In 1827, Muhammad Ali of Egypt gave Charles X of France a giraffe as a gift. This book by Michael Allin describes the journey this giraffe took across the ocean and over two continents, as well as the history of the time period in which the giraffe lived.

Giraffes are my favorite animals, and while I'm not really a non-fiction and/or history fan, I am very intrigued by the culture of both Africa and France. Zarafa is interesting, short, and detailed, a unique read.

Peace, Aimee