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Zoo Nebraska

The Dismantling of an American Dream
Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
4 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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A moving true story of American struggle.

Royal, 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 key tourist attraction to devastating tragedy. And it all began with one man’s outsize vision.

When 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 become 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 dream.

A resonant true story of small-town politics and community perseverance and of decent people and questionable choices, Zoo Nebraska is a timely requiem for a rural America in the throes of extinction.

©2019 Carson Vaughan. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Life in Royal, Nebraska.

Extensively researched and well written account of the ill-fated Zoo Nebraska located in Royal, Nebraska. Vaughn paints the portrait of a small town in Nebraska that is pulling itself apart as it heads towards oblivion.

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a great story of America

I love non fiction. This story is very much at the heart of America. It's accuracy and emotional telling makes you feel at home and uneasy at the same time.

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