A Little Zoo with a BIG
Heart . . .
One of Michigan’s best-kept
secrets is tucked away between a railroad and a river near
downtown Lansing. Founded in 1920, Potter Park Zoo is the
state’s oldest accredited zoo, yet today there are still Lansing
residents who have never heard of it.
Little Zoo by the Red Cedar:
The Story of Potter Park Zoo
makes up for this neglect by
revealing the true story of how caring people have kept the zoo
alive. Small and largely underfunded, the zoo has survived to
become a respected educational and wildlife research center—and
a fun place to spend the day! Read about the history of Potter
Park Zoo, but learn how zoos across the country have evolved.
You’ll discover what it takes to be a zookeeper, as well as how
medical and conservation science have become a key part of
Lansing’s zoo. Along the way, you’ll meet friends like Herman
the white-furred Mexican burro, who teases his keepers and zoo
guests relentlessly, and Bingo, the bouncy baby elephant who
captures the hearts of Lansing’s children and adults. You’ll
also get to know the zoo staff and volunteers who have given
their time, money, and hearts to Potter Park Zoo. Little Zoo by
the Red Cedar is a story of the joys of meeting new friends and
the pain of saying good-bye. It is a tale of the heartaches and
triumphs of working together to save wildlife!
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About the Author
Hile is a freelance editor and writer and has been a docent at
Potter Park Zoo for nine years. He lives in Mason, Michigan,
Kevin has a B.A. from Adrian College, and has written and edited
dozens of books.
Hard Cover -
6x9 - 256 pages - $27.50
ISBN / SKU: 1-60693-062-1