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7 Things You Didn't Know About Red Pandas

Here’s one thing you already knew: red pandas are adorable. While they’re not domesticated and therefore are probably not suitable as pets, some people keep them as pets anyway – especially in Nepal and India – and upload their adorable hijinks to the internet for the world to see...

January 16, 2014 — Jason G. Goldman
Like The Honey Badger, Petting Zoo Animals Don’t Care

Like The Honey Badger, Petting Zoo Animals Don’t Care

Taken together, visitor behavior in the petting zoo just doesn't seem to matter all that much. And if positive interactive experiences with animals can lead visitors towards adopting a better attitude towards animal welfare and wildlife conservation, then petting zoos are probably worth keeping around...

January 9, 2014 — Jason G. Goldman
The Best Animal Stories of 2013

The Best Animal Stories of 2013

By Jason G. Goldman and Matt Soniak It should come as no surprise that we humans can be a bit confused when it comes to our relationship with other animals.

December 31, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Camera Trap Monday: Cross River Gorilla

Camera Trap Monday: Cross River Gorilla

Another day, another stunning camera trap photo. This one is of a silverback Cross River Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli), the rarest of the four gorilla subspecies, and it was taken in Nigera’s Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary...

December 30, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Photoblogging: Gorilla Through Glass

Photoblogging: Gorilla Through Glass

One of the main challenges with photographing the non-human animals at the zoo is shooting through glass. Sometimes you just can’t get an angle without any glare, but sometimes it doesn’t matter...

December 15, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
The Animal Lover’s Gift Guide

The Animal Lover’s Gift Guide

Two chimps had been shut out of their shelter by mistake during a cold rain storm. They were standing dejected, water streaming down their shivering bodies, when Professor Khler chanced to pass...

December 13, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman

Photoblogging: Muppet or Flamingo?

Sometimes, from just the right angle, a flamingo strongly resembles a muppet. Life imitates art, which imitates life. Photo taken July 14, 2013 at the San Diego Zoo with a Canon 60D and Canon 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 telephoto zoom lens...

December 8, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Photoblogging: The Giraffe is Not Impressed

Photoblogging: The Giraffe is Not Impressed

A Masai Giraffe lazily chews on some leaves at the San Diego Zoo. Photo taken July 14, 2013 at the San Diego Zoo with a Canon 60D and Canon 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 telephoto zoom lens.

December 1, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Nothing To Gobble At: Social Cognition in Turkeys

Nothing To Gobble At: Social Cognition in Turkeys

We tend to think of the domestic turkey as a fairly unintelligent bird, skilled at little more than waddling around, emitting the occasional gobble, and frying up golden-brown-and-delicious...

November 27, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman

Photoblogging: Lazy Hyena

A Sudanese Striped Hyena takes a nap at the San Diego Zoo. From the Thoughtful Animal Archives: Hyenas Give Up Eating Garbage for Lent, Hunt Donkeys Instead Silver Spoon Hyenas: Maternal Social Status Affects Male Reproductive Success Photo taken October 11, 2013 at the San Diego Zoo with a Canon 60D and Canon 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 [...]..

November 24, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman

Does Your Dog Love You Back?

You love your dog. Does your dog love you back? Is the love that an owner feels for her dog reciprocated? That's the question that a group of Swedish and Danish researchers wanted to answer...

November 21, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Man’s Best Friend or Oversized Rat?

Man’s Best Friend or Oversized Rat?

Here’s something curious. The phrase “man’s best friend” didn’t appear in print, according to Google’s n-grams, until after the year 1750.

November 20, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Photoblogging: Secretary Bird

Photoblogging: Secretary Bird

Photo taken October 11, 2013 at the San Diego Zoo with a Canon 60D and Canon 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 telephoto zoom lens.

November 17, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Photoblogging: Portrait of a Meerkat

Photoblogging: Portrait of a Meerkat

Meerkats are one of the few other species in the animal kingdom that has something close to human-like teaching. Read about it in an old piece of mine at BBC Future: Pay attention… time for lessons at animal school Photo taken October 11, 2013 at the San Diego Zoo with a Canon 60D and Canon [...]..

November 10, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
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