Read my latest article “Where Are Zoos Going—or Are They Gone?“–just published in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science.
Last month, a team of six Japanese and one German scientist released a paper in the free online prepress server bioRxiv suggesting that a small reef fish called a cleaner wrasse had self-awareness because it passed what’s called a “mirror test.” The mirror test involves marking an animal’s face before introducing it to a mirror. […]
It’s easier to accept that elephants, dolphins, wolves, and dogs have personalities. What’s surprising — until you make individual acquaintances — is how deep and widespread the phenomenon of personality is. When you work with hawks, say, you see that each responds a little differently, each hunts a bit differently. I define personality as individually […]
A handy guide to the words you need to know to talk about the ways animals think and feel. Try to discuss non-human animals’ thoughts or emotions, and you quickly run into trouble. The main problem: there are no widely agreed-to definitions of things like consciousness or sentience. So people talk past each other. Often, people […]
Why the social brain is the most intelligent brain Dolphins and humans have not shared a common ancestor for tens of millions of years. Yet for all the seeming estrangement of lives lived in liquid, when they see us they often come to play, and we can recognize in those eyes that someone very special is […]
We are watching “elephants,” true enough. But I realize, embarrassed, that I know nothing of how these beings live, of who they are. I scarcely know what it means to be “watching elephants.” Cynthia Moss knows, because she’s been here, watching, for forty years—more time than any other human has ever watched elephants. “When you […]