Rachel Garner is creating Why Animals Do The Thing!
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patrons

$289
per month
Why do animals do the thing?

Have you ever:

  • Watched a video where a dog or cat does something unusual and had no idea why it was doing that behavior? 
  • Wished you knew how to tell if those exotic animals being handled for Youtube videos are actually safe and healthy? 
  • Wondered what the real story is behind the newest sensational media piece about captive animals?
  • Encountered a wild animal that appears to be injured and not been sure how to handle the situation or who to call to take care of it?
  • Had a question about animal behavior, cognition, domestication, evolution, or anything else vaguely related that you just don't know how to start finding the answer to?

 Why Animals Do The Thing is here to help! 

Why Animals Do The Thing is a freelance science education effort that is dedicated to providing the public with factual, unbiased information about "everything animals." WADTT exists because I believe the public deserves education about animals that is presented in accessible language, informed by inter-disciplinary dialogue and current scientific research - and to be trusted to draw their own informed conclusions when provided with the facts.

The Why Animals Do The Thing Tumblr is one of the largest animal science blogs on tumblr - with over 32,000 subscribers who value straight-forward and accurate education - and was founded to increase the general public’s breadth of animal-related knowledge and teach them to think critically about situations that involve animals. The blog content is comprised of my extensive original work and features content from other animal professionals, as well as the discussions that evolve from those posts.

My original content on Why Animals Do The Thing contextualizes animal topics for readers while also teaching critical-thinking and research skills that allow them to learn to accurately assess media for themselves. The specific subject matter covered on the blog varies daily, but frequently touches on subjects such as the fundamentals of ethology, animal cognition, best practices in both domestic and exotic animal management, the effects of anthropomorphism, and animal-related current events. My writing utilizes a combination of my professional experiences, extensive research, and interdisciplinary dialogue to create nuanced breakdowns of complex topics that are intentionally accessible to people of all education and experience levels.

Tumblr is a unique blogging platform that works beautifully for this sort of educational effort: it allows my posts and the discussions they generate to seamlessly become part of a follower's feed, and each time a reader shares a post it spreads to the feeds of everyone they interact with on the site. In addition, the built-in public messaging system is used to answer reader questions on a wide range of animal related topics, the reblog system allows me to boost educational content from other authors to my readership without having to repost the content, and the nested comment mechanic facilitates discussions and collaboration among readers and other animal bloggers. Why Animals Do The Thing is successful because of how much unique expertise is accessible through the dialogues I facilitate there: we frequently count scientists, graduate students, animal trainers, dog breeders, zookeepers, animal nutritionists, wildlife rehabilitators and more among those who contribute to the discussions. 

Posts on Why Animals Do The Thing reach people of all ages and backgrounds - including many demographics that are hard to otherwise target on social media for explicitly educational content. Why Animals Do The Thing is much more than just a resource that people seek out when they want to learn more about animal media; it becomes part of their daily social media experience. My posts draw people in with cute animals and fascinating facts and encourage readers to think critically about what they encounter on the site, ask questions, and get involved in a community of animal-loving peers. It's an addictive way to learn, and I want to continue to facilitate that for my readers as a full-time job. 





Tiers
Supportive Sloth!
$1 or more per month 53 patrons
You'll get a shout-out on the blog for being a patron, a nifty hand-written note on one of our beautiful Supportive Sloth postcards mailed to your door, and access to a slew of patron-only interactions. You'll get to help choose new article topics, get access to book reviews, and see anecdotes from the author about her adventures with animals!

After you've accumulated 5$ or more in lifetime pledges, you'll get one of our nifty WADTT banner stickers! 
Inquisitive Ibis!
$5 or more per month 19 patrons
For about the price of a cup of expensive chain-store coffee, you get to ask questions directly through Patreon! The blog gets hundreds of questions a week, so this is a great way to get your specific questions addressed quickly. 


You also get an Inquisitive Ibis postcard, WADTT banner sticker, and access to all lower-tier patron-only content!


Academic Angelfish!
$10 or more per month 7 patrons
This is a great level to pledge to support the intense research and writing that goes on at WADTT if you're into subsidizing solid science.  You'll get access to exclusive updates on ongoing research projects and cool new science the author has encountered! 


You'll also get an Academic Angelfish postcard, WADTT banner sticker, and access to all lower-tier patron-only content. 

Donor Dromedary
$15 or more per month 6 patrons
WADTT wouldn't exist without the contributions of folk who want to support our educational endavors. This tier gets you access to all patron-only posts, (2) WADTT stickers, and one of our beautiful Donor Dromedary postcards, and you get the privilege of being able to suggest topics for new blog posts or major articles! 
Goals
$289 of $500 per month
Let's make WADTT a sustainable educational endeavor! Getting to $500 a month would go a long way towards WADTT being a legitimate freelancing gig, rather than a side hustle I happen to adore. If this goal is reached, I'll be able to legitimately dedicate 10 hours a week - the equivalent of a real part-time job - to creating content, answering questions, and researching larger pieces. WE REACHED THIS GOAL!
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Why do animals do the thing?

