For a long time, biologists considered tool use a major marker of difference separating humans and animals. But recent research, including that conducted at the Indianapolis Zoo, has complicated that binary. If orangutans can talk, elephants can feel emotions and dolphins can use tools, then are humans really so different than other forms of life? And if we are more similar than previously thought, what implications does that have for how we steward our shared home on Planet Earth?
Join us for a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of the Indianapolis Zoo, where we’ll get up close and personal with the animals and talk with scientists whose cutting-edge research is radically reshaping the field of zoology. Along the way, we’ll read short literary texts that invite us to reconsider our human-centered view of the universe. Our tour will conclude with a hearty lunch and discussion.