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Teo Alfero, founder & CEO of The Wolf Connection sanctuary

Teo Alfero—founder and CEO of the Wolf Connection sanctuary, which specializes in rescuing domesticated wolves and dogs with varying degrees of wolf content, and author of “The Wolf Connection: What Wolves Can Teach Us About Being Human”—outlines three traits of wolves most people wouldn’t know that make them special animals. Read more…

Rick Kriseman, Passionately Pro-Pet Mayor of St. Petersburg, FL

Rick Kriseman—the mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida, who, a year ago, signed a proclamation declaring St. Petersburg a pet-friendly city—recounts growing up loving animals, dogs in particular. Mayor Kriseman describes how he and his family got started as puppy raisers for Southeastern Guide Dogs, bringing home their first assigned puppy, Jim, when he was 12 weeks old, and returning him at 14 months. Read more…

Dr. David M. Pena-Guzman, author of “Can Nonhuman Animals Commit Suicide?”

Dr. David M. Pena-Guzman—a philosopher and assistant professor at San Francisco State University, who wrote a scholarly paper for the journal Animal Sentience, entitled “Can Nonhuman Animals Commit Suicide?”—recounts how he had no pets during his formative years, and has none now, owing at least partly to the rental restrictions of apartments in San Francisco. Read more…

Frans de Waal, primatologist and author, most recently, of “Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves”

Dr. Frans de Waal—the primatologist, ethologist, and prolific author, most recently of “Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves”—cites some stories from the new book, in response to a question about a hypothetical person who’s heard about “Mama’s Last Hug,” and remains deeply skeptical about its core premise: that animals experience an array of emotions, just as human animals do. Read more…

Nancy Murrah, CEO of The Raptor Center of Tampa Bay

It’s all too rare for “Talking Animals” guests to join me in studio–I typically interview them by phone or, occasionally, via Skype. So it was an uncommon treat to stand across from Nancy Murrah—the CEO of The Raptor Center of Tampa Bay—while we chatted on-air, and even more uncommon that during this conversation, Murrah was holding a red-tailed hawk named Matilda. Read more…