Con Slobodchikoff

CEO, Zoolingua

Con Slobodchikoff is CEO of Animal Communications Ltd, director of the Animal Language Institute, and author of Chasing Doctor Dolittle: Learning the Language of Animals. He is an expert at decoding animal language, using innovative experimental and analytical techniques. His work has shown that prairie dogs have a sophisticated animal language having all of the design features of human languages.

Con has been featured in a variety of news media articles and interviews, including magazines such as Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic, Discover Magazine, People Magazine, Reader's Digest, and Boy's Life; radio interviews such as "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 such as the LA Times, Boston Globe, Denver Post, Arizona Republic, Arizona Daily Sun, Arizona Daily Star, 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. He has also edited three books on these topics.

Con also writes or co-writes several blogs, including the Reconnect with Nature Blog (, the Dog Behavior Blog (, and the Dr Con page on Facebook ( His website is (

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

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News for: Con Slobodchikoff

Speaker at FiRe 2012, 2015, 2016, 2018

News Headlines
Real-life Doctor Dolittle aims to use A.I.-powered translator to talk to animals
Posted on 16 Jan 2018 at 3:37pm

If animals could talk: Former NAU professor works on dog translation device
Posted on 24 Jan 2018 at 3:56am

Instrument that could convert dogs' bark into human language
Posted on 14 Jan 2018 at 10:31pm

Soon, you can have heart-to-heart talk with your pet
Posted on 15 Jan 2018 at 4:00pm

Dogs can't speak human, but tech could change that
Posted on 21 Jan 2018 at 3:25am

Scientist using machine learning to develop dog language translator
Posted on 16 Jan 2018 at 3:07pm

So why are cats scared of cucumbers?
Posted on 17 Feb 2019 at 1:51pm

Dogs may speak ‘human’ in 10 years time, report claims
Posted on 12 Jan 2018 at 12:28pm

Prairie dogs may have the most complex language
Posted on 3 Feb 2010 at 4:00pm

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