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    • Science
    • 4.9 • 30 Ratings

Pick an animal.

    California Condor

    California Condor

    Find out how sock puppets aided the most insane conservation effort in history and learn everything about America's biggest bird.
    Bibliography: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SA3gYa9Xrq-sZxWkkqGWBbEbB1X0ZaaUGlFqLg-NN9w/edit?usp=sharing

    • 23 min
    State of Affairs | Dr. Brooke Scelza

    State of Affairs | Dr. Brooke Scelza

    Infidelity is almost ubiquitous among the Himba, an indigenous group of pastoralists living in Namibia and Angola. In this episode, I speak with a human behavioral ecologist who can help us understand why.
    UCLA's Professor Brooke Scelza (@bascelza) has studied reproductive decision-making in these people for about a decade. Her fascinating work has made progress towards understanding the rationale behind patterns of parental investment, fosterage, and infidelity. In this podcast, we focus on the last item on this list. Come learn about an interesting culture and view infidelity through a new lens on this episode of Species. 

    • 57 min


    An essay about birds, music, and evolution.

    • 17 min


    How come some Christians risk their lives to hold snakes? Why do snakes have forked tongues? Do snakes "see" heat? Listen and learn the answers to all these questions and more!
    Bibliography: https://docs.google.com/document/d/14zL71mi0U2QGOdivbE_-ZomBBXVXDOKXc49R0yGR0UA/edit?usp=sharing

    • 22 min


    Come learn about a singing, (mostly) monogamous acrobat!
    Bibliography: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1O9830gFU8gHBDzF70JSwqo-mvwq3dZ7VogcX3rFzDS0/edit?usp=sharing

    • 27 min


    This microscopic animal can survive in outer space. Find out how and learn about the toughest animal on earth (and off of it) by listening to today's episode!
    Bibliography: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NXu2AzNhIj7V_9jcISMvxolWlCAim0uzCLveJDYuFtQ/edit?usp=sharing

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

Addie hi ,


Hi macken, my names Addie and I’m 10 years old, I really like this podcast and would recommend it to anyone,and I reckon you should do an episode on the blob fish and axolotl.

PamNashie ,

Unique Podcast!

G’day Macken. For an authentic, refreshing and truly unique podcast here we are. After an extensive search for an animal podcast this has blown every other podcast away. Not only is it incredibly informative, understandable for all ages and engaging but also relaxing to listen to. The Vegan message is right on point. This is a topic that should be understood and supported by any self-advocating animal rights activist or conservationist. And here it is! So, a huge thumbs up to you Macken for broaching this subject and engaging with experts, the public and your listeners on Veganism. It is an incredibly hard thing to talk about but withpeople like you, pulling it into the mainstream, is the reason it will one day be truly mainstream. Can’t thank you enough. As for the content, I love the episodes where you bring in specialists like John Oberg. I also love that you do episodes on all animals, whether they are popular or unpopular, large or small and even unknown – no bias. Favourite episode has to be the Honey Badger and Goldfish. How about some episodes on the Monotremes of Australia and New Guinea!?
Macken you’re an absolute essential animal rights communicator! Keep up the fantastic work!
Cheers, Ian.

nettt mannnnnn ,


Hi Macken can you please do an axolotl or flathead I am a huge fan of your podcast and am listening almost every night

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