Writers’ Talks on Endangered Animals at London Zoo

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A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to London Zoo to learn about a special series of talks that are going to be held between now and October. ZSL conservation scientists and keepers have joined with writers and poets to produce a series of talks which aim to show how endangered species are reflected in literature. The input of the keepers will ensure that accurate details about the animal can be compared with their fictional counterparts. The talks will be held next to the animal in question, giving a special atmosphere to the occasion.

Me with the penguins!

I was really impressed by my tour of the zoo. The snippets of information I learned from the keepers and authors indicate that these talks will be fascinating. If you’re in London over the next few months I recommend going to one of these talks as they promise to be a unique experience.

7th May: Louise Doughty on Okapi

11th June: Sara Wheeler on Penguins

23rd July: Susie Orbach on ‘Jungles of the Mind’

20th August: David Harsent on African Hunting Dogs

16th September: Tom Holland on Asian Lions

1st October: Randal Keynes on Darwin’s Apes

For more information and details of how to book tickets visit the ZSL website.

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  1. Jeanne says:

    This is great! I wish more zoos would copy this idea. Wouldn’t Douglas Adams be proud? (have you ever read his Last Chance to See?)

  2. Annabel says:

    How wonderful. I bet the Penguins one will be fun – however I can’t recall encountering any Okapi(s?) in literature – intriguing…

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