who's a Pretty Boy, Then? Lame Kangaroos Can't Jump Dining Out with a Friend Blockbuster Kept in the Dark Mrs Griffiths' Roast Potatoes Grinners in the Mist A Time of Convenience Marc's Arc HQ was all it was Cracked up to Be Paw Prince Once Upon A Time Big Cats Were Kittens Putting One's Foot in It Sheepdog The Rising Phoenix Nice to See You Where Have all the Cows Gone? A Lion's Tale Visitors from the Sky Bangers and Mash Back to the Future Beginning at the End

Customer Reviews


Mike Thomas was born in Wales. He spent a number of years teaching, and subsequently ran several successful businesses in Cornwall.
Biography / Memoir
By: Mike Thomas
160 pages, 122 colour and b&w photos
Publisher: Alison Hodge
Media reviews
'I have spent many happy times walking through Newquay Zoo with Mike, and though I knew how dedicated he was, I had no idea just how much hard work was involved in turning that limping duck of a business into the soaring eagle it became during his ten years' ownership. From broken ankles to escaping apes, from the beast of Bodmin Moor to the devastation of foot and mouth, this is a story told from the heart, by a man with astonishing dedication to the animal world and the wider welfare of our planet and the people who live upon it. Well done Mike, you owned a zoo - not many can say that!' (Phillip Schofield, Television Presenter) 'A very enjoyable read, and brought back interesting memories of what must have been one of the strangest applications of DNA identification, even if it failed to identify the Beast. It also brought back very pleasant recollections of the days that my family and I have spent at Newquay Zoo - it might be small, but it is great!' (Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, Geneticist) 'I loved visiting Newquay Zoo with my son when Mike Thomas owned it. There was always something new happening, and the place had a special atmosphere. (I was also extremely grateful when my son's two very small turtles were adopted and given a home at Newquay.) Strange Things Happened on My way to The Zoo, is a wonderfully entertaining and enlightening account of the unusual and circuitous journey Mike Thomas made before eventually owning a Zoo. It is also a joy to discover what being the owner of a Zoo really entails.' (Jenny Agutter, Actress)
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