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Urban Wildlife. Zoos in the Low Countries
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Urban Wildlife. Zoos in the Low Countries

(David Van Reybrouck) The Low Countries - 2004, № 12, pp. 103-109

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Travellers usually enjoy discovering the distinctive characteristics of the towns or regions they visit. But rarely does a trip to the zoo figure on their itinerary. And yet those who actually take the trouble to visit every zoo they come across will often discover not only subtle differences but also a unique and hidden heritage. Flanders and the Netherlands not only have some of the oldest zoos in the world but also some of the most advanced. The author takes us on a historical stroll past the cages. It seems that Dutch and Flemish zoos are exhibiting the same behaviour as animals in the wild: conditioned by their own history they tend to do better than the rest in the struggle for survival.

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