Of Mice and Men

“Meaney pursued the question of individual differences by studying how the rearing habits of mother rats caused lifelong changes in their offspring. Research dating back to the 1950s had shown that rats handled by humans for as little as five to 15 minutes per day during their first three weeks of life grew up to […]

Exotic Meat

“It’s no surprise that in this information age, when consumers are able to be much more discerning than ever before, the demand for exotic meats is exploding. ExoticMeats.Com is part of a national market that has seen annual sales skyrocket from about $110 million to more than $340 million in only a few short years. […]

Views of Paradise

A World Atlas of the Artificial Environments of Zoological Gardens by Frederico Câmara “Zoological gardens were created for the appreciation of animals and plants foreign to Europe; brought from the colonial territories that were then considered exotic to European taste. They occupy an ambiguous position in society, as both a space of protection and a […]

Kenny

By Taryn Simon “White Tiger (Kenny) Selective Inbreeding, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and Foundation Eureka Springs, ArkansasIn the United States, all living white tigers are the result of selective inbreeding to artificially create the genetic conditions that lead to white fur, ice-blue eyes and a pink nose. Kenny was born to a breeder in Bentonville, […]

Speaking

“Vocal imitation has convergently evolved in many species, allowing learning and cultural transmission of complex, conspecific sounds, as in birdsong. Scattered instances also exist of vocal imitation across species, including mockingbirds imitating other species or parrots and mynahs producing human speech. Here, we document a male Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) that imitates human speech, matching […]

Of Worldliness and Being Otherwise

A Conversation with Elisabeth Grosz – Heather Davis “We are indeed one species among many millions of species. Mankind has relegated to itself the function of reigning over animals, harnessing them for human purposes, making the animal a different order than itself. I am not sure that the discourses on sustainability or environmentalism are any […]