Friday Animal Blog
January 28, 2011
Zapped! Thatís what 2011 has done to me so far. The new year gifted me with a stubborn upper-respiratory virus, followed in short order by a sequence of energy-draining (though not serious) family calamities, imminent writing deadlines, and of course the new teaching semester.
Plus, itís (more…)
January 21, 2011
Normally, my beat is mammals: primates, elephants, cetaceans and others who share humansí taxonomic order. Doing research for a new book, though, I find myself reading more and more about the complex emotional lives of birds. This week I stumbled upon a new article by Wiebke Schuett, Sasha R.X. Dall, and Nick J. (more…)
January 14, 2011
Close encounters with vervet monkeys are a staple experience of tourists who stay at the grand lodges in African nature parks. These small, handsome green monkeys have a habit of darting up to poolside-dining tables and thieving food.
When I was monkey-watching in Kenya, my own experience in this regard was limited (after all, (more…)
January 7, 2011
A while ago, I decided I would start Friday Animal Blogís New Year with a focus on scientists who study domestic pigsí physiological responses to an enriched environment. The idea is to see if pigs who are offered cognitive challenges experience more positive emotions.
I really like the bringing together of scientific experiment and (more…)