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The Thoughtful Animal

The Thoughtful Animal

Exploring the evolution and architecture of the mind

Urban Wildlife in San Francisco Bay [PHOTOS]

Urban Wildlife in San Francisco Bay [PHOTOS]

I think that hanging out in a heavily touristed area of San Francisco’s Embarcadero means that these California sea lions – one mature individual and one pup – qualify as urban wildlife.

February 20, 2014 — Jason G. Goldman
Ethics at the Zoo: The Case of Marius the Giraffe

Ethics at the Zoo: The Case of Marius the Giraffe

Last weekend, a healthy juvenile male reticulated giraffe at the Copenhagen Zoo was killed. His name was Marius. The reason given was that his genes were already sufficiently represented in the giraffe population across the zoos of the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA) his brother lives in a zoo in England, for [...]

February 13, 2014 — Jason G. Goldman

Camera Trap Tuesday: Islands in Los Angeles

“Is Griffith Park an island?” That’s the question that Miguel Ordeana, a wildlife biologist at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles who also does field work in Nicaragua, wanted to know.

January 21, 2014 — Jason G. Goldman

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

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