Yesterday we had a really exciting meeting with animal behaviourist Elaine Henley, who is advising us with our responsive animatronic An1mal. She described her experiences with elephants, gorillas and monkeys, as well the techniques she uses daily in her work with dogs and parrots. She talked us through the body language and sounds of non-human animals, introduced us to ethograms, and mocked the inaccurate behaviour of the dinosaurs in the last Jurassic Park film. It was great.
Today I read through the notes I took and sketched up this animal behaviour flow-chart to help us plan the interactions and responses we will need to programme An1mal with at a later stage.
I don't know if it's the scientific sounding words, or the big red arrows, but I've definitely convinced myself it makes sense.