Companion Animal Psychology Book Club June 2021

"In this superbly articulate cri de coeur, Safina gives us a new way of looking at the natural world that is radically different."―The Washington Post.

Animal Book Club June 2021

By Zazie Todd, PhD.

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This month's choice for the Animal Book Club is Becoming Wild by Carl Safina.

From the back cover,

"Some believe that culture is strictly a human phenomenon. But this book reveals cultures of other-than-human beings in some of Earth’s remaining wild places. It shows how if you’re a sperm whale, a scarlet macaw, or a chimpanzee, you too come to understand yourself as an individual within a particular community that does things in specific ways, that has traditions. Alongside genes, culture is a second form of inheritance, passed through generations as pools of learned knowledge. As situations change, social learning―culture―allows behaviors to adjust much faster than genes can adapt."

Becoming Wild was a New York Times Notable Books of 2020.

Becoming Wild is available in all good bookstores and from my Amazon store: https://www.amazon.com/shop/animalbookclub

Membership of the book club is currently only open to people on Companion Animal Psychology's email list. If you want to join, you can sign up for free here.


Zazie Todd, PhD, is the author of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy, winner of the Maxwell Medallion for best book (behaviour, health or general care) from the Dog Writers Association of America. She is the founder of the popular blog Companion Animal Psychology, and also writes a column for Psychology Today. Todd lives in Maple Ridge, BC, with her husband, one dog, and two cats.

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