Zoo Nebraska

Zoo Nebraska

The Dismantling of An American Dream

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Royal, Nebraska, population eighty-one--where the church, high school, and post office each stand abandoned, monuments to a Great Plains town that never flourished. But for nearly twenty years, they had a zoo, seven acres that rose from local peculiarity to key tourist attraction to devastating tragedy. And it all began with one man's outsize vision. When Dick Haskin's plans to assist primatologist Dian Fossey in Rwanda were cut short by her murder, Dick's devotion to primates didn't die with her. He returned to his hometown with Reuben, an adolescent chimp, in the bed of a pickup truck and transformed a trailer home into the Midwest Primate Center. As the tourist trade multiplied, so did the inhabitants of what would become Zoo Nebraska, the unlikeliest boon to Royal's economy in generations and, eventually, the source of a power struggle that would lead to the tragic implosion of Dick Haskin's dream.
Publisher: New York : Little A, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781503901506
1503901505
9781503901490
1503901491
Branch Call Number: 590.7 HASKIN
Characteristics: 238 pages : map, portrait ; 22 cm

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