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Dolphin Intimacy and Other Strange Tales of Human-Animal Interactions

In his new book, Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America, journalist Jon Mooallem uses the polar bear, the whooping crane, and a species of butterfly to tell the story of our tangled relationship with wild animals. Mooallem is a keen observer, and he’s as fascinated by the dedicated, eccentric humans who fight to protect these animals as he is by the beasts themselves. The book is sad, hilarious, and impossible to put down.

Wired: What’s your earliest memory of an interaction with an animal?

Jon Mooallem: Actually, my most vivid memory is of not interacting with animals. As a kid, I was fascinated by wildlife—I watched a lot of wildlife television shows on PBS—but I grew up in suburban New Jersey, with hardly any exposure to actual animals.


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