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Animal behavior

Identifier: Film Collection no. 92

Scope and Contents

Konrad Lorenz, foremost authority on animal behavior from the University of Muenster in Germany, discusses imprinting and animal behavior on this broadcast. A film is shown in which Lorenz separates a number of greylag goose eggs, imprinting and raising one half by himself, while the others are raised by the goose mother. Lorenz teaches the goslings to swim and fly and also learns to communicate with them. At the end of the experiment, he brings the two groups together and then calls to the geese he had raised. Those raised by Lorenz go to him as quickly as the others go to their natural mother. Lorenz also visits the "Farm in the Zoo" at the Bronx Zoo (i.e. New York Zoological Park) in a live remote transmission. He explains how he learned about animal behavior and communication through field study and experimentation.


  • 1955


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Conditions Governing Access

Not available through inter-library loan. Contact AMNH Library Spcial Collections for terms of access.


1 Film Reel (30 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 16 mm.

1 Videocassette (U-Matic (30 minutes)) : sound, black and white ; 3/4 in.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

3/4 in., U-Matic, viewing copy

Other Finding Aids

Finding aid: script.


Original format: 16mm kinescope.


Originally aired Jan. 23, 1955 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.



Charles Collingwood, host; Mel Ferber, director; Robert Northshield, producer; Jac Venza, assistant producer; Shelby Gordon, script editor; Frank de Felitta and Irwin Blacker, writers; Joan Woodward, associate director; Grover Cole, production design; Perry Miller, film research; Al Mifelow, program assistant; Jerome Bender, film editor; Sandy Bell, technical director; Myron Bleam, set director; Hal Anderson, light director; Lee Chandler, program coordinator.

Animal behavior, 1955
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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