Cover_large web“Zooburbia is what I call the extraordinary, unruly, half-wild realm where human and animal lives overlap. While zooburbia is a physical place—the cities and suburbs where our paths cross with those of other species—it’s also a state of mind, the part of our psyches where animals reside, in all their many complications and contradictions.” —From Zooburbia: Meditations On The Wild Animals Among Us

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Praise for Zooburbia

Wise, witty, compelling, and true, each of these closely observed essays is a perfect gem! Thank you, Tai Moses, for showing us the blessings our animal teachers give us in wild abundance, right in our own backyards.” —Sy Montgomery, The Good Good Pig and Journey of the Pink Dolphins

Zooburbia has the power to quietly change the way you see the world. On every page, Tai Moses offers readers a way to reinterpret the ordinary, revealing that the world we humans have built is an even stranger place than we imagined, yet she reminds us of the beauty that lies beneath our human bumbling. This is a strange and beautiful book—a book about animals that is really a book about being a person.” —Robert Jensen, Arguing for Our Lives

“In Zooburbia, Tai Moses writes with great power and imagination about an urban wildlife corridor where humans and animals overlap. This is a poetics of suburbia—of animals flying above us, sharing our houses, gardens and streets. Zooburbia will delight readers who love language and stay with them long after they’ve finished reading.” —Thaisa Frank, Enchantment and Heidegger’s Glasses

“I would buy this lovely book for the sentiments, for the illustrations, and for this sentence alone: ‘The mole is the most misunderstood of animals. Living alone in the gloom of darkness, unsociable and virtually sightless, the mole never gets a chance to set the record straight.’” —Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, When Elephants Weep and Dogs Never Lie About Love

“With moving anecdotes and incisive knowledge Tai Moses uncovers the natural world within our urban landscape. What a relief for us city dwellers, to know that wilderness is all around, resilient and beautiful, if only we would peer a little closer. After reading Zooburbia I see my back garden anew, as not just a place for me, but a haven and a home to insects, birds, raccoons and possums. This book is a delight.” —Caroline Paul, Lost Cat

“Meet your neighbors! Zooburbia serves as a fine introduction to some of the most interesting creatures you’re likely to encounter.” —Bill McKibben, Eaarth and The End of Nature

“While Zooburbia shares an extraordinary glimpse into the natural world, it even more brilliantly gives you insight into the human condition, and through the eyes, mind, and heart of one of the most thoughtful, passionate, and perceptive humans you will ever encounter.” —Thom Hartmann, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight

Zooburbia is a loving encounter between an animal adventure story, a Buddhist scripture, and Winnie the Pooh that serves to remind us we are among sentient beings here on Earth.” —Chellis Glendinning, My Name Is Chellis and I’m in Recovery from Western Civilization


“In over 30 beautifully written, thoughtful essays, Moses reflects on the wonder and abundance of urban wildlife.” —Robin Lamont, Our Hen House (read the review)

“Moses captures ‘the human desire to form an emotional bond with other creatures’ and its nuanced shades of both glory and misery.” —Publisher’s Weekly (read the review)

“This is the memoir of a writer who has put real thought into how she relates to the natural world.” —Foreword (read the review)

“Moses’ gift is to make the reader think about the animals in our own lives.” — Animal Sheltering (read the review)

“Her little stories have a way of opening out into a larger narrative stream and touching on matters of universal resonance.” —Rebecca Taksel, Redwood Coast Review (read the review)

What readers are saying:

  • “A beautifully written homage to our wild brethren. I cried, I laughed, I didn’t want to stop reading.” —Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
  • “No book has ever shifted my awareness and the way I see the world around me as Zooburbia has done.” —Katie Bowen
  • “After reading Zooburbia, I’m just a little more awake, a little more in awe of ecosystems large and small, a little more human.” —Sheana Ochoa
  • “I will never look at a rodent, a goldfish, a bird’s nest, in quite the same way.…Every chapter is like a snack for the mind and soul.” —Eugene Ferriter
  • “A must read, for any human with a heart.” —Valerie Ross