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Urban wildlife – that’s everything from pigeons to coyotes to possums to deer, depending where you live – can be found in every nook and cranny of our cities, but just how well do we know our
neighbours? Join Niki, Jay and Erika as they explore the world just outside your window with the scientists that know urban wildlife best. Are coyotes the Batman of our cities? Do raccoons have street smarts? Are there mutant mosquitoes living in our underground tunnels? It’s a concrete jungle out there, and it’s wilder than you think.
From birds to bamboo, wild boars to Colombian hippos, invasive species are wreaking havoc on eco-systems around the world, and in your backyard. Canadian ecology rock-star Ryan Brook has been tracking wild boars for years and says it’s only a matter of time before the pigs outnumber humans in Saskatchewan, Canada. Eradicating them has proven challenging, and conservationist Arian Wallach says, don’t bother, it’s a waste of time. The boars are too smart. Join Erika, Jay and Niki as they look at invasive species from two very different perspectives.
The most striking thing about taxidermy is that it is so far removed from what most of us think.
That stuffed deer head on the wall? Entertainment. The work done by the taxidermists in this episode, like George Dante, who preserved the remains of the famous Galapagos tortoise Lonesome George, or Allis Markham, who specialises in hummingbirds? That’s art, science and imagination. That is taxidermy.
If your Instagram feed is any indication, plants have blossomed into an obsession. But, is #PlantParenting a one-way relationship, or does Rob the Rubber Plant have feelings about your new #greenthumb?
In this episode, Erika, Niki and Jay explore this thorny issue with pioneering plant researchers Ian Baldwin, Jack Schultz and Monica Gagliano. Mi’kmaw narrative artist and conservation ecologist Shalan Joudry challenges us to explore the language and intention we use to describe plants, and to understand how this affects our relationship with them.
Rich newspaper Tycoon William Randolph Hearst once owned one of the world’s largest private zoos, home to everything from sun bears to storks to elephants.
Erika, Niki and Jay dive into the deep desires of the wealthy to own exotic animals, with the help of psychologist Suzanne MacDonald and animal ethicist James Serpell. The team time travels to the 7th Century with archaeologist Lisa Cooper, and then asks if Tik Tok is the exotic zoo of the future. It’s a wild ride through the world of ancient kings, drug kings, and yes, tiger kings
Do animals have their own distinct personalities? Dogs? Sure. Apes? Absolutely. What about fish? Or, snakes? For decades this was a taboo subject in the hallowed halls of scientific research.
What exactly is animal personality, anyway? How’s it different from your personality?
Jay, Niki and Erika debate the issues, talk with Herzog and Gosling. Oh, and they take a quiz and find out which animal personality they most resemble. Hint: not everyone was thrilled.
Story-driven, science-based examination of the weird and wonderful relationship between humans and all types of wildlife. If you love the planet, you’ll love Anthropomania.
A snake with personality. A plant that feels. Feral boars and cocaine hippos. A world famous taxidermist who sings like Roy Orbison. Why do we have such complex relationships with wildlife? We examine all this and more in our first season of Anthropomania.
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First episode drops March 15, 2021.
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