Monthly Archives: December 2011

December 2011 — Animal News 2: Giggling Primates

Our primate ancestors have been laughing for 10 million years Study that involved tickling apes suggests laughter is not a uniquely human trait after all The first hoots of laughter from an ancient ancestor of humans rippled across the land … Continue reading

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December 2011 Animal News–1: Smithsonian National Zoo and Pandas

The Smithsonian National Zoological Park has announced a five-year, $4.5 million gift from David M. Rubenstein to help fund its panda program. The gift will be used to fund conservation efforts in China, reproductive science, professional training programs, giant panda … Continue reading

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Author Interview: Lisa Rogak, “Dogs of War”

The mission to capture Osama Bin Laden didn’t just include a few dozen Navy Seals. A dog named Cairo played an integral part. Military dogs are often equipped with an ear bud and camera in order to be the first … Continue reading

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Animals –They’re Smarter Than We Think, Part 1 of 3

Inside the Minds of Animals by Jeffrey Kluger (Reprinted with permission of Time magazine) Not long ago, I spent the morning having coffee with Kanzi. It wasn’t my idea; Kanzi invited me, though he did so in his customary clipped … Continue reading

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