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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
Watch Me Talk Dolphin on @TakePartLive Tonight

Watch Me Talk Dolphin on @TakePartLive Tonight

I'll be on participating in a panel about dolphins, animals in captivity, and the award-winning documentary The Cove tonight. Catch it on Take Part Live on the Pivot channel at 9pm Pacific/12am Eastern...

October 30, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman

You Can Run But You Can’t Hide (From Predators)

Probably the worst thing to happen to you, if you’re an animal playing the game of life, is to be eaten by some bigger beast. If you’ve already managed to successfully reproduce by then, as far as evolution is concerned, maybe it’s OK for you to shuffle off that mortal coil...

October 29, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
The Birds in my Backyard

The Birds in my Backyard

I'm an animal behavior expert and I've lived in Los Angeles all my life. Why don't I know the birds in my backyard? In my latest piece, at Zocalo Public Square, I argue that I should know who my wildlife neighbors are, and that understanding our natural world can create a better human community, too...

October 22, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
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