The Medici Giraffe

Title: The Medici Giraffe

Author: Marina Belozerskaya

Hardcover: 432 pages

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (August 21, 2006)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0316525650

ISBN-13: 978-0316525657

The title of this book is a misnomer – only one chapter out of 7 talks about the Medici Giraffe, which was a gift from an Egyptian ruler to get the Medici’s help with a conflict between Egypt and the Ottoman empire.

This book is really about seven examples of the capture and display of exotic animals from history. It starts with Ptolemy Philadelphos’s search for elephants for his army and stops with William Randolph Hearst’s San Simeon ranch.

Its a fun read but, because its a series of articles it comes off as a little disjoint.


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