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Concerned about the impact we humans are having on them? Then charge up those AirPods - or Bluetooth headset - and get ready for The Animal Guide for Curious Humans. Creator and host Maureen Armstrong brings animal lovers, wildlife experts and decision makers together to discuss the habits and behaviours of animals—including us—and ways we can live together harmoniously in light of ever-increasing population, resource and climate pressures. The Animal Guide for Curious Humans will educate you, entertain you, and get you thinking globally so you can act locally. Discover more about Maureen and the show on the The Animal Guide’s About page. Discover more at TheAnimalGuide.com. And be sure to tune in, like, subscribe and share; our animal friends are counting on us!

Concerned about the impact we humans are having on them? Then charge up those AirPods - or Bluetooth headset - and get ready for The Animal Guide for Curious Humans. Creator and host Maureen Armstrong brings animal lovers, wildlife experts and decision makers together to discuss the habits and behaviours of animals—including us—and ways we can live together harmoniously in light of ever-increasing population, resource and climate pressures. The Animal Guide for Curious Humans will educate you, entertain you, and get you thinking globally so you can act locally. Discover more about Maureen and the show on the The Animal Guide’s About page. Discover more at TheAnimalGuide.com. And be sure to tune in, like, subscribe and share; our animal friends are counting on us!

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Canada

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Concerned about the impact we humans are having on them? Then charge up those AirPods - or Bluetooth headset - and get ready for The Animal Guide for Curious Humans. Creator and host Maureen Armstrong brings animal lovers, wildlife experts and decision makers together to discuss the habits and behaviours of animals—including us—and ways we can live together harmoniously in light of ever-increasing population, resource and climate pressures. The Animal Guide for Curious Humans will educate you, entertain you, and get you thinking globally so you can act locally. Discover more about Maureen and the show on the The Animal Guide’s About page. Discover more at TheAnimalGuide.com. And be sure to tune in, like, subscribe and share; our animal friends are counting on us!

Language:

English

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4165581851


Episodes

Monkey Business – Tails from a Primate Sanctuary

7/7/2022
Monkeys are smart, sophisticated autonomous beings born to be wild and live in communities with their own kind. They aren’t meant to be pets or entertainers. Yet there are so many among us far from their natural habitat mainly due to the exotic pet trade and unregulated zoos. Others are acquired as subjects for scientific research and discarded after they have served their usefulness. Thankfully, some make their way to sanctuaries like the Story Book Primate Sanctuary in Ontario, Canada....

Duration:00:58:25

Saving Mountain Gorillas

6/16/2022
If you had to guess, how many mountain gorillas do you think remain in the wild today? For context, there are 7.9 billion humans in the world. How many mountain gorillas do you think there are? The answer: just 1,063. Until recently, there were a critically endangered species. Thanks in large part to today’s guest and her organization, the population of mountain gorillas is growing. Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka is the founder and CEO of Conservation through Public Health (CTPH), an award...

Duration:00:58:31

Why Did The Chicken Cross the Road? To Cool Off!

6/2/2022
It is estimated that around 65 billion broiler chickens are consumed by humans every year. Yet, how much do we really know about them? Today’s guest is doing fascinating and important research in animal behaviour, particularly chickens. Dr. Oluwaseun Sera Iyasere is a specialist in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Animal Physiology, at the Federal University of Agriculture in Abeokuta, Nigeria (FUNAAB). She teaches courses in several subjects including...

Duration:00:40:42

Letting Wild Cats be Wild

5/19/2022
On today’s episode, we are taking a look at wild cats who have found themselves in human hands. Lions, tigers, lynx, servals, and other species of wild cats can be targets for profiteers running roadside petting zoos or who are filling a demand for exotic pets. These extraordinary creatures might be bred for their cubs to create a photo opportunity at an unregulated zoo or they may be taken into homes with the expectation they can be domesticated. Neither of these environments allow them to...

Duration:00:50:32

Animals in the News

5/6/2022
Today’s episode is a brief one to touch base on some current news items and to tell you about some of the great episodes we have coming up. We start with the recent heartbreaking story from Dallas, Texas where a little two year old boy was mauled by a coyote while on the front porch of his home. My thoughts and prayers go out to this little boy and his family. Several news stories have reported that neighbours in the area had been seen feeding the coyote and even petting it. In episodes 6...

Duration:00:07:06

Why we need to stop killing animals for fashion

4/14/2022
Why is anyone still wearing fur despite the decades of protests against this practice? Unless you live in a remote community in which fur is used in the context of living responsibly off the land and as part of your culture, you don't need it for warmth. If you're wearing fur, the reason is vanity. In this episode of The Animal Guide For Curious Humans, host Maureen Amrstrong talks to Lesley Fox, Executive Director of The Furbearers, a Canadian charity that is seeking to end the commercial...

Duration:00:59:31

How to shop cruelty-free

3/29/2022
More and more consumers are animal lovers, and their love of animals extends to what they buy. So more consumers are making purchasing decisions based on whether products are tested on animals. Many manufacturers have embraced cruelty free as part of their corporate culture. Others just print phrases like “Against animal testing” on their products. But what exactly does this mean? Does it mean that the product was developed without any testing on animals? Or without any testing that would...

