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Randa, Meet Clara. Clara, Randa.
Next time you visit the L.A. Zoo, keep an eye out for special signs on the exhibits featuring animals represented in Oudry's Painted Menagerie...
Aug 4, 2007
Video: Peter Singer's Lecture on Animals in Art
Watch Peter Singer's lecture on "Looking at Animals."
Jul 20, 2007
Rhinos Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
In my work as the Indian rhinoceros keeper at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, I have the privilege to work with our rhino, a 37-year-old female named Randa, every day. She has given me a love and appreciation of her magnificent species that ...
Jul 17, 2007
Man's Best Friend? Dogs in Medieval Art
The original idea for my current exhibition Medieval Beasts came from a surprising source: my veterinarian. During the annual check-up for my two ungainly but lovable German Shorthaired Pointers, Greta and Ingrid, I showed him an image of hunting dogs ...
Jul 12, 2007
Clara In the Eyes of a Zookeeper
The details in Oudry's painting of the rhino Clara—the armor-like skin on the back, the little bumps—are superb. When I look at this, I see an Indian rhino. But I see a captive Indian rhino....
Jun 21, 2007
Eye of the Beholder
The current issue of Zoo View, the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens' membership magazine, includes an article by Paul Gachot about the history of animals in art. After I read this article, I found myself thinking again about Oudry's animal portrai...
Jun 18, 2007
Connecting to Ourselves Through Animals
I am continually amazed at the diversity of perspectives that people bring to the Los Angeles Zoo, where I work. On some occasions I overhear parents and teachers patiently explaining basics of evolution and natural selection to children, and on others...
May 17, 2007