SciComm Video Games |Episode 2| Horizon Zero Dawn

SciComm Video Games |Episode 2| Horizon Zero Dawn

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Ever wondered about the science behind your favorite video game characters or animals?

Wonder no more!

This brand new series, SciComm Video Games, addresses the biology, evolution, and ecology of both real and fantasy wildlife in the most popular video games out now.

Today we’re taking a bit of a different perspective than we normally would and will be using the Machines in Horizon Zero Dawn as a demonstration to answer a question.

Something I hear quite often on safaris – no, I don’t go on safaris all the time, I’m not rich – is “Can the animals recognize us on the vehicle?” I hear safari guides answering “no” to this question all the time and it is a real shame. Why? Because it’s not true!

This answer assumes that animals experience us only by sight – that couldn’t be further from reality. Non-human animals experience life in the same way we do – with sight, sound, smell, touch, taste and even by sensing magnetic and electrical fields (but that’s for another time). Their ability to sense us is not dependent on whether or not we are on foot.

People may be asking this because of the stark difference in behavior animals display when humans are on a vehicle versus off of a safari vehicle. Now, this is where the true separation lies: It’s not the animals do not see us, rather, they have different expectations of human behavior.

Remember how we discussed habituation in the first episode? Over time, animals have become habituated to human behavior and its variations in different contexts.

For instance, hunters are most likely to pursue and kill animals on foot. Because of this, animals have become more wary of humans approaching them on foot.

Whereas humans in vehicles, whether it be a safari in the great Yellowstone National Park or the wondrous Serengeti National Park, typically drive up to the animals (at a respectful distance) and sit there and stare. The latter presents no direct threat to the animals, so they will not react harshly.

The difference is not the animals’ ability to detect our presence, rather, their willingness to expend energy on a fight-or-flight response where a reaction of that nature is not entirely necessary.

You can enjoy the wildlife of both Horizon Zero Dawn and the real world with minimal disturbance by respectfully observing from a safe distance and from the safety of a vehicle.


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