This week on Animal Instinct, host Celia Kutcher speaks with Michael C. Blumenthal, a poet, lawyer, and educator who has also ventured into essays, memoirs, and fiction. His nonfiction works includes Because They Needed Me: The Incredible Life of Rita Miljo and Her Struggle to Save the Baboons of South Africa (2015), a book about a remarkable woman and how she came to play a significant role in baboon conservation in South Africa.

Michael Blumenthal


“We can’t just protect animals or love animals because they’re cute and cuddly and make a good postcard.” [31:20] – Michael C. Blumenthal