Do you know what zoopharmacognosy means? I didn’t, until recently. My friend Sarah Kinson told me: “Zoopharmacognosy is a behavioural science based on the observational research of animals self medicating in the wild. The term refers to the process by which animals self-medicate as they naturally forage plants for their essential oils, clay, algae and other natural remedies in the wild. It is this innate ability that allows them to be in control of their own health and prevent disease.”
So now you know, too. Sarah has trained with Caroline Ingraham and now has the letters IAZ and MICHT after her name.
I recently helped Sarah set up her blog site – it’s here – where you can read about her exploits on Jersey, in the zoo, treating a pair of Andean bears. And you can read all about these majestic animals here. As seems to be typical in this day and age, Andean bears are yet another endangered species.