Duration:00:48:39

Why we need legal personhood for animals

3/17/2022
What are animals exactly? Are they just things? Are they property? Can they be persons even though they aren’t people? We share background on an important legal case on the question of whether an elephant is, in legal terms, a person for the purpose of accessing certain legal rights. This case raises so many important issues regarding the human/non-human animal relationship, the intelligence of elephants in particular, animal ethics, and pathways we need to explore to protect animals in a...

Duration:00:19:53

Overexploited fish and seafood need protection. Here’s what you can do

3/1/2022
In this episode of The Animal Guide we explore the systems used to put aquatic life on our plates, and how we can improve the lives of aquatic animals. Our guest is Catalina Lopez from the Aquatic Life Institute. She is the Director of the Aquatic Animal Alliance (AAA), a coalition of organizations working around the globe to reduce the suffering of aquatic animals used for food. A vet from Columbia who now lives in Mexico, Catalina has worked in the farmed animal protection movement for...

Duration:00:58:06

DOGS! And the value of a great trainer

2/15/2022
In the newest episode of The Animal Guide podcast show, we discuss one of the world’s most popular pets - dogs. Our guest is dog trainer Helen Prinold from the Canadian Association of Professional Dog Trainers. Helen has a Masters degree in Animal Behaviour, is CPDT-KA certified (Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed), a CDBC (Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant), and a Certified Fear Free Animal Trainer. In our conversation with Helen we focus on puppy and dog training and...

Duration:00:54:30

Animal welfare in China

1/31/2022
Obtaining an accurate picture of animal welfare in China requires understanding of history, culture and politics in this large and complex country. In this episode, Dr. Peter Li, a distinguished scholar and China animal policy expert, shares insights on animal welfare in China including wet markets and the role they played in the outbreak of the COVID 19 pandemic. Dr. Li is Associate Professor of East Asian Politics, Animal Law and Policy at the University of Houston (Downtown) and a...

Duration:01:18:19

Managing encounters with wolves and other wildlife

1/18/2022
In episode 007 of The Animal Guide, we continue our conversation with Meg Toom. Be sure to listen to episode 006, Encounters With Wildlife, to hear host Maureen Armstrong and Meg discuss managing wildlife and human conflict, and in particular the human impact on bear habitats. They also discussed cougars and coyotes. Meg is principal of Serratus Wildlife Services in British Columbia, Canada, and specializes in human-wildlife conflict mitigation. Wolf culling in British Columbia In this...

Duration:00:33:35

Encounters with wildlife

1/4/2022
No matter where we are in the world, we share the planet with wildlife. You may only see squirrels or birds when you take the dog out or head to the office, but these creatures are still classed as wildlife. Some listeners will regularly encounter raccoons, coyotes, bears, snakes, monkeys, jackals, possums, and more. In this episode of The Animal Guide for Curious Humans, host Maureen Armstrong talks with Meg Toom, principal of Serratus Wildlife Services in British Columbia, Canada. Meg...

Duration:01:03:19

Happy Holidays!

12/20/2021
The holiday season is a time to reflect on how fortunate we are, but also to acknowledge how much our lives are enriched by other species and to consider what we might do for them. If you haven’t already, now is the perfect time to consider donating your time, money and expertise—whichever you can spare, as much as you can spare—to organizations that work on animals’ behalf. I hope you will consider doing so. I am so grateful and thankful to all of you for “tuning in” and lending your...

Duration:00:04:45

Tips to alleviate animal cruelty in our food system

12/7/2021
In the previous episode of The Animal Guide for Curious Humans, host Maureen Armstrong spoke with Steve McIvor, CEO of World Animal Protection about the many ways humans are cruel to the animals we rely on for food. It was an illuminating and somewhat disturbing discussion that ended on a positive note: you have the power to help reduce the cruelty caused to animals in the food system even if you aren’t a vegan or vegetarian. In this episode, Maureen shares her seven strategies for...

Duration:00:29:51

Farm Animals

11/23/2021
Join host Maureen Armstrong as she talks with Steve McIvor, CEO of London, UK-based World Animal Protection, an international organization that has been working for over 50 years to end animal cruelty by addressing the root causes. A major—if not the major—cause of animal suffering is one that most of us are aware of but, perhaps, tend to ignore: factory farming. The way humans have raised animals for food hasn’t always been as cruel as it is today, but an increasing human population has...

Duration:00:48:23

Your Dog Has Opinions

11/15/2021
Be sure to join host Maureen Armstrong for the inaugural episode of The Animal Guide for Curious Humans. The Animal Guide for Curious Humans brings animal lovers, wildlife experts and decision makers together to discuss the habits and behaviours of animals—including us—and ways we can live together harmoniously in light of ever-increasing population, resource and climate pressures. In this episode, Maureen talks with Professor Kristin Andrews, a Toronto-based animal researcher and author,...

Duration:01:03:49

Attention All Animal Lovers

11/11/2021
Love animals? Concerned about the impact we humans are having on them? Then charge up those AirPods - or Bluetooth headset - and get ready for The Animal Guide for Curious Humans. Creator and host Maureen Armstrong brings animal lovers, wildlife experts and decision makers together to discuss the habits and behaviours of animals—including us—and ways we can live together harmoniously in light of ever-increasing population, resource and climate pressures. The Animal Guide for Curious...

Duration:00:05:41