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Jonathan Balcombe      

Author, scientist, and leading animal advocate

Animal behavior expert Jonathan Balcombe is a passionate advocate for animals and their living spaces. His highly acclaimed books What a Fish Knows, Pleasurable Kingdom, Second Nature, and The Exultant Ark present animals in a new light and presage a revolution in the human-animal relationship. A PhD scientist and vegan, Balcombe’s dynamic message resonates with timely issues that affect everyone, including climate change, biodiversity, and personal health.

He has given lectures and presentations on six continents (the penguins eagerly await his arrival in Antarctica). Born in England and raised in New Zealand and Canada, Balcombe studied biology in Canada before earning a PhD in ethology (animal behavior) from the University of Tennessee. He has written over 50 scientific papers and book chapters. In his spare time he enjoys biking, baking, birding, Bach, and trying to understand the squirrels on his balcony.

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