Contemplating Creatures



  • April 3, 2013
  • Offering Format: Public Event, Lecture
  • Cahners Theater
  • Free; register online
  • Associated Persons

    With Denise Herzing, PhD, founder and research director, Wild Dolphin Project; Katy Payne, cofounder and researcher, Elephant Listening Project, Laboratory of Ornithology, Cornell University; Rob Shumaker, PhD, vice president of conservation and life sciences at the Indianapolis Zoo; former biologist, curator, and exhibit designer, Smithsonian National Zoo; author, Animal Tool Behavior


The ability to vocalize language and communicate with each other has long been considered the unique domain of humans. Research shows, however, that several species of animals have complex communication systems and can even vary vocalizations in response to others in their species. But can humans and animals learn to “talk” to one another? Stretch your notions about animal behavior and cognition, and find out whether we might someday be able to understand just what animals have to say.

This program is free thanks to the generosity of the Lowell Institute.

Photo © Wild Dolphin Project