North Sumatra to declare Batang Gadis forest a national park next month. "The forest is home to a variety of rare species like the Sumatran orangutan, Sumatran tiger, Sumatran rhino, Sumatran elephant and monkeys, said officials."
From December 20, 2003 through January 2, 2004, free admission for anyone 13 and younger to Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, thanks to Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania & Giant Eagle. Kids can help Zoo employees wrap the gorilla gift boxes.
Wilsonville OR elementary students make compost. "Kennedy will probably discuss the remaining issues after the holidays with a group of six fourth-graders from three classes who attended the Roots and Shoots Conference in October with chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall."
Food handouts at Hanuman festival attract locals regardless of religion. Says temple priest Avadhbihari, "ask any poor Muslim or a poor Hindu and he would say that god is the same despite his many names."
Looking to get in the news, Putnam Co., NY went on record supporting a section of the Americans with Disabilities Act, even if it means monkeys in supermarkets. "Putnam Legislator Sam Oliverio doesn't know of any disabled person in Putnam having a service monkey. But he wants the county's laws to be ready in case someone goes into a store with a monkey."
Don't forget to stock up on festive Communist ingots. "They didn't rule out the possibility that some people would maliciously rush to buy the gold bars for investment purposes. To prevent from this situation, the officials said their company has required the gold bar producer to increase the supply."
Chiquita Brands International (one of the largest banana producers in the world) will hold its second annual analyst and investor day on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003. The presentation will be accessible remotely by telephone or over the Internet.
U.N.'s Great Apes Survival Project says Ebola is finishing off the great apes, plans to spend $90 million of US money to build well-managed forestry concessions, sustainable agriculture, and integrated ecotourism programs, as well as to bolster conservation enforcement in six central African nations.
UK pair plan pole-to-pole-to-pole helicopter flight. "The pilots will make 160 stopovers on their journey to spotlight the conservation work of the World Wildlife Fund. During their stopover in Rio, they planned to visit a program to save the endangered golden lion tamarin monkey"
East African conservation groups "up in arms" over US Fish and Wildlife Service interpretation of Endangered Species Act which, they complain, "provides poor countries with no incentive to protect dying species." It's our job to stop them before they eat the last gorilla, apparently.
Tribune of India reviews state of speaking monkeys. MonkeyWatch view: on the one hand, the evidence is weak. On the other hand, Noam Chomsky's skeptical, and agreeing with him's always a poor bet. The smart monkey's lying low for now.
This is how it begins: portions of New Delhi overrun with monkeys... powerlines down...government buildings ransacked...best efforts of scientists, armed with screechy machines, to no avail...Rumsfeld remains mum...simian overlords welcomed...appeasement movement gains international support...treehuggers blame civilization, recommend return to caves, trees.
Queen of the Chimps uses foundation-funded celebrity to blame all world's problems on humans, Western culture. "If everybody acquired the standard of living the average American has, we'd need four more planets."
Update: more. Note to UT Veterinary School primate expert Dr. Edward Ramsey, quoted in previous post: "Travis runs his own bath water and prefers ice cream, wine from a tall-stemmed glass and filet mignon over bananas." Herbivorous, my ass.
Expert who hasn't seen it declares Tennessee escapee probably not a chimp, probably not killing cats. "Odds are, if it killed anything, I don't think it would kill many and it wouldn't kill repeatedly."
Reuters thinks Indian muslims are endangered by Hindus. Cause Islam's the Religion of Peace and such, ya know.
"We don't want any trouble but if there is any violence against us, we may not be able to control retaliation by misguided Muslims,'' Maulana Musannah Miyan, a leading Muslim cleric told a news conference in the city.
German "artist" to add gorilla corpse to exhibit of preserved bodies of humans, animals. "Now in Hamburg, it has had long runs in Germany and London, has toured in several countries and more than nine million people have visited it."
Boston Globe reports that Little Joe's flight from Franklin Park Zoo isn't helping Zoo New England's quest for a plusher seat at the tax trough, and that they may be forced to buck up their notably poor attempts to find private money or even do something about controlling costs.
"Sammy, a 25-year-old resident of South Bend's Potawatomi Zoo, has been painting, off and on for the past seven years." As part of their Celebrate the Chimps project, the Zoo commissioned dozens of sculptures of chimps. This one is supposed to be Sammy.
A Hindu priest performs marriage ceremonies for snakes, fish, lizards, crabs, crows, ducks, parrots, dogs, donkeys, monkeys, cows and horses. Also people. "The marriage ceremony was held for the sake of peace."