‘A superb read … brilliantly chronicles the incredible passion, poignancy, and nail-biting excitement in pulling off one of the most inspiring animal rescue stories of all time.’ Graham Spence, co-author of Babylon’s Ark, The Elephant Whisperer and Saving the Last Rhinos‘ One of those rare, true stories that gives a voice to the people swept up in events larger than themselves … If I had not seen it with my own eyes, I wouldn’t believe any of it either.’ Lieutenant Colonel William Sumner, U.S. Army As the world watched engrossed or outraged by the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, abandoned, caged animals near Baghdad’s iconic crossed-swords dehydrated towards death. Through a rout of the Fedayeen militia in that leafy city park, American soldiers unknowingly triggered Baghdad Zoo’s bizarre and unlikely revival. Coincidentally, in a South African game reserve, an irrational scheme to find precisely that zoo had already started. The desperation of tigers, lions and a pelican mobilised compassionate soldiers, Iraqi volunteers and stubborn foreigners to improvise audacious rescues across the city. Abandoned palace menageries, Green Zone politicking, raw violence, Saddam Hussein’s stolen Arabian horses, wounded bears and checkpoint puppies spiralled the recovery into animal welfare theatre. The Accidental Invasion of Baghdad Zoo is not just a zoo story. Immerse yourself into an unshackled post-invasion Baghdad through uplifting successes, brutality and comedy, Iraqi hospitality and American adventurism, animal lust and unshakable camaraderie.