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Wild Man from BorneoA Cultural History of the Orangutan$
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Robert Cribb, Helen Gilbert, and Helen Tiffin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824837143

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824837143.001.0001

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Zoo Stories

Zoo Stories

Becoming Animals, Unbecoming Humans

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(p.185) 8 Zoo Stories
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Wild Man from Borneo
Author(s):

Robert Cribb

Helen Gilbert

Helen Tiffin

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824837143.003.0008

This chapter discusses ideas of human responsibility for animals, along with debates over the ethics of animal captivity. These discourses began to shape the orangutan's appearances in zoos more than a century ago, albeit in a more limited range of ways than is evident in fiction or film. By the early 1900s, innovative zoo directors were attempting to present exotic animals in more humane, quasi-natural contexts rather than in bare cages. This mode of presentation lent itself well to incorporating educational and scientific goals as part of the Western zoo mandate, leaving institutions that did not establish themselves in such terms to continue as mere animal show grounds.

Keywords:   human responsibility, animal captivity, orangutan, exotic animals, scientific goals, Western zoo, animal show

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