Recommended Reading: Animal Behavior
Here, I’ve included my favorite books on ethology, or the study of animal behavior. Most of these are scholarly, but accessible, with a focus on primatology. This is a reflection of my specific interests, with any species bias purely accidental. (As a wee lil’ budding feminist and animal advocate, I was fascinated with “Leakey’s Angels” during my teenage years!)
As always, I welcome your comments, suggestions and feedback. The comments section on this page is open, so leave ‘em if you got ‘em!
Bagemihl, Bruce. 2000. Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity. Stonewall Inn Editions.
Balcombe, Jonathan. 2006. Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good. New York, New York: Macmillan.
Bekoff, Marc. 2005. Animal Passions and Beastly Virtues: Reflections on Redecorating Nature (Animals Culture And Society). Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Temple University Press.
Bekoff, Marc. 2008. The Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy – and Why They Matter. Novato, California: New World Library.
Galdikas , Birute M. F. 1995. Reflections of Eden: My Years With the Orangutans of Borneo. London: Little Brown & Co.
Goodall, Jane. 1972. In the Shadow of Man. New York, New York: Dell Publishing.
Goodall, Jane. 1991. Through a Window: My Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe. New York, New York: Mariner Books.
Hribal, Jason. 2011. Fear of the Animal Planet: The Hidden History of Animal Resistance. Oakland, California: AK Press.
Judson, Olivia. 2003. Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation: The Definitive Guide to the Evolutionary Biology of Sex. Holt Paperbacks.
Masson, Jeffrey Moussaieff. 2004. The Pig Who Sang to the Moon: The Emotional World of Farm Animals. Ballantine Books.
Masson, Jeffrey Moussaieff. 2005. Raising the Peaceable Kingdom: What Animals Can Teach Us About the Social Origins of Tolerance and Friendship. Ballantine Books.
Masson, Jeffrey Moussaieff and Susan McCarthy. 1996. When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals. Delta.
Pepperberg, Irene Maxine. 2000. The Alex Studies: Cognitive and Communicative Abilities of Grey Parrots. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.
Pepperberg, Irene Maxine. 2008. Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Uncovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence – and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process. Collins.
Savage-Rumbaugh, Sue and Roger Lewin. 1996. Kanzi: The Ape at the Brink of the Human Mind. Wiley.
Last updated 1/10/11