This was a case of "it's not you, it's me."
There was nothing particularly wrong with the writing or the story, it just wasn't my cup of tea. There was some incredible imagery, but I found it disturbing rather than entertaining. I don't think my stomach can handle survival stories.
The beginning of the story read more like nonfiction than fiction with all it's detailed descriptions of animals and zoos. Some of it was interesting, but it's just not the type of stuff I want to read for entertainment.