Zoo Man

By Tim Jones

About Author


Writer Specializing in
Reptiles and the Old West

Richard Lapidus has been a teacher, a businessman and an award-winning writer.  He is passionate about reptiles and the old west.  He currently has four books, with more on the way.  His articles have appeared in national magazines, major newspapers, history and college journals, and in books by other authors.  He has lectured at schools, parks, clubs, museums and in private homes. Richard Lapidus is a former vice president of The Western Outlaw-Lawman Association (WOLA).  He is a proud member of the Western Writers of America.



by Tim Jones

When Tim Jones asked me to help him with his life story, I was crazy excited.  Tim is one of the most important zoo men in the history of American zoos.  His dangerous and hilarious adventures with animals in and out of zoos are fun and informative.  Tim was acquainted with all the great zoo men of his era, the 1950s through the 1980s.  When I first met Tim he complained to me that he sounded like a country boy, and maybe readers wouldn’t like that.  “Are you out of your mind?” I asked. “People love Will Rogers and Mark Twain, don’t they?  I know I do!”  Turns out that Tim Jones is the most natural (and funniest) storyteller I’ve ever known.  Having worked on this book with Tim, I now have a little problem.  At any time of day or night, I break out laughing at the thought of one of his tales.

Zoo Man has over 100 short, snappy stories, filled with every emotion from hysteria to terror, about what goes on behind the scenes at zoos and it tells the story of Tim Jones’s Texas-sized life.

Warm campfires,
Richard Lapidus

Large 8 ½ X 11-inch paperback
Over 100 photos
197 pages
Glossary includes letters from Kauffeld, Conant, Laszlo, Haast and many other greats



Richard Lapidus has given reptile talks to a great variety of groups, clubs, schools, and parks.

He has done a national radio interview, and has appeared on local television news in Tucson, Arizona.

For nine years he served as master of ceremonies of a major western book event in Willcox, Tombstone and Tucson, Arizona.

He has done book signings in book stores, at speaking engagements and at other events.

Interested in having Richard speak to your group or do a book signing?