Spotted Hyenas: Gender Bending, Enchanting, Formidable

8/1/2014 They crunch bones like popcorn. The females sport pseudo-penises. And the people who study these animals just adore them. A tour of the hidden life of the spotted hyena. By Vicki Croke They can crunch bone, one researcher says, like popcorn. The females have penises (technically “pseudo-penises”), which become erect with excitement, and through … Continue reading Spotted Hyenas: Gender Bending, Enchanting, Formidable

Animals Do Have Emotions, But What Should We Call Them?

8/28/2014 We share a lot with other animals—emotionally, cognitively, and neuro-chemically—but many humans still use outdated linguistic distinctions that put animals in their (allegedly inferior) place. By Vicki Croke Humans speak. Animals vocalize. We love. They bond. We form friendships, they maintain social bonds. We feel jealous. They resource guard. We have sex, they copulate. … Continue reading Animals Do Have Emotions, But What Should We Call Them?

The Half-Captive, Half-Wild Elephants Of Myanmar: A Quirky Road To Survival

11/12/14 Have Myanmar's highly endangered Asian elephants been saved in a counter-intuitive way —in part, by keeping them employed in logging camps? By Vicki Croke As President Obama touches down in Myanmar today and many people talk of human rights and democratic reform, conservationists also see an urgent agenda: the future of elephants. Here is … Continue reading The Half-Captive, Half-Wild Elephants Of Myanmar: A Quirky Road To Survival