Exhibiting animals

Zoos, menageries and circuses

Authored by: Helen Cowie

The Routledge Companion to Animal–Human History

Print publication date:  September  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138193260
eBook ISBN: 9780429468933
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Exotic animals have long fascinated human beings. For thousands of years they have been collected and exhibited in menageries and zoological gardens. They have been paraded, studied and trained to perform, functioning by turns as symbols of monarchical or imperial power, items of trade, subjects for scientific enquiry and sources of entertainment. 1

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