Elephants are among the most intelligent, emotionally intricate species. They exist in complex social structures – each one serving a role within the larger group. Gerry believes that watching these animals – the way in which they live, care for each other, form relationships and teach the next generation – can reveal to us what it means to be human.
Raised By the Zoo is Gerry Creighton’s heart-warming and colourful memoir of a life spent in Dublin Zoo – a place with fond memories for every family in the country. Filled with a lively cast of the zoo’s inhabitants, including Lucy the Chimp and Upali the Elephant, it captures a pivotal period in Dublin Zoo’s history, as it became a world-leading centre of education, and underscores the importance of animal and environmental conservation efforts around the world.
Gerry Creighton was operations manager and elephant keeper at Dublin Zoo for thirty-six years and the face of RTÉ’s popular series The Zoo. He is now a public speaker and consults for zoos and wildlife parks around the world on best-practice elephant conservation and research. He lives in Dublin with his family.