​​Wild Minds LLC


Do gorillas, like humans, have a right to exist?

Our claim is that a species’ value or rights should at least partly be determined from our knowledge of the workings of its mind....  Read our article 

Seri Indians: Social Structure & Allocare

Equine Assisted Therapy: Testing the Efficacy

by Katherine Cudney

 Paternal Behavior: A Comparative Approach

 Primate Family Systems​​


HAIRI: Human-Animal Interaction Research Initiative

Dian Fossey was keenly sensitive to animals, but not so tactful with her fellow humans. Can a person have high empathy for animals and low empathy for humans?

Could Fossey exemplify a new 
personality factor--Animality?

Our research is investigating this question. 
Check our 
project website.

Currently our focus is on the function of PLAY

Objectives of this project:

  • Literature review
  • Video ethogram of gorilla paternal care (especially PLAY)
  • Larger study design

This research is funded by the University of Arizona's
John & Doris Norton Fathers, Parenting, and Families Initiative,
Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, & Families
More information and updates can be found on the project website.

Animal Cognition: Implications for Animal Ethics

 Human-Animal Connection​​

Equine Assisted Therapy Research Group

Human Nature

Recon to Seri land near Kino Bay, Sonora, Mexico
February 2011

 Our purpose is to understand Human Nature by integrating  biological, behavioral, and social sciences through the  unifying principles of evolutionary theory.