Richard Pell has discovered a secret history of the domesticated animals we share our lives with willingly or unwillingly. He discusses the evolution of the brown rat to the fancy rat, how canaries learnt to sing and why goats are going to the moon. Humans and wild animals often live in close proximity but conflicts between the two derail conservation programmes. Tobias Nyumba shares his experience of interactions between humans and elephants in Kenya and crocodile expert Simon Pooley shows how history and culture can solve conflicts between humans and predators.
Richard Pell, Director, Center for PostNatural History
Simon Pooley, Lambert Lecturer in Environment (Applied Herpetology), Birkbeck University of London
Tobias O Nyumba, PhD student, University of Cambridge.
Produced in association with Wellcome Collection.
Image: Taxidermied parrots in a museum store, Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle Paris, France, 1982.
Credit: Richard Ross © the artist