Time 100 Animals

In case you missed it, Time magazine recently published its first-ever list of the year’s 100 most influential animals. Absurd? Maybe. Probably. But that doesn’t mean it’s not awesome. As one who studies the history of animals for a living, I welcome any effort to shed light on our complicated relationship with other creatures. Especially since those efforts Read More …

“Wild Horses on Core Island” (1946)

Title: “Wild horses fighting on Core Island” Date: 1946 Photographer: Thomas D. McAvoy Source: Life Magazine URL: http://images.google.com/hosted/life/09a92ae45d639b26.html Notes: This photograph was taken in the Outer Banks of North Carolina during the summer of 1946. Despite the photograph’s title, the horse in this image is technically feral rather than wild.

Mountain Gorillas

Few megafaunal species are more iconic than mountain gorillas, and few are now more threatened. According to our best estimates, there are fewer than 900 mountain gorillas left in their home range, the Virunga Mountains of central Africa. Although scientists have monitored these primates for more than fifty years, they have performed surprisingly few genetic Read More …

Desert Canaries

If you find yourself anywhere near the nation’s capital this weekend, you’re free to join me at the annual meeting of the American Society for Environmental History, where I’ll be giving a talk on the history of feral burros in the American West. If that somehow fails to persuade you, then you can learn about Read More …