In recent years there has been a dramatic change in how people perceive other animals. Elephants, cats, birds, and others are now understood for what science has documented – we are kin under skin, fin, feather, and fur.
Various learning-in-service programs takes this knowledge of animal sentience and empowers people to make the change for animals. We provide interdisciplinary courses, mentoring, and internships that bridge and bring together science, tribal knowledge, animal protection, and conservation. Reflecting the philosophy that learning becomes meaningful only when linked with action, our courses combine classroom learning with practical hands-on work with our many sanctuary and conservation partners.
Gay is the Executive Director of The Kerulos Center and primary instructor for all Kerulos Learning Institute courses. She holds doctorate degrees in ecology and psychology, and has published, taught, and lectured widely in these fields both in the U.S. and internationally.
Gay is the author of Pulitzer Prize-nominated Elephants on the Edge: What Animals Teach Us about Humanity, published by Yale University Press, an in-depth psychological portrait of elephants in captivity and in the wild. Her work focuses on trans-species psychology, the theory and methods for the study and care of animal psychological well-being and multi-species cultures. Her research expertise includes the effects of violence on and trauma recovery elephants, grizzly bears, chimpanzees, and parrots, and other species in captivity. [Curriculum vitae]