Nigel Rothfels
Associate Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Nigel Rothfels is an associate professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His books include Savages and Beasts: The Birth of the Modern Zoo (2002), the edited collection Representing Animals (2002) and Elephant House (2015), co-authored with Dick Blau.

Written by Nigel Rothfels

Photo courtesy the Wildlife Conservation Society (formerly the New York Zoological Society)

Animals and humans
Prison, spectacle, refuge

Modern zoos are proud of their contribution to animal conservation but will always be haunted by their histories

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