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National Geographic 2016. How Can You Tell a Female Animal From a Male?
Daily Mail 2016. Big brains really DO make you smarter: Animals with the largest amount of grey matter are better problem solvers
BrainDecoder.com 2016. Watch 19 zoo animals solve a puzzle box to prove their smarts
El Pais 2016. Cuanto más grande es el cerebro, mejor se resuelven los problemas
Wyoming Public Radio. 2016. UW Raccoon Project to Begin Trapping
  • UW Raccoon Project researchers talk about the upcoming 2016 trapping session.

Wyoming Public Radio. 2016. From Pests to Puzzle Solvers
  • WPR reporter, Caroline Ballard, tags along with UWRP researchers as they trap and collect samples from raccoons living in Laramie, WY.

The New York Times 2016. Some Carnivores Are Better Than Others at Unlocking Dinner
New Scientist 2016. Watch brainy zoo animals figure out a box puzzle to get at food
Scientific American 2016. Animals with Big Brains Are Better at Problem Solving
IFL Science 2016. Animals With Larger Relative Brain Sizes Are Better Problem Solvers
National Public Radio 2009. Laughing Is No Joke For Spotted Hyenas
  • Dr. Benson-Amram was interviewed by Chris Joyce for Morning Edition, as part of the Sounds Wild program. The program featured recordings Dr. Benson-Amram made of spotted hyena vocalizations and her descriptions of those recordings. www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=100628612

New York Times 2008. Sociable, and Smart
Smithsonian Magazine 2008. Who’s Laughing Now?
BBC Radio Wales 2012. Good Morning Wales
PBS Nature 2012. Faced with a steel box, hyenas try to think outside it
The Telegraph 2012. Hyenas are as bright as primates, research shows.
Nature 2012. Curious hyenas crack puzzles.
BBC 2014. “Talking to the Animals” television program
  • The BBC flew Dr. Benson-Amram out to Kenya to film a television program on animal communication. The program particularly emphasizes the scientific approach to studying how and what animals communicate to each other. I was interviewed extensively on camera about hyena behavior, communication and cognition. Dr. Benson-Amram set-up playback experiments to demonstrate how hyenas respond to varying numbers of simulated territorial intruders.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04b6982

Laramie Boomerang. 2015. Keeping Watch
  • Article highlighting our work with local raccoons in Laramie, WY.

New York Times 2011. Why do hyenas laugh?
Smithsonian Magazine 2011. Wild Things:Feathered dinosaurs, king crabs, and spotted hyenas
Audubon Magazine . 2011. You Lookin' at Me?
  • Audubon magazine also covered our research in their November 2011 issue.

Scientific American 2011. Hyenas Can Count Like Monkeys
Nature News 2011. Hyenas Can Count Like Monkeys
National Public Radio 2013. Measuring intelligence in wild animals
Popular Science 2013. Captive hyena figures out a meat puzzle faster than its wild cousin
NBC News 2013. Captive hyenas beat wild peers in puzzle solving

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