Introduction: The Zoo provides an excellent example of societys changing attitudes
to nature and the ways in which ideas about nature are often rooted in earlier imperial
ideologies. On this visit to the Zoo you are expected to focus less on the animals
themselves and more on the meaning and politics of looking at and experiencing this
very particular construction of nature. Think about the design and organisation of the
zoo and the sorts of attitudes, encounters and experiences that arise.
I will upload some pictures that I did from zoo and a sample essay for you to write this report. This report is very important for me. Thanks for your help!!!
Before writing up your field report, I recommend looking at one or two of the following. You may also
include in your essay other pertinent academic articles not listed here, but remember
THIS is a FIELDBASED
report, NOT a research essay.
*Anderson, K. 1995, Culture and nature at the Adelaide Zoo: at the frontiers of
human geography, Transactions of the Institute British Geographers 20,
*Anderson, K 2004 Zoos in Patterned Ground: entanglements of nature and
culture ed. by S Harrison, S Pile and N Thrift, Reaktion, London, pp 172-174.
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*Berger, J. 1980, 2001, Why Look at Animals? in John Berger: selected
essays, ed. by Geoff Dyer. Bloomsbury: London, pp. 259-281.
Watts, M. J. 2004, Enclosure: a modern spatiality of nature’ in P. Cloke, P Crang and
M Goodwin (eds) Envisioning Human Geographies , Arnold: London , 48-64 Week 2
reading, via LMS.
Plumwood, V. 1993 Dualism: the logic of colonisation’, in Feminism and the Mastery
of Nature. Routledge: London & New York , pp. 42-68 ditto.
Franklin, A. 2006 Animal Nation: the true story of animals in Australia, UNSW Press,
Haraway, D. 1989 Primate colonies and the extraction of value, in Primate Visions:
Gender, Race and Nature in the Worlds of Modern Science. Routledge: London and New
York, pp. 19-25.
Pratt, M. L. 1992 Science, planetary consciousness, interiors, in Imperial Eyes: Travel
Writing and Transculturation. Routledge: London, pp. 15-37 via LMS
De Courcy, C. 1995 The Zoo Story. Melbourne, Melbourne Zoo.
Mazur, N. 2001 After the Ark? Environmental Policy-Making and the Zoo. Melbourne,
Melbourne University Press.
Think about the period in which the enclosures
you see might have been built and the attitude to animal display that they reflect.
Keep a (non-intrusive) eye on what other visitors are doing, expecting and
the Wild Seas exhibit (penguins, seals, etc.) is
this an interactive exhibit where human-animal encounter is encouraged or
something else?/ the Zoo shop, which youll find hard to avoid. What types of
things get marketed here? Do these souvenirs reflect the emphases elsewhere in the
Zoo? And why do people buy this stuff? This is perhaps a more serious and interesting
question than it might initially appear