Gay Bradshaw, PhD, PhD, is founder and Executive Director of The Kerulos Center. Her establishment of the field of trans-species psychology— the theory and practice animal psychological rehabilitation and conservation—began with the discovery of PTSD in wild elephant. She has written about this in her 2009 book, Elephants on the Edge: What Animals Teach Us About Humanity (Yale University Press).
Her more recent work, The Elephant Letters: The Story of Billy and Kani, is for children and adults. It tells the tale of two Kenyan elephants, cousines separated in childhood, who live radically different lives. A musical based on this book is in the works with production slated for the New York City area.
Dr. Bradshaw's holds doctorate degrees in ecology and psychology, and has published, taught, and lectured widely in these fields both in the U.S. and internationally. Her research has been featured in numerous media, including ABC 20/20, Stern, National Geographic, New York Times, Time, New Scientist, Nature, and the London Telegraph. Much of her research focuses on the effects of violence on and trauma recovery of parrots, elephants, and chimpanzees in captivity. Her area of specialization is elderly individuals who have suffered capture and captivity.
Elephants, Us, and Other Kin
In the following video presentation, Dr. Bradshaw describes her experience in Africa and the origins of trans-species psychology. (Created for UCLA's Annual Interpersonal Neurobiology Conference, March 14-16).
Elephants on the Edge is an urgent call to end this strife and for humanity to embrace once more the traditions that kept the peace with our animal kin.
—Archbishop Emeritus Desmond M. Tutu
Thank you for your moving and informative presentation about our need to choose Life over mere "survival." It is heart-crushing to realize the misery that our species has brought and continues to bring to the members of other species. Can we change? If so, the ideas presented here will be crucial in helping to create this change in our relationship with the rest of the living world. —Karen Davis, PhD, President of United Poultry Concerns, promoting respect and compassion for domestic fowl.
Once again Kerulos continues to shake us up as they must so that each of us will "choose life over survival." Thank you, as always. — Elaine McCAIN
Read about the endangered Togian white-eye pictured above.