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Dominion: The animals and the linguists

Episode 2 of 4

Zimbabwean author and essayist Panashe Chigumadzi asks what part language plays in our regard for other animals.

Zimbabwean author and essayist Panashe Chigumadzi asks what part Language plays in our regard for other animals. In wild animal reserves in the south of the country, she talks to ethologists to understand lions, rhinos and vultures. She asks if our greatest problem in entering the mind of another animal has been its inability to communicate as we do? She looks to her ancestral culture of animal totems and praise poems, and the relatively recent explosion of scientific interest in the animal’s point of view

Contributors include animal behaviourists Frans de Waal, Peter Mundy, Noxolo Mguni, Beks Ndlovo, Francoise Wemelsfelder, Ian Harmer and Anele Matshisela.

Producer: Kate Bland

(Photo: Panashe Chigumadzi and rhinos in Matopos Park, Zimbabwe)

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