Tuesday, November 30, 2004

"while swinging down from a treetop"

"Gibbon-style wedding ceremony in Thailand."

"home to the world’s only viable population of the red-banded langur"

Big plans being made for Malaysia's Maludam National Park.

"10 people were bitten by lions, tigers, wolves and monkeys at the zoo"

Canada's GuZoo Animal Farm, "animal welfare group," in dispute.

"monkeys aren't the easiest animals to live with"

Motley Fool pooh-poohs simian investment advisers.

"chimps learn to use computers"

There are, it seems, many ways to pass the time in "one of the nation’s most interesting and surprising visitor destinations," Columbus, Ohio.

"there will be one sure loser in the conflict: Mother Nature"

Rwandan / Congolese military clash, mountain gorillas hardest hit.

"the mangrove swamps are famous for their proboscis monkeys"

Borneo's bat caves, encrusted with the guano of uncounted centuries, offend the nose of the delicate traveller. Bats seem to like it, though.

Monday, November 29, 2004

"we will be putting in security sensors"

Cotton-top tamarin stolen from Australia's Mogo Zoo.

"there are no monkey heads in my fridge"

Surgeon who performed monkey head transplant proposes Rosey Grier / Ray Milland redux.

"I'm sitting there in a tepid pool of my own filth"

Columnist likens healthful showers to "an angry gorilla being hosed down in his cage by the zookeeper" and advocates the tub.


Mice, it seems, "have also been altered to produce viable monkey sperm." Which I shouldn't have thought was in particularly short supply.

"I can never remember wanting to do anything else"

Great Ape Trust of Iowa: a boy and his orangutan. More here.

"A lot of work goes into caring for the chimps"

"Save the Chimps" to fill Florida with cast-off chimpanzees.

Sunday, November 28, 2004

"no specific date for the return of the primates or the number of orangutans"

Thailand to send ex-Safari World orangutans to Indonesia. Probably. Eventually.

"potential for hazards to the public and zookeepers"

Continuing problems at Binghamton, NY's Ross Park Zoo do not bode well for upcoming AZA accreditation.

"Do not be alarmed if monkeys get in the bath with you"

Hot-tubbing snow monkeys in Japan.

"a strong Rwandan Defense Force presence"

You can go see the gorillas at Rwanda's Parc National des Volcans secure in the knowledge that most tourists survive without incident.

Saturday, November 27, 2004

Friday, November 26, 2004

"17th annual ZooLights festival"

Oregon Zoo to display more than 500,000 lights illuminating life-sized animal silhouettes, for some entirely secular, never quite spelled-out, reason.

"The zoo now has seven gorillas"

Gorilla born at Franklin Park Zoo in Massachusetts. See if they can keep this one inside.

"Ethical tourism is a hot topic"

World Society for the Protection of Animals makes lists to ensure grim, dour charter trips where you're guaranteed not to be amused by animals. But you'll be virtuously bored, so you've got that going for you.

Which is nice.

"giving away single-use cameras to the first 800 children"

Yakini, gorilla at Australia's Melbourne Zoo, about to turn five.

"urging Australians to come see it for themselves"

Taking in the orangutans of Indonesia's Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre park and other local sights.

"I'm stuck with it"

Artist Lisa Roet specializes in apes.

If there are no eyes, avoid all contact

"Do not make direct eye contact with monkeys," and other useful tips for avoiding monkey menace in India.

"simian road kills are a growing worry"

Hong Kong begins posting "mind-the-monkey" traffic signs as road kills gain attention.

"what a reward to see the gorillas"

UK artist visits Uganda to see wildlife, draw pictures.

"high doses of the drug damaged some monkey brains"

Amgen withdraws experimental drug for Parkinson's disease. Patients, liability lawyers, upset.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

"invading gorillas; erupting geysers and some very mischievous hippos"

Let's strive with increased vigor to visit Hong Kong Disneyland!

Seen in June and July, this story comes around again

Dhaka Zoo, in Bangladesh, has plenty of geriatric animals, and not so much in the way of geriatric veterinary facilities.

"the team is continuing to study these mysteries"

Grauer's Scrub-warbler and Papyrus Yellow Warbler said to benefit from Mountain Gorilla conservation in Rwanda's Volcano National Park.

"I do what comes naturally"

Connecticut man trains monkey for Inherit the Wind production.

