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    Bud DeYoung

ISBN: 9781605426372

It’s a Wild Life: How My Life Became a Zoo

by: Bud DeYoung

With Cindy Martinusen Coloma

Pursuing your passion includes a whole lot of crap. For Bud DeYoung, that’s about two hundred pounds a day!

Since childhood, Bud had a passion for animals. As an adult, that passion led to the rescue of a bear who lived in his family’s house, then more animals crowding for space, until Bud eventually built an entire private zoo around his home in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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Since childhood, Bud DeYoung had a passion for animals. At the young age of eight, he brought kids home from school to see his little zoo. When Bud was fifteen, he traded the family beagle for a monkey. This was the beginning. Today on his own property in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Bud runs a zoo that has been open to the public since 1988 and is featured in a television series called My Life Is a Zoo on Nat Geo WILD. Along with “Big Cat” Carrie, Bud cares for over two hundred happy critters, from Bengal tigers to arctic wolves to a very hungry hippo named Wallace. Together Bud and Carrie educate the public about animal conservation, battle harsh winters and blazing summers, and daily dole out love to the hundreds of animals in their care. Through Bud and Carrie’s daily sacrifice, animals find rescue, people are inspired, and Bud DeYoung and Carrie Cramer know the fulfillment of living and building upon their dreams. You can visit Bud and Carrie at The DeYoung Family Zoo in Wallace, Michigan.
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2015 BEVERLY HILLS INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS Non-fiction category winner 

Pursuing your passion includes a whole lot of crap. For Bud DeYoung, that’s about two hundred pounds a day!

Since childhood, Bud had a passion for animals. As an adult, that passion led to the rescue of a bear who lived in his family’s house, then more animals crowding for space, until Bud eventually built an entire private zoo around his home in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Along the way, a regular visitor named Carrie joined her passion for animals with Bud’s. Together they now educate the public about animal conservation, battle the harsh winters and blazing summers, and daily dole out love to the hundreds of rescued animals in their care. Meanwhile, they teach by example how to make the world a better place while pursuing their passion.

Welcome to the fascinating, heartwarming journey of one man, one woman, and an amazing cast of critters, whose stories will warm your soul. Welcome to the wild life of the DeYoung Family Zoo.

 

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ISBN: 9781605426372
Publisher: Medallion Press Inc.
Publish Date: 2014
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“I couldn’t put DeYoung’s book down and was even a bit sad when I turned the last page. I will definitely be telling all my friends to read It's a Wild Life: How My Life Became a Zoo.” ~D. Bettenson, DBettenson New Book Reviews

“Thank you, Bud DeYoung, for letting me into your fascinating . . . life. Your downhome-style account touchingly covers how and why your life became a zoo and will tug at the heart of every animal lover.” ~ Jennifer Keats Curtis (www.jenniferkeatscurtis.com), award-winning children's author of the Animal Helpers series, speaker, and founder of MY-Say

“This is a must-read, inspirational account for any animal lover. I hope there is a second edition in a couple of years so that we can catch up with the characters introduced in this book and understand the ongoing fortunes of this very special zoo.” ~ LibraryThing Reviews