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Myth: Animals Don’t Say Much

Are Animals Saying More Than We Think?

Woot, whup, arrrrrp! To the untrained ear, this typical whale ditty may sound more like an unintelligible frat chant than a formal dinner invitation. And yet, a growing body of research indicates that whales—and many other of our non-human brethren—have far more to say than we realize.

While yelps, tweets, and hoots do often sound like “blah, blah, blah,” you can thank self-aggrandizing social media chatter, not wildlife, for that! From giraffes’ moonlit melodies to whales with accents, we’ve rounded up some ear-opening intel on what different grunts, clicks, and howls could actually mean—and how that knowledge can in turn be used to improve wildlife conservation as a whole.

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Worldview: Animals Speak With Accents, Too!

Animal communication has been observed and documented for centuries, but we’ve only scratched the surface of understanding this complex world of grunts, barks, and howls.

Listen in as Bill Zeigler, senior vice president of Animal Programs at Brookfield Zoo dishes on the noisy world of animal talk—and how deciphering their languages can aid in conservation efforts.

*As part of our partnership with Chicago Public Media/Worldview, this content also appears on the WBEZ website.

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Wild Revelations 2: Simple Solutions

What does a true wildlife conservation rockstar think will make a difference in our quest to save the world? Hint: It’s simpler than you might think.

Stuart Strahl poses with a seal! He may have the coolest job ever... (Brookfield Zoo/CZS)
Stuart Strahl poses with a seal! He may have the coolest job ever… (Brookfield Zoo/CZS)

I had the amazing opportunity to find out how/why at the 2015 International Wildlife Conservation Expo, when I sat down with Stuart Strahl, PhD, president and CEO of Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo.

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Green Pups 101

Bringing Home Your Best Friend—Eco-friendly Edition

—by Jessica B. Turner, PhD candidate, West Virginia University

Dogs are (hu)man’s best friend, but getting one means you have to be ready for a fun, exhausting, and crazy transition…and if you’re like me, that includes keeping things earth-lovin’, too.

Having recently done the homework to prep for my own new pup—all 12 pounds of wrinkly, wobbly, under-foot, energetic love that he is—I’m pleased to share with you the quick scoop on easy green ways to welcome your new dog home.

Read on for a combination of DIY and ready-made ways to ready, set, green doggy’s homecoming, from toys to cleaning to potty-breaks.

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Wild Revelation: How to Break Through “Beariers”

—by Beth Kosson, EcoMyths Education and Outreach Director

I had some moments of transformative understanding this past weekend at the International Wildlife Conservation Expo. Moments that blew my mind, brought tears to my eyes and above all, changed what I thought I knew about wildlife conservation.

Hosted by the Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo (CZS), the Wildlife Conservation Network, and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, the day-long learn-fest had a star-studded line-up of conservation rockstars. I had the great fortune to sit down with two of them—Gary Wolfe, PhD, current staff member and former executive director of Vital Ground, and Stuart Strahl, PhD, president and CEO of CZS, who served up some conservation realness.