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Our Gigantic Zoo: A German Quest to Save the Serengeti

Thomas M. Lekan


This book examines the troubled relationship between Europe’s greatest wildlife conservationist, the former Frankfurt Zoo director and Oscar-winning documentarian Bernhard Grzimek, and the landscape he saw as a “gigantic zoo” for the earth’s last great mammals: the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. It analyzes the fissures that emerged between Grzimek and his son Michael’s self-appointed quest to save the Serengeti from modernization and “overpopulation” and the rights of rural Africans and their livestock to inhabit the landscape on their own terms during the era of decolonization around 1 ... More

Keywords: Americanization, Bernhard Grzimek, Frankfurt Zoo, imperial conservation, Julius Nyerere, Michael Grzimek, Serengeti National Park

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780199843671
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199843671.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas M. Lekan, author
Professor of History and Earth, Ocean, and Environment, University of South Carolina