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Mousy Cats and Sheepish Coyotes: The Science of Animal Personalities


While dog-or-cat lovers will eagerly describe their pets' adorable habits, biologist and author John Shivik says it's not just pets, but reptiles, fish, even insects have unique personalities and behaviors. We find out more, why it matters, and what it tells us about ourselves.

  • John Shivik - Biologist who has worked as a federal researcher, state predator biologist, federal regional wildlife program manager, and search-and-rescue dog handler. He is also the author of The Predator Paradox: Ending the War with Wolves, Bears, Cougars, and Coyotes. 

Related Reading:

"Natural history books that look inside the minds of animals," by the New Scientist. 

"Unexpected friendships between animals and their humans," by the Washington Post. 

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