ZOO is a film about the zoo in Miami, Florida, the care and maintenance of the animals by the keepers, the work of the veterinarians and their staff, and the visits to the zoo by people from all over the world. The film presents the wide diversity of interests and activities at the zoo and the interrelatedness of the animal, human, ethical, financial, technical, organizational and research aspects of operating the zoo.
ZOO is a brooding, poignant, poetic consideration of nothing less than the human condition… The awe and wonder and the gratitude we all feel is up there on the screen, but it is humbling, because as Rabbi Wiseman shows us, we are not adequate to be keepers, no matter how hard we may try or how fervently we may pray for help and guidance.
–David R. Slavitt, Chronicles
Zoo visitors busily photograph, videotape, and peer through various ocular apparatuses as if they couldn’t see without them; the dedicated, caring staff assiduously records every aspect of their animal charges’ lives, loves, and deaths.
–Melissa Pierson, Vogue