Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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Marc Bekoff Ph.D.
These adorable, compact, and muscular marsupials drop cubed poops and use their well-endowed backsides in many different situations, including foreplay.
A new book stresses the critical importance of zoo veterinarians in times of global ecological crisis and in an increasingly "zoo-ified" world.
In her seminal book, "Impersonating Animals: Rhetoric, Ecofeminism, and Animal Rights," S. Marek Muller writes on species, race, gender, sexuality, ability, and social justice.
A new book explains why laws ostensibly designed to protect animals in zoos often do nothing of the sort.
Award-winning author Dale Peterson offers a fascinating spectrum of historical and geographical perspectives about these magnificent, intelligent, and emotional beings.
Citizen science can help us understand the various ways dogs react to "faceless humans." Pilot data show large individual differences and no one-size-fits-all explanations.
An interview with goat expert, Susan Weaver, about her new book in which she discusses these smart, curious, gentle, and social animals, who also display unique personalities.
New research clarifies various aspects of how dogs and cats communicate with us, and encourages us to think about what we know and don't know.
Data show that killing for fun and profit isn't conservation, but rather is responsible for putting some of the world’s most threatened species on a fast track to extinction.
An interview with Robert Wintner about his new film, "The Dark Hobby", that focuses on an aquarium trade with no catch limits and the devastation of coral reefs.
Larophile Marianne Taylor writes about these remarkably adaptable, misunderstood, and exploited birds who are devoted mates, dedicated parents, and extremely creative survivors.
An interview with wolf expert Rick McIntyre about his riveting book on the most famous pack in Yellowstone, the Druids, and its brave, playful, and devoted leader.
An interview with filmmaker Gorman Bechard about "Seniors a Dogumentary," in which we learn about the remarkable cognitive and emotional lives and personalities of elder canines.
Dr. Pim Martens, founder of AnimalWise, writes about his unique book "Sustanimalism" in which he argues that animal welfare should be central in sustainability debates.
Dogs, like many other animals, can suffer from cognitive decline. Here's a guide to some symptoms, how it's diagnosed, and how it can be treated.
A new book considers Bergh's seminal contributions, and the roles of sentience, speciesism, and human exceptionalism in animal-rights debates.
A guest essay by bird expert Dr. Wenfei Tong about her new fascinating new book, "Understanding Bird Behavior: An Illustrated Guide to What Birds Do and Why."
A wide-ranging interview with UCLA's Daniel Blumstein about his new book that discusses the ancient roots of fear, its costs and benefits, and where future research should focus.
When dogs play, they relax, have fun, and play fair. Data show that they share what they want using clear signals that communicate intentions and expectations.
Helen Scales's new book reveals fishes in full glory, animals who shout with colors, dance, cheat (and say sorry afterwards), and swim across ocean basins without getting lost.
Separating what we know from what we think we know is essential for improving the lives of dogs and the different types of relationships they form with other dogs and with humans.
To answer this question reliably, it's essential to take each individual dog's point of view by considering what's happening in their head and heart, not simply in our own.
An interview with the writer of the riveting essay, "I Was a Journalist Who Reported on Captive Animals — Then I Became One."
Research and citizen science clearly show dogs don't routinely try to take advantage of us—it's not an innate predisposition. This and other myths must be put to rest forever.
An interview with Lori Gruen and Fiona Probyn-Rapsey about a new book linking ways in which "gender and animal rights activism are associated with sentiment and, often, insanity."
As animals come to town in the Anthropause, compassionate conservation, conservation psychology, and personal rewilding offer positive leads for friendly future encounters.
An interview with psychologist and climate warrior Margaret Klein Salamon, who helps us face the painful truths of the climate emergency and turn despair into effective action.
A new short film reveals the mistreatment and inhumane separation of dairy cows and their children.
Deep thinking has yielded fruitful discussions about what we know, don't know, or can't ever truly know, and how to comfort dogs when they need us.
Pandemic puppies are all the rage, and ample science clearly shows they need a lot of positive socialization and understanding to become resilient, well-adjusted adult dogs.
Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.