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Your Inner Zoo: A Guide to the Meaning of Animals & the Insights They Offer Us

Your Inner Zoo: A Guide to the Meaning of Animals & the Insights They Offer Us

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How can animals—through their natural and cultural histories—offer us ideas that could help us better understand ourselves, navigate a relationship, or change an aspect of our lives? Do the animals that we admire or fear reveal something about us? What about the animals who appear in our dreams, visions, and creative inspirations? These are some of the questions addressed in Belinda Recio’s new book, Your Inner Zoo: A Guide to the Meaning of Animals and the Insights They Offer Us.

Part animal symbolism dictionary, part field guide, and part meditation on how animals help us to understand ourselves and the world, Recio wrote Your Inner Zoo to help readers develop a “zoology of the self”—a sense of how animals live within us as ideas and insights, intuitions, and instincts.

Interweaving natural history and with animal symbolism, metaphors, folktales, and traditions, Your Inner Zoo invites readers to approach animals as sources of wisdom, perspectives, and provocative ideas that can lead to self-discovery and a deeper connection with the more-than-human world.

Illustrated throughout with original color artwork by the author and stunning photography, Your Inner Zoo helps readers to recognize how much animals have contributed to the way we see ourselves and the world.

“This is a wonderful book! It’s full of delightful natural history nuggets combined with original insights. Your Inner Zoo helps us see that animal inspiration is all around us, showing us grace and beauty, compassion and wisdom, humor and courage. Everyone I know will love this.”
—Sy Montgomery, author of the national bestselling  HOW TO BE A GOOD CREATURE and other books

Published by Skyhorse (January 11, 2022)
Hardcover: ‎408 pages
Item Weight: ‎2.11 pounds
Dimensions: ‎6 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
Full color throughout

About the Author
Belinda Recio is a recipient of the Humane Society’s Award for Innovation in the Study of Animals and Society. She has developed award‑winning science curricula for educational television, museums, publishers, and toy companies. Her books have been published by Dutton, Discovery Channel, Fairwinds, Gibbs Smith, Running Press, The Nature Company, and Skyhorse. Belinda also writes the “State of the Ark” column on animals for Organic Spa Magazine and runs True North Gallery in Massachusetts, where she exhibits art that connects people with animals and nature. 



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