FF Fiona Fiskin
1960 – Present. VARIOUS EDITORS. International Zoo Yearbook. 48 Volumes.KEY TO EDITORS***
A well established and much respected medium for the exchange of information amongst zoos. The first editors were Dr. Desmond Morris and Caroline Jarvis. The basic format was established from the very first volume. Each volume is divided into three sections (Specialist Subject, New Developments in the Zoo World (or suchlike titles), and a general reference section). The Special Subjects have occasionally been revisited after an interval of several years. For many years the Yearbook was available in both hardbound and paperback versions but is now no longer offered in hardback, and the price (£164 for the latest edition) means it is an expensive purchase out of reach of many of the people who would enjoy and benefit from it. Its claim to be an indispensable reference book for 'much data unobtainable elsewhere' is indisputable, but later editions of the Yearbook have drifted away from the ‘annual review of zoos’ concept, containing far fewer articles about new developments in the zoo world, and have dropped the annual breeding lists and ‘Census of Rare Animals in Captivity’ that, for many subscribers, were two of the most interesting features. At the same time the books have steadily become more technical and consequently do not make such interesting reading as once they did. It is sad to witness the much loved IZYB become just another scientific journal. Volumes 1 & 2 and 5–39 were published by the Zoological Society of London as a non-profit service to zoos around the world (volumes 3 & 4 were published for the ZSL by Hutchinson & Co. Ltd., London); since volume 40 the books have been published on behalf of the ZSL by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, an academic publishing house based in Oxford. Volumes 1-7, 9-13 and 43 are out-of-print, but second-hand copies can sometimes be found. All editions are also available online for a fee.
* The year the book was first published, not necessarily the same as that printed on the spine or front cover.
** Not yet published.
BS Benedicte SommerfeltCJ Caroline Jarvis
DM Desmond Morris
JL Joseph Lucas
NDH Nicole Duplaix-Hall
PE Pat Ellis
PO Peter Olney
(***From Vol. 39, the position has been known as Managing Editor.)