Anne Innis Dagg

About Anne

Anne is an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo connected with Women's Studies. Anne's academic interests over the years have included: Ontario mammals; giraffe and Africa; gaits of mammals; sexual bias in behavioural biology; feminism especially in academia; a historical study on Canadian women non-fiction authors and their books; sociobiology; animal rights; animal behaviours; aggression and human evolution. Curriculum Vitae


Independent Studies Program, University of Waterloo
email: adagg {at}

News and Media

International Science Award named In Anne's Honour

Poster from Conference
Anne attended the 2016 Giraffid Conference in Chicago in May along with 160 other people interested in giraffe, mainly giraffe researchers and giraffe keepers in zoos around the world. She was excited to be at Brookfield Zoo because it was here, in 1936, that she saw her first giraffe and became enamoured of them when she was three years old. Since then she has become a scientist who has written numerous scientific papers and five books about giraffe. At the conference she was honoured with the “Dr. Anne Innis Dagg Excellence in Giraffe Science Award”; this award will be presented at each conference in the future to an individual who has done stellar work with giraffe; this year it was Dr Zoe Muller from Great Britain and the Rothschild’s Giraffe Project in Soysambu, Kenya.

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...and a new children's book on the way

Smitten by Giraffe: My Life as a Citizen Scientist

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"When Anne Innis saw her first giraffe at the age of three, she was smitten. She knew she had to learn more about this marvelous animal. Twenty years later, now a trained zoologist, she set off alone to Africa to study the behaviour of giraffe in the wild. Subsequently, Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey would be driven by a similar devotion to study the behaviour of wild apes. In Smitten by Giraffe, the noted feminist reflects on her scientific work as well as the leading role she has played in numerous activist campaigns."

McGill-Queen's University Press

New Documentary on Anne by filmmaker Alison Reid in Development: Smitten By Giraffes

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"The true story of Anne Innis Dagg, a twenty-three year old zoologist, who blazed the trail to South Africa in 1956 to pursue her life's love: giraffe.."

Nov 5, 2015     Anne on CBC TV's The Nature of things     Giraffes:   The Forgotten Giants

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"Anne Innis Dagg: Canadian giraffe researcher was a scientific pioneer"


Urgent Message from John and Jacob. Please Help

One of the giraffe races in particular need of help is the beautiful reticulated giraffe, which is native to the northern rangelands of Kenya. Reticulated giraffes have declined by a staggering 80% since the turn of the millennium, largely because of poaching for meat. Insecurity, poverty and hunger are widespread in the region and automatic weapons from long-running conflicts in neighbouring Somalia and South Sudan have greatly increased the pressures on both human and wildlife populations. John Doherty and Jacob Leaidura of the Reticulated Giraffe Project are working with local people to try to stem the disappearance of reticulated giraffes and you can help them. For more information please visit:

Wild Journey: The Anne Innis Story
on CBC Radio's IDEAS program

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"At the age of 23, Anne Innis was the first person to study African wildlife in its natural habitat. She blazed a trail that was distinctly Canadian, like her father, the political economist, Harold Innis. Sandy Bourque's documentary, told through Anne's eyes, is the story of one woman's courage and determination to study wild giraffe in South Africa in the 1950s. She offers a provocative witness to the terrible ease and disturbing normality of what would later come to be known as apartheid."

Canadian Broadcasting Company

Zoologist celebrated for sticking her neck out
University of Waterloo Daily Bulletin

Anne is kissed by Giraffe

Professor Anne Innis Dagg of Waterloo’s Independent Studies program was the guest of honour at the first birthday party for a pair of rare twin reticulated giraffes, Wasswa and Nakato, born at the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch near San Antonio Texas.

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

Intervew with TheRecord March 09, 2012
on Anne's book "Animal Friendships"

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"In a new book, Animal Friendships, published by Cambridge University Press, Dagg shows how animals benefit from friendship. They share food, alert one another to danger, support each other in conflict, share information, improve the other's status and reduce emotional distress. Sounds a bit like humans, doesn't it, she says."

Anne was a Senior Academic Advisor
at uWaterloo's Independent Studies program

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Anne was a central figure in the Independent Studies program at the University of Waterloo since 1978. It was an amazing program in which highly motivated students designed and pursued their own curriculum.

Independent Studies, uWaterloo

2011 DOGA award at
Bishop Strachan School

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"For a published author of 18 books and a self-described zoologist, feminist, author, animal rightist and wildlife photographer, this year's Distinguished Old Girl Award recipient, Anne Innis Dagg, is surprisingly down to earth. Chatting by telephone on a Sunday afternoon, Ms. Dagg is good natured and modest as we discuss topics ranging from her days at BSS, studying giraffe in the wild, the challenges faced by women in academia and her introduction to apartheid in South Africa."

Bishop Strachan School