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Following his release, he did his best to reform the system of government by making it less cruel and corrupt. Wen’s zoo covered , acres ( ha). He called it the Ling-Yu, which means Garden of Intelligence, or Garden for the Encouragement of Knowledge. His garden was walled and it contained deer, antelope, and birds that were possibly peafowl, as well as a pond fi lled with fish. Visitors were meant to contemplate the animals and consider philosophical questions concerning them. The garden had its own keepers and persons to provide veterinary care.
Aristotle had many interests, but he devoted a great deal of his time to natural history. He established a zoo at the Lyceum, stocking it with animals captured during Alexander’s Asian campaigns, and he studied the natural history of Lesbos as well as of adjacent areas and the surrounding seas. Aristotle broke from the Platonic way of thinking. Plato had emphasized the primacy of ideas over observation, which he considered illusory. Aristotle emphasized careful observation. His studies of animals involved dissection.
He was highly intelligent, sponsoring scientific research and expanding the large library at Alexandria, the capital of Ptolemaic Egypt. Ptolemy II maintained a magnificent court and gave displays of his immense wealth. He also supported a large collection of animals. These were used in religious processions, according to Greek custom. To celebrate his coronation, Ptolemy arranged a procession through Alexandria. . and long after the event, described the procession. First there were groups of men honoring several gods, culminating in the procession for Dionysus.
Amphibians by Ted O'Hare