While Morrone's passion for learning about and caring for animals is commendable, the takeaway message of this book is not. Despite his insistence that all animals are amazing, uniquely talented, and worthy of our respect, he is surprisingly insistent that they should, first and foremost, be entertaining to us. Zoos where animals have large enclosures-and the space to hide from prying humans eyes-are low in his estimation; he lauds SeaWorld and Barnum & Bailey's Circus as the venues that have the right idea by making animals perform for us. Has Morrone ever considered the possibility that nonhuman animals exist for their own purposes, and not ours? Probably not. For a man supposedly emotionally invested in the well-being of animals, he seems shockingly blithe about the inherent cruelty in his and related professions. (The one thing I give him credit for is his assertion that chimpanzees should stay out of the spotlight and should never be kept as pets. I wish I could say the same for the so many other species he breeds, trades, imports, or exports...)