Babylon's Ark - Lawrence Anthony & Graham Spence

Babylon's Ark

By Lawrence Anthony & Graham Spence

  • Release Date: 2007-03-06
  • Genre: Nature
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 62 Ratings)


The astonishing story of the soldiers, conservationists, and ordinary Iraqis who united to save the animals of the Baghdad Zoo

When the Iraq war began, conservationist Lawrence Anthony could think of only one thing: the fate of the Baghdad Zoo, caught in the crossfire at the heart of the city. Once Anthony entered Iraq he discovered that hostilities and uncontrolled looting had devastated the zoo and its animals. Working with members of the zoo staff and a few compassionate U.S. soldiers, he defended the zoo, bartered for food on war-torn streets, and scoured bombed palaces for desperately needed supplies.

Babylon's Ark chronicles Anthony's hair-raising efforts to save a pride of Saddam's lions, close a deplorable black-market zoo, run ostriches through shoot-to-kill checkpoints, and rescue the dictator's personal herd of Thoroughbred Arabian horses. A tale of the selfless courage and humanity of a few men and women living dangerously for all the right reasons, Babylon's Ark is an inspiring and uplifting true-life adventure of individuals on both sides working together for the sake of magnificent wildlife caught in a war zone.


  • Enlightening for all

    By Tennis possum
    An engaging insight into human tenacity for a small handful of animal advocates in a war torn Iraq. A must read on many levels.
  • AWESOME!!!

    By Robin8471
    Awesome!!!! Unbelievable but completely true!!! Lawrence Anthony is am amazing person and we are in his debt forever for the Bagdad Zoo, the Thula Thula Elephants, Rhinos and the wonderful other animals!!!
  • Babylon's Ark

    By JRW54
    A good read. Certainly also a different view of the war in Iraq. Besides seeing the ugly side of war, we see all sorts of people coming together and supporting a great cause.
  • Fantastic

    By Mrstheta
    2nd book I have read from this author!