From the Central Series
Chapter By Chapter Summary
Chapter One: A Dream Come True
Chapter Two: Trouble at the Zoo
Chapter Three: Instincts
Chapter Four: Trouble at Home
Chapter Five: Detective Work
Chapter Six: The Black Market
Chapter Seven: A Stranger in the Shadows
Chapter Eight: Secrets
Chapter Nine: Planning a Stakeout
Chapter Ten: Danger at the Monkey House
Chapter Eleven: A Reunion
Chapter Twelve: The Whole Story
Discusses the Cincinnati Zoo during the Great Depression. Topics covered:
- How people looked forward to reading articles about the Zoo, rather than reading about the Depression and workers that would lose their jobs.
- Events people might have experienced at the Zoo, such as the animal exhibits, plays, and operas, or entertainment such as concerts and picnics.
- The zoo's monkey house, which had been the home of Susie, a wild-born gorilla that was captured in Africa as a baby, displayed in Europe, and then flown over to America.
- Sol Stephan, who was not only dedicated to the Cincinnati Zoo, but had also believed that animals should be trained with established trust rather than with whips and fear.
- Sol Stephan's contributions to the Zoo, such as inviting schoolchildren from public schools to study animals and establishment of the Zoo Guides program for the Boy Scouts
- The prediction Sol Stephan had about cageless exhibits being the norm for zoos in the future, stating these exhibits were both visually attractive and good for the animals.