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Fresh off the press, new release “Smitten by Giraffe, My Life as a Citizen Scientist” by Anne Innis Dagg, has received its first major review! The following in an excerpt taken from the review that recently appeared in Publishers Weekly.
“In this plainspoken memoir, Canadian zoologist Dagg (Giraffe: Biology, Behavior and Conservation) chronicles her unusual life as a “citizen scientist” and the deeply ingrained sexism she experienced in academia. A serendipitous sighting of a giraffe at a zoo when Dagg was three years old in 1936 sparked her desire to learn about these creatures. When Dagg grew older, she decided to become a zoologist, teaching and conducting research at a university. It seemed like an achievable goal, especially when Dagg, as a newly minted University of Toronto graduate, went to Africa in 1956 to study wild giraffes, a first in the scientific world. As she added to her academic credentials—earning her Ph.D., lecturing, and writing about wildlife—while marrying and raising a family, Dagg encountered a major setback: she was told she would never receive a permanent position at one university “because she had a man to support her.”
By Anne Innis Dagg
One feminist’s personal account of researching animal behaviour and fighting sexism in Canadian universities.
When Anne Innis saw her first giraffe at the age of three, she was smitten. She knew she had to learn more about this marvelous animal. Twenty years later, now a trained zoologist, she set off alone to Africa to study the behaviour of giraffe in the wild. Subsequently, Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey would be driven by a similar devotion to study the behaviour of wild apes. In Smitten by Giraffe, the noted feminist reflects on her scientific work as well as the leading role she has played in numerous activist campaigns. Read more>