Exploring Animal Lives Lecture Series
What do Dancing Bears, Performing Elephants, and Sacred Cows Have in Common?
Wildlife SOS! Founded in 1995 Wildlife SOS is one of the largest rescue and conservation charities in India. It works to protect animals and their habitats, resolve human-animal conflicts, study biodiversity, as well as to create alternative and sustainable livelihoods for communities that depend on wildlife for sustenance. Wildlife SOS conducts and assists research in veterinary areas, behavioral studies, reproductive physiology and other fields – in collaboration with national and international universities and organizations. Sacred cows, dancing bears, performing elephants and street-wise dogs are just some of the animals they help in New Delhi and in rural communities all over India. Wildlife SOS’s Co-Founders, Geeta Seshamani and Kartick Satyanarayan tell us about about their amazing work saving abandoned and abused animals, mitigating animal-human conflict, and providing necessary research for veterinary care in one of the most populous countries in the world.
Holding Up A Mirror: Male Elephants & Us
Elephants are being killed for their tusks and disappearing from East Africa at an alarming rate, in large part due to market pressures from the
Exploring Animal Minds Lecture Series
Animal Intelligence: How We Discover How Smart Animals Really Are
Scientists are finally discovering the cognitive basis of how animals think and why they behave as they do. But, just how do scientists make these
Horses: The Myths & Reality
Lecturers: Katherine Houpt, James Law Professor of Animal Behaviour, Cornell University Mara LeGrand, Director of Wildlife Horses in Winds Of Change Horses have been part of
Making It Work: Politics, Culture, and Morality in Apes
There remain few areas of social life where science has not uncovered major continuities between the behavior of humans and other primates, including politics, culture,
All Things Penguin
Penguins are one of the most iconic species in the world and one of the few birds that does not fly, making them one of
Speaking Up for Elephants
The world is facing a crisis with one of its most precious, charismatic and beloved resources. Elephants are being slaughtered and driven to extinction. The
Big Cats / Little Cats
Cats are the most enigmatic of our domesticated companion animals. Indeed, many people don’t think they are actually domesticated at all! What are they thinking
Do Animals Have Personality?
Curious or fearful, introverted or extroverted, negative or positive. These are all terms we might use to describe another human being’s personality. But what about
Eagles, Pigeons, Swine and Puppies: What people think about animal thinking
How do people think about animals thinking? The words we use about animals speaks a great deal about how we care, and what we are
Reflections On The Dolphin Mind
Dolphins are generally considered to be the second smartest animals on earth. They have a robust and multifaceted system of communications just as we do,
An Interview with Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin is one of the most recognizable names in the studies of animal behavior. She is a doctor of animal science and professor at
Communication: What can animals tell us?
All animals need to communicate, and the myriad ways that have evolved to do this are fascinating. In fact, we can learn a lot about
Who would have guessed that an animal that we take so for granted has such a rich a history with us, is so unique and
Sharing Emotional Worlds
If animals think, can we afford to say that they don’t feel or that they don’t have emotions? Utilizing sophisticated research methodologies, scientists have been able
So, You Think You Know Your Dog?
How much do we really understand about dogs? They’ve lived with us for millennia but we still don’t understand them as well as they understand
The ALEX Project: Learning From a Bird Brain
Before the ALEX Project we had no idea what went on inside of a parrot’s brain. ALEX and his teacher, scientist Irene Pepperberg changed the
Living in Alien Worlds
Animals experience their worlds in ways we cannot understand—with senses we have lost long ago or never had. They define their worlds with exquisite senses
Exploring Creative Minds
The traditional definition of creativity includes the ability to solve problems, the use of intuition and the evidence of insightful perception to reach a solution.
The question of animal sentience, self-awareness and intelligence would have been heresy in the scientific community 50 years ago when animals were considered mere automatons–their