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Allowed to Grow Old: The Lives of Elderly Animals

Isa Leshko and Sy Montgomery
Allowed to Grow Old: Elderly Animals from Farm Sanctuaries

Understanding someone who belongs to another species can be transformative.

Whether they are some of the earth’s rarest and most beautiful animals or seemingly ordinary farm animals, animals have their own personalities and quirks—and most of all, their own dignity. Join photographer, Isa Leshko, and author, Sy Montgomery as they discuss the otherness and sameness of people and animals; the various ways we learn to love and become empathetic; and how we cope with aging and loss. As a photographer, Isa has turned her lens on elderly animals at farm sanctuaries, revealing the beauty and strength that can emerge when farm animals that are allowed to age on their own terms. Sy, in turn, has traveled the world engaging with living beings from tarantulas to tigers, her life informed by the creatures she meets. Together, they offer a compelling vision of our relationship to the diverse animals with whom we share this planet.

Isa Leshko

Isa Leshko is a photographer who focuses on themes of aging and animal rights …

Sy Montgomery

Sy Montgomery is a naturalist, documentary scriptwriter, and author of twenty acclaimed books of nonfiction for adults and children, …

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