Survival—Animal Style

Dec 4, 2011

How do you reduce stress when you’re in the middle of the jungle, only twenty inches long from head to foot, and birds of prey have got their beady eyes prowling for ya? Well, the tufted capuchin, a New World primate from South America, rubs urine on its hands and feet (oh, yeah, and it’s good for attracting a mate, too).

Instead of screaming during your next trip to Knotts Scary Farm, maybe select the cheetahs’ version—yowling. When’s the last time you tried that?

Angry? Wouldn’t it be cool if your skin changed with your moods, turning red or yellow like the panther chameleon? Everyone would know to back off just by looking at you!

These animals, as well as dolphins and killer whales, are the subjects of Challenges of Life a high-definition documentary that explores the complex and incredible things these wild creatures must do in order to survive and reproduce. This film will be presented on December 10th at Caltech as a part of their Science Saturdays series. Ronnie Bryan, a graduate student in computation and neural systems at Caltech will introduce the film and guide a post-screening discussion.

Recommended for children from the age of 8 and up.

Challenges of Life
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m.
Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium
Michigan Avenue, south of Del Mar Blvd.
Tickets: $5 (unreserved seating)
For more info, call the Caltech ticket office at 626.395.4652.



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