ZOOLOGY in sign language

Meaning: the study of animals.

Related signs: ANIMAL.

Deaf Culture and History: Deaf zoologist

Canadian-born Deaf zoologist Dr. Nancy Barker is a conservation scientist and safari guide.

Barker, who spent her 11+ years in southern Africa, is the first Deaf zoologist to be awarded a PhD in conservation sciences in 2022 at University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) for "her research on the concurrent spatiotemporal ecology of African lions and spotted hyenas and the potential for inter- and intraspecific interactions in semi-arid and wetland ecosystems". Ref

"I would have preferred not to have been the first one, but now that it has been done, I hope that the path has been set, and that many more will follow." -- Nancy Barker, 2022. Including Barker, each Deaf advocate of the past, the present, and the future has something small or big to pave the way further for other Deaf people who may pave the way further for the next ones.

Reading very subtle movements, body language, and other signs, that mainstream generally may miss, is natural and sensitive for many Deaf of Deaf and culturally Deaf people. "I find that I am able to understand the hidden language they speak through their bodies, by how they position themselves or indicate their intentions with a flick of the ear or a twitch in their muscles," Barker explained. This is one of some examples of Deaf gain and how Deaf perceive.

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