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Marc Bekoff Ph.D.
Reptiles have been often dismissed as dull animals with tiny brains and simple asocial lives. A new book dispels these and many other myths and shows they're not "easy pets."
Among many pieces of good advice, Dr. Carri Westgarth argues that rather than trying to punish bad behavior, it is kinder and more effective to reward the good behavior.
A new collection of photographs showcases non-humans who are forced to adapt to a wide variety of human-dominated environments.
New research shows that vocalizations are a mode of play signaling across different species, are similar to laughter, and can explain how a play mood is maintained.
A new book "The State of the Apes," another on animal perception, the rehabilitation of "bile bears," and two essays on elephants offer deep reflections on human-animal relations.
Ann Benvenuti's new book is a celebration both of humans who love animals and of the animals we love. It shows the ways in which we and other animals feel and think are similar.
"The Natural Dog" takes a holistic approach and shows how to create a safe and emotionally supportive environment while teaching your dog to thrive in a human-oriented world.
A new fact-filled book called "Super Fly" shows why flies—complex and wonderful beings who play many critical roles in diverse ecosystems—deserve respect for who they truly are.
Award-winning journalist J.B. MacKinnon, using a large dataset and information from his global travels, explains how reducing consumerism can save the environment and ourselves.
Data show committed meat-eaters struggle to endorse policies to change or ban factory farming, even after being informed about the risks of factory farms in the spread of disease.
Dogs have good and bad days, and trigger stacking—accumulated stress—may be one of the main causes of their annoying, atypical, yet easy-to-understand “outbursts.”
Research shows that human behavior is largely responsible for the alarming increase in lethal zoonotic diseases that jump the species barrier from nonhuman animals to humans.
Through intimate encounters with so-called "food animals," master filmmaker Viktor Kossakovsky "reminds of the inherent value of life and the mystery of animal consciousness."
Recent research shows no difference in the age of puppy training and the later development of behavior problems and that grumpy dogs can be pretty smart.
A fascinating new book offers a collection of true stories about the science of animal empathy, altruism, and shared emotions that inspire us to reflect on our own human nature.
Do dogs really enjoy jumping off of cliffs or out of planes with humans, or do they do these sorts of things simply because the humans take them along for the ride?
Knowing how dogs and their humans feel about engaging in different activities is critical for ensuring each is getting what they want and need in the least stressful way possible.
Animal doctors interact with patients who don't speak their language and must become multilingual so they can learn as much as possible about what animals are telling them.
These free-ranging dogs have attracted worldwide attention and aren't a nuisance, but rather important members of diverse local communities.
A new film series shows "whales making lifelong friendships, teaching clan heritage and traditions to their young and grieving deeply for the loss of loved ones."
In her thoughtful book, "The New Breed," robot ethics expert Kate Darling argues that treating robots more like the way we treat animals will serve us better.
It's okay for scientists to use words such as emotion, compassion, and heart. Successful conservation goes beyond their being worried that emotions "get in the way."
A new book offers a detailed summary of Bhutan's commitment to safe, compassionate approaches to human-wildlife conflict.
When myths about how dogs "should" behave are presented as facts and used to inform people about what's "good" or "bad" about their dog or themselves, it's a loss for all.
A collection of essays by award-winning author David Brooks considers how private and public conversations about animals reflect older and deeper attitudes toward them and us.
Here's what Melanie Challenger had to say about her landmark work, "How to Be Animal: A New History of What It Means to Be Human."
Justice for all may be possible when material culture is replaced by a community-based planetary culture.
A new book explains everything you wanted to know about these tiny complex conquerors who build megacities, wage wars, use vaccinations, and outnumber us one million to one.
Peter Wohlleben's new book shows how deeply appreciating roots and trees—and gently touching and respecting them—is good for them and good for us.
Social relationships among female giraffes manage "competition, predation, disease risk and psychosocial stress" and are more important for longevity than are ecological variables.
Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.