Punch,  25 (1853), 257.

The Fashionable Zoological Star



Essay, Drollery; Illustration, Drollery

Relevant illustrations:



W, pseud.  [Henry R Howard] *


Zoological Gardens, Amusement, Animal Behaviour, Race

    Discusses the attempt by the Zoological Society Gardens to attract more visitors by displaying such 'Star' exhibits as the hippopotamus and 'a whole forest-full of humming birds'. Insists that the 'Star-system' will not be 'so ruinous here as at most places of entertainment', since these stars are not paid except for board and lodging. Details the appearance and behaviour of the latest attraction at the gardens: the giant anteater. The illustration shows a man entering the gardens offering 'some new laid Ants' Eggs for the Mummy-Cough-Ague Jewbeater', a reference to the Latin name of anteater, Myrmecophaga jubata.

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