Ben Kilham: The Social Black Bear: What Bears Have Taught Me About Being Human

Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 at 4:00pm

Salisbury, CT 06068

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Ben Kilham, a wildlife biologist from Lyme, New Hampshire, has lived with and studied black bears for more than 20 years. He has raised orphaned bear cubs and successfully returned them to the wild. He has a unique perspective on their social behavior and ability to form relationships. Black bears show evidence of reciprocal altruism, matri-linear hierarchy, and a mix of intentional and emotional communication. Bears can live for as many as forty years, which allows them long-term benefits from forming relationships with fellow cooperators.

Ben has been the focus of several news articles and documentaries, including National Geographic’s A Man Among Bears and Animal Planet’s Papa Bear. He is also author of the books "Among the Bears: Raising Orphaned Cubs in the Wild" and "Out on a Limb: Origins of Intuition and Intelligence." He has worked with Chinese researchers on restoring giant pandas to the wild and is featured in the Imax 3d film "Pandas."

This presentation is co-sponsored by the Salisbury Association Land Trust, Colebrook Land Conservancy, Cornwall Conservation Trust, Dutchess Land Conservancy, Norfolk Land Trust, Sharon Land Trust, Winchester Land Trust, and the Scoville Memorial Library. Go to the library's website at to register.

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