A SPECIAL NINE-PART SERIES BY THOMAS FRENCH
Chapter 1
  • THE NEW WORLD
    As calves growing up in Africa, the elephants survived the slaughter of their families. Now, facing another death sentence, they are loaded onto a 747 headed for Florida. [Audio version]
Chapter 2
  • ORPHANS
    At Lowry Park, a keeper stays through the night with the elephants, watching for clues into how they’re adjusting to their first days in captivity. Others fight to save an abandoned baby manatee, bottle-feeding him in their arms. [Audio version]
Chapter 3
  • IMPERFECT LOVE
    The queen of the zoo spurns another suitor, even as her endangered species approaches extinction. The king, old and vulnerable after an upbringing among humans, clings to his throne. [Audio version]
Chapter 4
  • WILD
    On a rain-drenched river, experts pursue one of Lowry Park’s most beloved manatees as he swims toward freedom. At the zoo, in an elaborate display of technology, specialists from Berlin attempt to impregnate a female elephant. [Audio version]
Chapter 5
  • SEX-POWER-STATUS
    Two Sumatran tigers circle in a potentially lethal mating dance.
    Lowry Park’s CEO — the true alpha — maps the zoo’s future. [Audio version]
Chapter 6
  • THE HUMAN EXHIBIT
    Alpha humans, in tuxes and gowns, slip through the zoo after dark for a late-night encounter with the elephants. Lowry Park goes into overdrive for the grand unveiling of a continent. [Audio version]
Chapter 7
  • THE CITY & THE FOREST
    A handful of Lowry Park’s creatures journey to Manhattan to appear on late-night TV. A keeper wades into the Panamanian jungle in search of an endangered species. Back at the zoo, the staff is caught off guard by a momentous birth. [Audio version]
Chapter 8
  • CODE ONE
    An exodus of keepers raises questions about Lowry Park’s direction. A coup is attempted against the king. [Audio version]
Chapter 9
  • DUSK
    An overlooked detail leads to one of the worst days in Lowry Park’s history. The staff looks for answers. Back in Africa, so does the family that lives among the elephants of Swaziland. [Audio version]
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