Obaysch: A Hippopotamus in Victorian London

John Simons

Obaysch: A Hippopotamus in Victorian London is the story of Obaysch the hippopotamus, the first ‘star’ animal to be exhibited in the London Zoo. Uncovering the circumstances of Obaysch’s capture and exhibition, this book investigates the notion of a ‘star’ animal, as well as the cultural value that Obaysch accumulated.

riveting ... Alongside his in-depth research into the lives of hippos, Simons raises philosophical issues that have contemporary relevance ... he involves the reader in hippo narratives and the ethics of capture and captivity

- Wendy Woodward Animal Studies Journal

Release
Jan-2019
ISBN
9781743325865
RRP (AUD)
$35.00
Pages
230
Format
Paperback
Category
Animal studies

Professor John Simons

John Simons is an historian specialising in the history of animals. He has written or edited twenty books, on topics ranging from Middle English chivalric romance to Andy Warhol to the history of cricket.

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