Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor : The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez

Joan Procter, Dragon DoctorJoan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez; illustrated by Felicita Sala. 2018. Published by Alfred A. Knopf.

Brief summary: Joan Procter did not have the usual tea parties with girlfriends and dolls; she had them with reptiles. She even took a crocodile to school. She was hired as the assistant to the curator of the London’s Natural History Museum and inherited the position after he retired. She designed the London Zoo’s Reptile House updating it to be more of the reptiles’ natural habitat. After receiving two Komodo dragons who arrived sick, she nursed them back to good health. They became a hit at the zoo in 1927 being the first live specimens to arrive in Europe. Ms. Procter was often seen with one of them named Sumbawa walking beside her as a pet as she did her strolls through the zoo.

Comments: Whoa! Walking with a komodo throughout the zoo?  I would love to have seen a photo of that in this book! Brief bio sketch in the back with a bibliography. I would share this with any young reptile lovers.

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