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Episode 566: The Zoo Economy

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Episode 566: The Zoo Economy

Episode 566: The Zoo Economy

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Bozie, a DC elephant, and Swarna, a recent arrival from Calgary, get to know each other. Gabrielle Emanuel/Gabrielle Emanuel hide caption

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Bozie, a DC elephant, and Swarna, a recent arrival from Calgary, get to know each other.

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Zoo animals are different than most possessions, because zoos follow a fundamental principle: You can't sell or buy the animals. It's unethical and illegal to put a price tag on an elephant's head.

Today on the show: What do you do in a world where you can't use money?

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