Have you ever:

  • Watched a video where a dog or cat does something unusual and had no idea why it was doing that behavior? 
  • Wished you knew how to tell if those exotic animals being handled for Youtube videos are actually safe and healthy? 
  • Wondered what the real story is behind the newest sensational media piece about captive animals?
  • Encountered a wild animal that appears to be injured and not been sure how to handle the situation or who to call to take care of it?
  • Had a question about animal behavior, cognition, domestication, evolution, or anything else vaguely related that you just don't know how to start finding the answer to?

 Why Animals Do The Thing is here to help! 

Why Animals Do The Thing is a freelance science education effort that is dedicated to providing the public with factual, unbiased information about "everything animals." WADTT exists because I believe the public deserves education about animals that is presented in accessible language, informed by inter-disciplinary dialogue and current scientific research - and to be trusted to draw their own informed conclusions when provided with the facts.

The Why Animals Do The Thing Tumblr is one of the largest animal science blogs on tumblr - with over 32,000 subscribers who value straight-forward and accurate education - and was founded to increase the general public’s breadth of animal-related knowledge and teach them to think critically about situations that involve animals. The blog content is comprised of my extensive original work and features content from other animal professionals, as well as the discussions that evolve from those posts.

My original content on Why Animals Do The Thing contextualizes animal topics for readers while also teaching critical-thinking and research skills that allow them to learn to accurately assess media for themselves. The specific subject matter covered on the blog varies daily, but frequently touches on subjects such as the fundamentals of ethology, animal cognition, best practices in both domestic and exotic animal management, the effects of anthropomorphism, and animal-related current events. My writing utilizes a combination of my professional experiences, extensive research, and interdisciplinary dialogue to create nuanced breakdowns of complex topics that are intentionally accessible to people of all education and experience levels.

Tumblr is a unique blogging platform that works beautifully for this sort of educational effort: it allows my posts and the discussions they generate to seamlessly become part of a follower's feed, and each time a reader shares a post it spreads to the feeds of everyone they interact with on the site. In addition, the built-in public messaging system is used to answer reader questions on a wide range of animal related topics, the reblog system allows me to boost educational content from other authors to my readership without having to repost the content, and the nested comment mechanic facilitates discussions and collaboration among readers and other animal bloggers. Why Animals Do The Thing is successful because of how much unique expertise is accessible through the dialogues I facilitate there: we frequently count scientists, graduate students, animal trainers, dog breeders, zookeepers, animal nutritionists, wildlife rehabilitators and more among those who contribute to the discussions. 

Posts on Why Animals Do The Thing reach people of all ages and backgrounds - including many demographics that are hard to otherwise target on social media for explicitly educational content. Why Animals Do The Thing is much more than just a resource that people seek out when they want to learn more about animal media; it becomes part of their daily social media experience. My posts draw people in with cute animals and fascinating facts and encourage readers to think critically about what they encounter on the site, ask questions, and get involved in a community of animal-loving peers. It's an addictive way to learn, and I want to continue to facilitate that for my readers as a full-time job. 





Recent posts by Rachel Garner

Tiers
Supportive Sloth!
$1 or more per month 53 patrons
You'll get a shout-out on the blog for being a patron, a nifty hand-written note on one of our beautiful Supportive Sloth postcards mailed to your door, and access to a slew of patron-only interactions. You'll get to help choose new article topics, get access to book reviews, and see anecdotes from the author about her adventures with animals!

After you've accumulated 5$ or more in lifetime pledges, you'll get one of our nifty WADTT banner stickers! 
Inquisitive Ibis!
$5 or more per month 19 patrons
For about the price of a cup of expensive chain-store coffee, you get to ask questions directly through Patreon! The blog gets hundreds of questions a week, so this is a great way to get your specific questions addressed quickly. 


You also get an Inquisitive Ibis postcard, WADTT banner sticker, and access to all lower-tier patron-only content!


Academic Angelfish!
$10 or more per month 7 patrons
This is a great level to pledge to support the intense research and writing that goes on at WADTT if you're into subsidizing solid science.  You'll get access to exclusive updates on ongoing research projects and cool new science the author has encountered! 


You'll also get an Academic Angelfish postcard, WADTT banner sticker, and access to all lower-tier patron-only content. 

Donor Dromedary
$15 or more per month 6 patrons
WADTT wouldn't exist without the contributions of folk who want to support our educational endavors. This tier gets you access to all patron-only posts, (2) WADTT stickers, and one of our beautiful Donor Dromedary postcards, and you get the privilege of being able to suggest topics for new blog posts or major articles!