Thought Leader Profile

Con Slobodchikoff

CEO, Zoolingua & Animal Communications Ltd.

Con Slobodchikoff is CEO of Zoolingua and Animal Communications Ltd., director of the Animal Language Institute, and author of Chasing Doctor Dolittle: Learning the Language of Animals. An expert at decoding animal language using innovative experimental and analytical techniques, Con has shown that prairie dogs have a sophisticated animal language, having all of the design features of human languages. He and Zoolingua are working on developing a pet translator, starting with dogs. This will allow people to understand what dogs are trying to communicate to them and will have profound implications for how we can utilize and relate to the intelligence of animals.

Con has been featured in a variety of articles and interviews, including magazines such as Smithsonian magazine, National Geographic, Discover Magazine, People magazine, Reader's Digest, and Boy's Life; radio interviews including "Radiolab," NPR's "All Things Considered," and NPR Flagstaff, Phoenix, Santa Fe, Idaho, and Colorado; on television on NBC Dateline, ABC World News with Peter Jennings, CNN, Country Canada, Quantum (Australia), Tierzeit (Belgian-German TV), Turner Broadcasting, and Brixen Productions (Discovery Channel); and in newspapers including the LA Times, the Boston Globe, the Denver Post, the Arizona Republic, Arizona Daily Sun, Arizona Daily Star, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. A joint production by BBC and Animal Planet did a one-hour documentary of his work, shown in 2010 by BBC TV in Europe and in 2011 on Animal Planet as part of the Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom series.

Con has written or co-written some 100 scientific papers and popular articles on animal language, animal behavior, and evolution and has written or edited four books on these topics. He also writes or co-writes the Reconnect with Nature Blog, the Dog Behavior Blog, and the Dr Con page on Facebook. You can visit his website at www.conslobodchikoff.com.

Con has a BS degree and a PhD degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Speaker at FiRe 2012, 2015, 2016, 2018


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FiRe 2018 Media

CTO Design Challenge: Building Zoolingua



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CTO Design Challenge: Building Zoolingua: Conclusion and Report Out



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FiRe 2012 Media

Using Patterns to Understand Animal Language



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