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Jungle animals

It's been a week of young person's things labeled as representing "jungle".

According to a picture book, there are giraffes and elephants in the jungle.
According to a play session today, there are giraffes and brown bears in the jungle.
According to some new pyjamas, there are giraffes, hippopotamuses, and elephants in the jungle.

Perhaps "jungle" means "any place where large wild animals live which is not a zoo"? Whatever it means, it must include places where giraffes are found.

Misrepresentation at an early age may also explain widespread confusion later over geography and systematics.



Oct. 17th, 2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Have you noticed the Disney representation of Africa/India/any jungle you care to name?

I suspect "animals you are never likely to meet at home" = "jungle" for given values of all relevant vocabulary.