Monday, November 22, 2004

"bomb-throwing radicalism is a political non-starter"

"Armed resistance" wins Grist Magazine poll for favorite green four-year-plan. Magazine suggests it's a poor idea, not out of principle, but for practical reasons.

Grist? Puts me in mind of Argosy, True, Real, the less smutty competition for what Lileks has been cataloging in Stagworld.

Strengthen the good

The C.S. Lewis Bilingual Gymnaziumin in Bratislava, Slovakia.

"when a llama wanders into the executive lunchroom"

I think this is about more than budget cuts that might hurt Buffalo Zoo.

"Vervet monkeys are not pets"

South African wildlife rehab center tries to convince people not to keep pet monkeys.

Sunday, November 21, 2004

"they're very smooth, soft animals"

Meet, eat alligators at Florida's Gatorama. They've also got bobcats, tortoises, monkeys, and raccoons, for looking at. Not for eating.

"Animals also have feelings"

PETA and associated busybodies in India plan to be outraged by visit of Russian State Circus Company.

"We think inflammation is very important"

Thousands of rhesus monkeys and pigtail macaques help celebrate Tulane National Primate Research Center's 40th anniversary.

"I wanted to handle a tiger cub"

World Association of Zoos and Aquariums presents Heini Hediger Award.

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Friday, November 19, 2004

"some kinds of squirrels and foxes will also be prohibited"

Japan to ban three species of non-Japanese monkeys to prevent miscegenation.

"he planned to engage in a dialogue with the zoo's staff and board"

Detroit Zoo director craves attention.

"There are really no limits"

Singapore goes mad for weddings at the zoo.

"Do you ever watch those wildlife programmes on TV?"

It's not bushmeat. Perish the thought.

"if you are a chicken, a mouse, or a monkey"

Haven't we seen this story before? Why yes, I knew it looked familiar.

"a nuisance for motorists"

Monkeys on India's Kalka-Simla national highway to be relocated. Monkeys not currently on India's Kalka-Simla national highway making their own plans to relocate.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

"shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals"

Simian virus 40 in zoo workers cause for concern.

"It all started with pigs on a treadmill"

Ann Althouse sends along a pointer to this story, thus giving me an excuse to post one that I've been avoiding!

Apologies: Triticale sent the pointer to Ann Althouse, I didn't pay attention. Bad me.

"Ethiopia has a very colorful story"

Controversy about Houston Museum of Natural Science plan to exhibit Australopithecus afarensis "Lucy" skeleton.

"an excavation site near Barcelona"

Missing link found in Spain. Not news, it seems. Not a bit.

"gorilla hearts are much like human organs"

Kwashi, a gorilla at Tennessee's Knoxville Zoo, diagnosed with infiltrative cardiomyopathy.

"He’s a good chimp"

Peeping chimp terrorizes Palm Springs woman.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

"it's very sad to see the children miss out"

Australia's Whyalla wildlife and reptile sanctuary needs someone new to run the place.

"mutilated one"

Baby Colobus monkey goes on display at Denver Zoo.

"The $100 million's in the budget"

Health and Human Services wants $100 million to modernize production of flu vaccine.

"It has no meaningful contribution towards conservation"

India's Zoological Gardens, Alipore harming animals, says "People for Animals".

"Sepilok is getting overcrowded"

Wall-to-wall orangutans at Malaysia's Sepilok rehabilitation center.

"at it again"

UK man to walk backwards, in gorilla suit, for some undisclosed distance to attract attention, raise funds for Severn Hospice.

"I’m not saying that chimpanzees have morality"

Fxpert on chimpanzee behavior Frans de Waal inducted into the National Academy of Sciences.

"I want to say 'Hi' to him"

Nicholas Cage said to be interested by yetis.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

"no major incidents of animal mistreatment"

Scotland's Argyll Wildlife Park on double secret probation.

"get a photo, a certificate and a monkey toy"

Just in time for Christmas, the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection offers adopt-a-macaque without the muss and fuss of actually having one around.

"the monkeys aren't all fun"

Lop Buri, Thailand in the midst of annual monkey festival.

"Korea has a long way to go"

Queen of the Chimps Jane Goodall pesters Koreans.

"contrary to the Highway Traffic Act"

New trial for Canadian teenager convicted of in-line skating down the street dressed as a gorilla.

"To blame this on the union is totally ridiculous"

Binghamton, NY's Ross Park Zoo has reason to be concerned about upcoming AZA accreditation visit.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

"an image is already seared into her memory"

Florida woman reports "skunk ape" sighting.

