The Woman Who Loves Giraffes
It was an emotional and heartwarming homecoming for renowned author, scholar, animal rights advocate and wildlife photographer Anne INNIS Dagg ’51 at the BSS premiere of her documentary film, The Woman Who Loves Giraffes.
Anne’s childhood love of animals inspired her to become a zoologist. At the age of 23, she went alone to Africa to pioneering research on giraffes. This field research resulted in many scientific papers and the book The Giraffe: Its Biology, Behaviour and Ecology (co-written with Bristol Foster in 1976). Referred to today as the “bible on giraffes” by scientists, conservation biologists and zookeepers worldwide, it is the most influential book on the species ever written. She has written 14 books and many articles about the behaviour of animals and campaigned against their cruel use in medical research. She has also championed women’s rights in academia since being denied the opportunity to become a professor 35 years ago on account of her gender. She is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo and was the recipient of the BSS Distinguished Old Girl Award in 2011 for her groundbreaking contributions.
While Anne was at BSS, she toured the school, signed some of her books, and was in total awe of the new expansion. A surprise reunion with her best friend, Mary WILLIAMSON ’51 was a wonderful moment to witness.
It was an honour to have Anne in attendance and to participate in the Q&A session with the film’s director, Alison Reid.