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Audio: Exploring the minds and inner lives of animals

On this episode of the Mongabay Newscast, we speak with the co-author of a new book about the minds and lives of animals — their memories, how we know that they dream, how some even like to get drunk — and we’ll hear all about Mongabay’s newly launched bureau in India.

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Our first guest is Sy Montgomery, the author of two dozen books for adults and kids about animals including the classics Journey of the Pink Dolphins, The Good Good Pig, and The Soul of an Octopus, which was a National Book Award finalist in the U.S.

Montgomery recently teamed up with her friend and fellow animal writer Elizabeth Marshall Thomas to write Tamed and Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind. The book is a collection of essays about dogs, hawks, house cats, lions, octopuses, sharks, snails, and more — and Sy Montgomery is here to share a few of the stories from the book with us.

Our second guest today is Sandhya Sekar, program manager for Mongabay India, the newest addition to the Mongabay family of environmental news sites, joining those based in Indonesia, the U.S., and Latin America.

Sekar joins us from the capital city of the southern Indian state of Kerala, where she’s based, and is here to tell us about the environmental challenges India is facing and what kinds of coverage you’ll find at

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Sy Montgomery with Banshee, a peregrine falcon. Photo Credit: Keith Ellenbogen.

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