Special Issue: Science at the Zoo: Producing Knowledge about Exotic Animals, edited by Miquel Carandell & Oliver Hochadel. Centaurus. Journal of the European Society for the History of Science, Volume 64 (2022), Issue 3.
Was the zoo a place for science in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries? This Special Issue addresses this question with case studies that focus on individual animals such as anteaters, axolotls, dolphins, hoatzins, kangaroos, cassowaries and tarpans. The eight articles ask in how far the specific conditions of the zoo enabled but also conditioned or even impeded the generation of knowledge. And they show how closely intertwined these investigations were with issues of taxonomy, breeding, conservation and practical zoo management.
Table of contents
Oliver Hochadel: Science at the Zoo. An Introduction
Helen Cowie: A Tale of Two Anteaters: Madrid 1776 and London 1853
Christian Reiß: Knowing is surviving. The Mexican Axolotl, two Paris Zoos and the Role of Practical Knowledge in Keeping Unknown Animals, 1850-1876
Oliver Hochadel: How to get into the Pouch. Solving the riddle of the kangaroo birth (1826-1926)
Elle Larsson: "Here they are in flesh and feather": Walter Rothschild’s "private zoo" and the preparation and taxonomic study of cassowaries
Katherine McLeod: How to Display a Hoatzin: Animal Care and Conservation Science in the early 20th Century
Violette Pouillard: Animal nutrition, animal experiments, and the zoo as a laboratory, London Zoo – Paris Ménagerie, 19th century – ca. 2000
Marianna Szczygielska: Undoing Extinction. The Role of Zoos in Breeding Back the Tarpan Wild Horse, 1922-1965
Miquel Carandell: Mediterranean Dolphins from Miami: Knowledge and practices in the Barcelona Zoo "Aquarama" in the 1960s