Fellow Story

Wilkinson celebrates queer animal love on NPR

This valentine’s day, Christine Wilkinson spoke with NPR’s Short Wave Podcast to celebrate queer animal love. 

The story was prompted by the discovery of two gay anteaters at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. NPR asked Christine if these high profile zoo stories are the “extent of gayness in the natural world?” 

“Oh my gosh, absolutely not,” Christine said. “We have documented thousands of species that exhibit … ways of breaking out of what we think of as the norm for animal sexual behavior, both in the wild and in captivity.” 

Christine goes on to share about the origins of her Queer is Natural series on TikTok, and a few of her favorite facts about queer animals. 

Read a shortened transcript or listen to the podcast on NPR