This and use a tranuilizer gun Only Riley made it alive as he managed to get back to the enclosure before Riley made it out alive as he managed get back to the enclosure before shot Some say that s where Reuben was heading before he was shot in the back Dick couldn t understand why no one called him He was devestated even though he never came to visit he never invisioned them being illed He even watched the video and saw that Junior could have corralled them back to the enclosure instead of riling then up There were many complaints to the USDA to get the place shut down Even the state senator Ernie Chambers supported they be closed as he was an animal "WELFARE ADVOCATE I THINK THAT ANY "advocate I think that any this outfit has should be revoked immediately Chambers told the Lincoln Journal Star It s regrettable that three animals had to die due to the stupidity of human beings I m done I can t no 5 stars to the author for bringing this story to light Mel MY BLOG How not to run a zooThis book was a cautionary tale about following one s dreams When Dick couldn t land his dream job and settled my words for setting up a zoo in a small Nebraska town this game just got complicated The story was just okay for me but I bridge find it sad for the death of the animals and almost amusing at the incompetence of so many otherwise smart people Video Review The Most Dangerous Book Review on the Internet at This is a story of rural America one that laments the passage of time that causes small towns to become even smaller as they struggle not to wink out of existence It is also the story one man s dream a man ready to sacrifice everything to make it happenAuthor Carson Vaughan has created a work of literary journalism spending years researching the people and history of the town of Royal Nebraska The reader is easily able to view the heroes villains and spectators in this tale although as in most stories there is a little of all three in everyone The only true innocents are the animals and one can only w Throwing in the towel at the 25% mark I tried and tried but I can t stay interested in this story Yet another nonfiction book comprised of material that could have easily been covered in a magazine article Carson Vaughan is an excellent writer with an easy way of telling the story of how a disastrous event came to pass in a small town The story of one man s dream and its violent end was heart wrenching At times I found it difficult to read about gross negligence on the part of so many that ended in truly avoidable tragedy but Vaughan managed to humanize them by showing the reader that these individuals were ignorant of I m giving this 35 stars only because I m originally from Nebraska I grew up 25 miles from the nearest town population 310 and the author was from Broken Bow I wanted to scream as I read the book because it highlighted several issues that frustrate me about many rural Nebraskanswell intentioned but woefully uniformed unwilling to listen and take advice from others who are considered outsiders and view education as something that is not always needed The pipe dream of one guy who had a chance to study with primatoligist Dian Fossy but declined because he desired to start his own research center in his hometown of Royal NE started the wheels in motion After a series of gross mishaps loans from Johnny Carson threats from the USDA and IRS everything really went to hell in a hand basket Royal became the site of a massacre where three dangerous escapees were shot and True Stories Of New England Captives Carried To Canada During The Old Fr ki 35 Royal Nebraska population less than a hundred but due to the passion of one man they opened what became uite a tourist attraction They opened a zoo Dick Yasmin fell in love with chimps revered Diane Rossi and almost had a chance to work with her Her terrible murder put to bed that ambition Nevertheless he went on with his passion working with different chimps in different places When the last place went under he asked toeep one of the chimps He was now the main caretaker of Reuben and at the age of 25 he went on to start a zoo He had however little A Civic Biology know how henew how to care for chimps but money management and all the other details he needed help for Johnny Carson even donated money but things at the zoo were never right never stable and in 2005 a terrible event and resulting tragedy occurredThe best of intentions were just not enough neither was hard work An interesting read i actually eep thinking about this book after it ended How things changed for all involved how things went so tipsy turvy so uickly A good look at a little town and the big dreams of one manNarrated by Patrick Lawlor i had a little trouble getting used to his voice so I rate the narration Come Zoo Nebraska the unlikeliest boon to Royal’s economy in generations and eventually the source of a power struggle that would lead to the tragic implosion of Dick Haskin’s dreamA resonant true story of small town politics and community perseverance and of decent people and uestionable choices Zoo Nebraska is a timely reuiem for a rural America in the throes of extinctio.
