Wednesday, January 31, 2018 

After a break of three years, Les de Villiers, Ph.D., will speak to us again. Dubbed the “Sultan of Safaris,” South African-born Dr. de Villiers is a former diplomat, wildlife expert and photographer. He immigrated to the United States in the late ‘80s and founded a consulting firm before moving into publishing and arranging upscale African safaris. Apart from several books on wildlife, he has authored more than a dozen books on African politics and economics. Last time, Dr. de Villiers’ talk was entitled “Gorillas in Our Midst”; this time, he will be speaking about “Animal Behavior.” After years of safari experience and with the help of stills and videos, Dr. de Villiers takes a look at natural animal behavior in the wild and asks the question: “Are we smart enough to know how smart animals are?” You will be fascinated and surprised at what he found by following lions, leopards, elephants, hyenas and a host of other creatures in Africa’s safari country. His conclusion: “If only humans could behave like animals, it would be a better world.”

 

Arranged by Sunil Saksena