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)

Essay/
Animals and humans
Prison, spectacle, refuge

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

Nigel T Rothfels