Carson Vaughan ↠ 6 read & downloadNes by private individuals and in unlicensed road side zoos trained staff common than we want to believe The tragedy road side zoos trained staff is common we want to believe The tragedy Royal could easily be repeated in many communities across AmericaThis is an incredible book investigative reporting at its very best The author shows a real feel for the people in this tiny town He presents their lives and opinions honestly without ever being condescending or cruel I ll be thinking about this book for a long time This wasinteresting I guess I m still not honestly sure what I listened to for 10 hours A hodgepodge of facts bouncing around through the years possibly as it certainly wasn t the most well thought out history if that s what it s meant to be I almost DNFd this within the first 30% but somehow somehow by the end I was rather invested Not a complete waste of time though it could have been better spent on something with an actual storyline Review For Kindle First I was going to write a big thing and then I wasn t going to say anything Now I m going to try to piece together some thoughts First off years ago I volunteered in a wildlife refuge I met a wonderful friend there and we tried our best to do everything we could for the animals every day The owner was off her rocker and we stayed as long as we could to help those wonderful animals In the end we had to leave and most of those animals were illed to get shiny new ones I can t even with that any This story reminds me of a lot of horrible things that have gone wrong in zoos circuses so called refuges and other disgusting things wildlife is put through A man Dick had a dream He watched Jane Goodall and wanted to go to Africa and learn all about chimps He thought his dreams were going to come true when he was invited to go intern a bit with Dian Fossey Y all might remember the movie Gorilla s in the Mist where Sigorney Weaver played Dian Unfortunately this didn t come to pass as Dian was murdered He remembered her stories back in San Diego so often making light of a grave situation he d even warned her those poachers are going to Alta Tensi N Los Cortocircuitos Del Rock Peruano kill you someday and she had admitted that yes her life was in danger but she would return to Rwanda and continue her with nonetheless Side note I always wanted to be a poacher hunter when I was little but that s neither here nor there Jump ahead and Dick opened Zoo Nebraska in Royal a tiny town with high hopes Now it wasn t the original name but I m not going into all of that The board members eventually wore Dick down to where he had to leave I mean he loved his chimp Reuben but the jerks that were on the board and other things wore him down He found a good couple to come take over but didn t give them the skinny on how dire the place was financially and most importantly the environments for the animals More devastating still Reuben has lived alone since his arrival in 1986 despite so many warnings against it and the public seemed either ignorant of or apathetic to the conseuences The Bakkens say the star of Antelope County compulsively tore out his own hair that his thighs and forearms were nearly bald and that he acted bored depressed frustrated even psychotic I actually plan on reading the book Sandra wrote about Reuben The Bakkens were finally able to get better funding and bills paid also acuiring some friends for Reuben Jimmy Joe whom they considered a gentle giant Tyler whom starred in the 2001 family drama Race To Space alongside actor James Woods And they acuired Ripley who accompanied Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura 1994 and Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Devito in Junior 1994 He also appeared in an episode of Seinfeld According to the Center for Great Apes they become too dangerous to work with once they mature The sad fact is that for decades these famous simian actors who made us laugh have ended up as experimental subjects in biomedical research states their website Or in deplorable and shabby roadside zoosor in tiny backyard cages or in breeder compounds where their own babies are pulled from them to repeat the whole process of working young apes for entertainment Unfortunately the Bakkens were forced out by idiots on the board Then some other nice people try to help and they get pushed out Then we are left with Junior who took over as Director andnew nothing about how to take care of primates much less any other wildlife Everything went to hell in a hand basket with people volunteering and working with animals they never should have worked without proper training in anything This ultimately resulted in the apes getting out and illed instead of a training system set in place with people that new how to take care of. IonWhen Dick Haskin’s plans to assist primatologist Dian Fossey in Rwanda were cut short by her murder Dick’s devotion to primates didn’t die with her He returned to his hometown with Reuben an adolescent chimp in the bed of a pickup truck and transformed a trailer home into the Midwest Primate Center As the tourist trade multiplied so did the inhabitants of what would be. ,