"trophies of monkeys and baboons"

Trophy-hunter's collection saved from housefire by NY firefighters.

"Chimpanzees expected to arrive some time this winter"

Louisiana, mational, politicos officiate at dedication of first buildings at Chimp Haven.
"a year from now, this whole area will resonate with the hoots of contented chimpanzees"

"it may be hard for people to imagine"

Monkey Village at Arizona's Phoenix Zoo lets you mingle with monkeys, if that's your idea of a good time.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

"European fleets off the coast of West Africa"

Give a man a fish, and you've fed him for day. Don't give him one, he's off for bushmeat surprise.

"the third animal death there this month"

Endangered Sulawesi macaque, Ripley, crushed to death in freak accident at Washington, DC's National Zoo.

"supporting children around the world in their desire to make a difference"

Will Rogers never met Queen of the Chimps Jane Goodall.

"the government needs a show of force"

Brazil issues strongly-worded memos against illegal land use.

"a lively baby monkey"

Oakland Zoo gets around to mentioning the birth of a spider monkey, Minikey.

"animals cannot perform magic"

Witchcraft feared after monkey sighting in South Africa.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

"mainly living in South America"

Pictures of squirrel monkeys from China.

"Why do humans and chimpanzees have such large testes?"

Many questions are asked, but few man chew.

Adventures in translation

How best to explain that "Rescue center tends to smuggle wild animals" means something quite different than "Rescue center tends to smuggled wild animals"?

"Don't anybody talk about giant pandas"

Fresno's Chaffee Zoo to be run by non-governmental non-profit.

"This is the best kept secret up here"

California's Cinema Safari Zoo takes the animals for a walk through town.

Saturday, November 06, 2004

"the youth said he did not have any other wildlife"

Singapore's The New Paper helps catch seller of endangered animals.

"You can’t do anything to advertise your business, basically"

Granbury, Texas goes all bolshie and requires permits for giant gorilla-shaped advertising balloons.

"this year, the zoo was the main theme"

New Jarsey's Cohanzick Zoo celebrates 70th anniversary with art show. Not one of your big anniversaries, usually, the 70th.

"He is my toubab friend from England"

Gambian paper prints instructive little tale: let the English guy do it, then all will be well.

"a proactive measure"

Ohio's Campbell County considers banning exotic pets, just in case.

Friday, November 05, 2004

"We will go on an awareness campaign next year"

Malaysian group demands that Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary be recognized as a wildlife sanctuary.

"celebrating a new arrival today"

New baby chimpanzee at Baltimore Zoo.

"tourism is complex"

Forget "beach or mountain," go jungle.

"Bush meat trade threatens Liberia's biodiversity"

Seeing it spelled that way is unsettling.

"She always remembers the zoo as being a happy place"

Australia's Melbourne Zoo attempts to lure customers back. Also, there's something called a tree kangaroo, so watch the skies.

"Get into your monkey selves"

High school drama class hasn't changed any.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

"I coulda been a contender"

"I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it."

(and I'm entitled to one gloat)

Goodbye, Bobbie

Bobbie, 50-year-old chimp at New Zealand's Auckland Zoo, dead of apparent heart failure.

"more than 2,000 protected animals were confiscated"

Animal Concerns Research and Education Society comes out against exotic pets in Singapore.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

"Sam was born in 1948"

Meet Sam, an aging chimp at Sacramento Zoo.

"daring enough to enter houses to steal food"

Sleep disturbed in Borneo by "screaming monkeys on rooftops".

"occasional attacks by monkeys are not uncommon at temples"

Hundreds of children in India's Assam state attacked by temple monkeys.

Update: AP copy editor alert: Monkeys not Monkey's.

"home to a monkey species listed as endangered"

UNESCO declares two Vietnam sites World Biosphere Reserves. Pauly Shore arrival imminent.

"Nobody has been able to conduct a full survey in a decade"

Counting gorillas in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Monday, November 01, 2004

"George and John"

Twin marmosets named for Presidential candidates at Iowa's Blank Park Zoo.

"The villagers decided to have a party"

"My auntie was married to a hobbit!" says Indonesian villager.


Go, read. Via the zoo.


Fish cited as Oregon's "800 pound gorilla".

"the cashier said the suspect had a feminine voice"

Woman in gorilla mask (or gorilla in woman suit) fails to rob Ohio supermarket.

"she likes to moon the other gibbons"

Funds to be raised for gibbons in California.