All posts in Primates

Sarah Baeckler Davis, president & CEO of Project Chimps

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Sarah Baeckler Davis—a primatologist and lawyer who is president and CEO of Project Chimps, a relatively new chimpanzee sanctuary in Northern Georgia—discusses how, at eight years old, reading a book about Jane Goodall absolutely fascinated her, and she decided right then that she wanted to do the same kind of work. 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…

Carl Safina, author, scientist, MacArthur Fellow

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Dr. Carl Safina — a prize-winning author, scientist and MacArthur Fellow—discusses his new book, “Beyond Words: What Animals Think And Feel,” which in the broadest of strokes, involves three big sections, in which Safina is observing the behavior of elephants at Amboseli National Park, wolves in Yellowstone National Park and killer whales in the Pacific Northwest, alongside top experts who’ve worked in each of those areas for decades. Read more…

Harry Hmura, composer of “I Am, I Am”

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Harry Hmura —musician-composer whose album “I Am, I Am” integrates original songs and instrumental pieces with the vocalizations of great apes—discusses his formative years as a musician, including a pivotal backstage meeting with B. B. King as a 15-year-old and becoming the guitarist in James Cotton’s touring band at 21. Read more…

Dr. Vint Virga, veterinarian and animal behaviorist

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Dr. Vint Virga—veterinarian, animal behaviorist and author of “The Soul of All Living Creatures: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human”—explains how the anti-zoo view he held earlier in his career evolved into seeing zoos in a more positive light. Read more…