When Species Fall Apart


Jean Langford discusses what happens “when species fall apart” in the relationships of care at primate and parrot sanctuaries. “How do we attend to the species identity of nonhuman animals living in sanctuaries, who are retired or rescued from laboratories, entertainment, or human homes?” What is most crucial to the care of creatures in such settings is less their species belonging, than their “unique histories and idiosyncrasies.” Care involves an improvised orchestration of social life—through spatial arrangements and regulation of movement—to facilitate often nonnormative, intraspecies, and cross-species intimacies.

DOI: doi.org/10.5282/rcc/7769