From the era of Frank Buck's famous motto ""Bring 'em back alive"" down to the still adventurous life of the animal supplier and/or collector, Mr. Pinney tells of various distinctive experiences of the greats among the zoo hunters. He describes in detail the procedure of transporting ""wild cargo"" from various parts of the globe to Europe and the United States, and runs through the development of zoos in history. The questions of conservation and extinction receive necessary attention; the author emphasizes the immediate need for action. In this clearly written, well organized account, the reader learns much and picks up curious bits of knowledge besides (e.g. discovery of five foot earth worms). Pleasurable, informative reading with eye catching photographs.