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Panel Discussion About The End Of Ringling

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For today’s edition of Talking Animals, I jettisoned the usual format and convened a panel discussion about the end of the Ringling Bros. circus. I was inspired to present the panel because I was struck by the array of reactions in the wake of the announcement by Feld Entertainment that it was shutting down the circus in May. Read more…

Tippi Hedren, actress & animal advocate

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Tippi Hedren—the actress and longtime animal advocate, who recently published her memoir, “Tippi: A Memoir”—discusses Shambala Preserve, her sanctuary for rescued lions, tigers and other big cats that she established in 1972, and where Hedren, now 86 years old, still lives. Read more…

Chris Hegedus, Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker

Filmmaker Chris Hegedus, co-director of UNLOCKING THE CAGE, a film by Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker. Courtesy of Pennebaker Hegedus Films/HBO. A First Run Features Release.

Chris Hegedus—co-director of the new documentary, “Unlocking The Cage”—explains the criteria she and her partner of 40 years, D.A. Pennebaker, use when deciding on the films to make, an eclectic body of work that includes the Oscar-nominated “The War Room,” which examined Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, and 2009’s “Kings of Pastry,” providing a front-row seat as 16 pastry chefs create sweet concoctions in competition for a prize in Les Meilleurs Ouvriers de France. Read more…

Caitlin O’Connell, elephant researcher

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Caitlin O’Connell—one of the elephant experts featured in “Mind of a Giant,” a Nat Geo Wild documentary special premiering June 19—recalls how she did not grow up with a particular fascination or love for elephants, noting her earlier academic work was in entomology. Read more…

Dr. Lori Marino, founder of the Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy

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Dr. Lori Marino—founder and executive director of the Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy, as well as a neuroscientist and expert in animal behavior and intelligence—explains exactly what a neuroscientist is, and how that academic orientation informs her thinking about animal behavior as opposed to, say, an animal behaviorist without that scientific training. Read more…