According to the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, there are over 10,000 zoos around the world and each year they attract millions of visitors. But as historian Dan Vandersommers discusses this month, zoos have long been much more than simply places to spend a fun afternoon. Looking at how zoos have changed over the last two centuries can tell us as much about the humans who visit as about the animals on display.
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