This book had a range of emotions but it mostly left you feeling sad and angry for what should ve been stopped from happening and how woefully everything went wrong in this one small town I am sure none of us animal lovers haven t dreamed of having a zoo of our own Thankfully it stays just that a dream nothing than a fantasy But for one man he grew his dream into owning first one chimp and it just grew from there Though he was very unprepared for the upkeep budget and time having all those animals brings The blunder just blooms from there and falls on others shoulders and eeps getting just blooms from there and falls on others shoulders and eeps getting around until it ends in tragedyI won a The Money That Never Was kindle copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads program This is a carefully researched beautifully written book about a place and an event that are both insignificant and universal Royal Nebraska is a dying prairie town The school post office library and Methodist church have closed their doors as the population declined Young folks leave for opportunities The only ones left are those who are too old too sick or too odd to live elsewhereEveryone loves the idea of living in a small town but few people understand the realities of living in a place where you have little choice of friends and no privacy at all Resentments fester and feuds are common As one local says Royal has always had a Hatfields and McCoys reputation And yet the people of Royal love their town and for a few years they had something that set them apart from their neighbors They had an accredited zooDick Haskin was a serious studious boy who wanted to get out of Royal From the age of 12 he was fascinated by the study of primates in the wild He planned to use his degree in life sciences from the University of Nebraska as a springboard to a career as a primatologist He was offered an internship with at Dian Fossey s Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda but Fossey s murder intervened and no other offers materializedHe took a job at a small zoo in Lincoln Nebraska and used his free time to study the chimpanzees He developed a close relationship with a young chimp named Reuben teaching him American Sign Language But Dick disliked the concept of zoos and he eventually acuired Reuben and headed back to Royal with the dream of founding a primate study centerAmazingly he managed to acuire other animals and to raise funds for housing for Reuben A 55000 contribution from Nebraska native son Johnny Carson was both a financial windfall and a public relations prize The tiny educational center operated on a shoestring but was popular with locals and attracted attention from other parts of the state But animal centers must meet strict federal and state standards to earn andeep a license The strain of running a poorly financed operation broke down Dick Haskin s health and he was forced to resign as directorA Canadian couple with experience in zoo management took over and acuired three chimps and other animals doubling the number of animals on display But they didn t A Fair Mystery know that the zoo was deeply in debt and had received warnings from government agencies about the conditions in which the animals lived When they criticized Dick Haskin s management the board of directors indignantly fired them Royal was NOT putting up withnow it all outsidersFrom then on the zoo was run by untrained volunteers Conditions both financial and physical deteriorated On September 10 2005 a volunteer failed to close a gate while the chimp enclosure was being cleaned and the four chimpanzees all male escaped Two stayed on the zoo grounds but two wandered into townChimpanzees are extremely powerful and can be very aggressive As one expert said If one *chimp escapes someone will be hurt If two chimps escape someone will be * escapes someone will be hurt If two chimps escape someone will be There has never been an incident int he US where four chimps escaped at the same time with some of them leaving the zoo grounds While the rest of the country was watching the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina this tiny town was having its own horrific emergency and no one there was trained for itThe chapter that covers the escape of the four chimpanzees is hard to read I was left weak nee and very emotional Many people savagely criticized the handling of the emergency but the fact that there were no human casualties is a miracle These untrained civilians dealt with the danger as best they could with no time to think before they acted It s easy to be wise after the fact Everyone involved was scarred by the tragedy but they moved on What else can you doWhat happened in Royal sounds like a horror movie but the plain fact is that the eeping of exotic animals including very dangerous A moving true story of American struggleRoyal Nebraska population eighty one where the church high school and post office each stand abandoned monuments to a Great Plains town that never flourished But for nearly twenty years they had a zoo seven acres that rose from local peculiarity to ey tourist attraction to devastating tragedy And it all began with one man’s outsize vis.