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Le Parc Zoologique de Paris [The Zoological Park of Paris]: Des Origines à la Rénovation

By: Maryvonne Leclerc-Cassan(Author), Dominique Pinon(Author), Isabelle Warmoes(Author)

296 pages, 320 colour & b/w photos and colour & b/w illustrations

Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle

Paperback | Mar 2014 | #224709 | ISBN-13: 9782856537480
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About this book

Language: French

Generations of visitors who have visited the zoo of Paris will be fascinated by this lively and detailed history that traces more than eighty years of life of the zoo. It takes into account all of its stakeholders: designers, architects, scientists, travelers, artists, trainers, visitors ... and animals.

This book tells of the functioning and transformations of the zoo, a complex space for men and beasts, between science and representation. It reflects the evolution of our relationship with wild animals, originally to exhibit exotic sights and objects of scientific, nowadays to study sentient beings – ambassadors of their environment – and to support conservation of species.

A richly commented iconography, largely never before seen, is brought together here: archival material, plans, drawings, portraits, photographs, postcards, posters, works of art ... This set and its annexes, including the plans of various European zoos and an extensive bibliography, also make it a reference book.

Summary in French:
Les générations de visiteurs qui se sont succédé au parc zoologique de Paris se passionneront pour cette histoire vivante et détaillée qui retrace plus de quatre-vingts ans de la vie du zoo. Elle prend en compte l’ensemble de ses acteurs : concepteurs, architectes, scientifiques, voyageurs, artistes, soigneurs, visiteurs… et animaux.

Cet ouvrage raconte le fonctionnement et les transformations du zoo, espace complexe destiné aux hommes comme aux bêtes, entre science et représentation. Il reflète l’évolution de nos rapports avec les animaux sauvages, à l’origine curiosités exotiques exhibées, objets d’étude scientifique, aujourd’hui êtres sensibles, ambassadeurs de leur milieu et support de conservation d’espèces.

Un riche iconographie commentée, en grande partie inédite, est réunie : archives, plans, dessins, portraits, photographies, cartes postales, affiches, œuvres d’art… Cet ensemble et ses annexes, dont les plans de divers zoos européens et une importante bibliographie, en font également un ouvrage de référence.

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