From the Publisher: Aug 21 1989

The man at the right may look like he's only feeding a giraffe, but he's actually lunching with a source. Acacia branches in hand, Los Angeles correspondent James Willwerth befriended Kito for this week's Living story on the renaissance of the American zoo. Over the course of eight weeks Willwerth petted a walrus in Tacoma, walked ankle deep in freezing snow in the company of several hundred penguins in San Diego and held (gingerly) a tarantula in Cincinnati.

As he talked to the human beings who run the zoos, Willwerth was especially impressed by the dedication that curators feel to their...

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