Having come from a ‘hard’ science background (ecology and evolutionary biology) and then moving on to animal behavioural science (primatology) for my postgraduate degrees, I have had a lifelong interest in how humans biologically, culturally, psychologically, emotionally, symbolically and philosophically relate to the rest of life on earth. I now straddle both biological and social anthropology, engaged in ‘traditional’ animal studies in addition to critical animal studies, wherein I explore the ethics, representation and context for how animal ethology is reported and interpreted. Recently this has involved an ecofeminist, postcolonial approach. My goal is to not only point to the fact that Homo sapiens are animals, but to start to grapple with the implications of that obvious biological reality.
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