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Donna Fitz Roy Hardy

"This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of live, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself." Chief Seattle

Dr. Hardy is a Professor of Psychology at California State University, Northridge. She earned her B.A. in zoology from the University of Missouri. She was later trained as a field biologist and received her M.A. in zoology from the University of Kansas where she studied the behavior and ecology of lizards. Then, after four years at U.C.L.A. studying ecology, physiology and animal behavior (esp. birds and frogs), she switched to psychobiology. She received her Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of California at Irvine where she studied hormones and behavior of mammals. Has been teaching at California State University, Northridge, since 1969 and was granted the status of emeritus professor in 2006. Since founding the Consortium of Aquariums, Universities and Zoos (C.A.U.Z.) 1985-2002, she has been working to facilitate communication within the international conservation community. She is a member of the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group of the IUCN - The World Conservation Union, member of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association and is very supportive of the behavioral research being conducted in zoos and aquariums. Her speciality is the behavior of animals. In recent years, she has become very interested in zooanthropology, the study of the relationship between humans and other animals. Her current focus is the study of the interrelationships between people and domestic animals, expecially horses, asses and mules. Her photographs appear in the book Talking With Donkeys by Mark Meyers of the Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue

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    "The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: "What good is it?" If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every part is good, whether we understand it or not. If the biota, in the course of aeons, has built something we like but do not understand, then who but a fool would discard seemingly useless parts? To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering."
    Aldo Leopold in Round River, 1953

    Dr. Donna FitzRoy Hardy
    Department of Psychology
    California State University, Northridge
    18111 Nordhoff Street
    Northridge, CA 91335-8255

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