Wednesday, June 30, 2004

"it was believed that horses who saw performing monkeys would be blessed with good health"

Japan's Higashi Tsukuba Utopia zoo to teach traditional monkey handling.
"Trainees will live in the zoo compounds for the yearlong course and will be given a Japanese macaque after completing their studies...The entrance fee is 300,000 yen, and monthly tuition is 150,000 yen."

"whether it is something they would like to see and be willing to pay for"

Chiquita to breed super-banana.

"small areas of dry forest and wet elfin woodland"

UNESCO adds Sumatran rainforest, four other sites, to World Heritage List. I think they get a plaque or something.

"She is an excellent, experienced mother"

Sumatran orangutan born at St. Louis Zoo.

"still not clear whether primates are ever aware of being deceptive"

The smarter, the more likely to be dishonest, say St Andrews University psychologists, who're probably both very smart.

"I wanted to bring animals here that a lot of kids may have never seen before"

One-man zoo in North Carolina looks to add monkeys.

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

"Plant the roots and see where the shoots will go"

Queen of the Chimps Jane Goodall brings indoctrination program to Mississippi.

"Life has become a nightmare"

Baboons running amok in South Africa's Glencairn.

"The zoo lost its glamour when African animals like orangutan, rhinoceros and giraffe died in 1997"

India's Dhaka Zoo looks for government money to spiff things up a bit and get some animals.

Update, long after the fact: It's in Bangladesh. Sorry for getting it wrong.

"satellite-derived map products"

Via Science Blog, European Space Agency prototypes maps of mountain gorilla habitat.

"Phase Ib/IIa double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial"

Press release touts favorable results in monkey tests of drug for Parkinson's.

"a small but diverse collection of animals"

At Washington's Cougar Mountain Zoo, roomier accomodations for lemurs, other improvements underway.

"Robots are used a lot in space"

Innocent schoolchildren taught to use Legos® to build robotic flying monkeys.

Monday, June 28, 2004

The text

The Rowland Report.

"It's his hot tub"

Rowland to keep ill-gotten hot tub, says Greenwich Time.

"Isn't this a drain of State property?"

All's not well at China's urban zoos.

"a living legend in the history of Bigfoot sightings"

Texans convene for Southern Crypto Conference.

Sunday, June 27, 2004

Unnamed sources

CT paper reports Rowland in plea deal.

"Every child gets a treat from Just Juice"

New Zealand's Auckland Zoo to celebrate removal of annoying chimps to Hamilton Zoo.

"Dogs and cats are actually quite hard work"

Demand for monkeys and other exotic pets grows in the UK.

Saturday, June 26, 2004

"he's not yet sure how people or apes will react"

Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo new Regenstein Center for African Apes gives chimps non-lethal weapons, ignores possibility of chimp MacGyver.

"I've had people say, 'Hey, I've seen those gorillas! What's that about?' "

Billboards gain gorillas in Kansas.

"Crouch or kneel down, so the gorilla is above or across from you"

Rocky Mountain News gives absurd advice on gorilla viewing in zoos.

"there are a handful of eligible females this spring"

Gorilla procurers, as well, at Colorado's Denver Zoo.

"We draw the line at eating the placenta"

Baby gorillas at Colorado's Denver Zoo.

"Open the door in the morning, and they go outside"

Gorilla Base Camp at Riverbanks Zoo, in South Carolina, stands silent now, but in less than a month there'll be some gorillas in there. Meanwhile, they got cows.

"it's easier to breed animals in captivity than to keep them from breeding"

Zookeepers can't have too many contraceptives.

"If you have a cold, you won't be allowed to go"

Washington Post gives advice on gorilla viewing. A necessarily futile attempt to get thru the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is suggested.

"It was right down the street from where I work"

Man finds brass key to win contest at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo.

"The crowd was sparse, though vendors insisted that more will be on hand today"

Tarzan enthusiasts convene in Fort Collins, CO.

Send this guy the bug letter

UK restaurant accidentally sends email to "Monkey" to unhappy customer instead.

Friday, June 25, 2004

"a gorilla at the National Zoo never had tuberculosis"

Washington Zoo gorilla doesn't have TB.

Like owls to Athens

Pakistan's Changa Manga man-made forest (originally planted and irrigated by the British to provide wood for railway engines) to get monkey house.

Why Johnny Won't Read

A picture from Universal's Curious George Movie.

"Crichton looks up to see one of the male apes heading for him in a mad rush"

Michael Crichton's cry for attention.

Press 3 to escape from enclosure

Wichita's Sedgwick County Zoo to place informational kiosk in The Downing Gorilla Forest.

"The scientists experimented with African Green Monkeys"

SARS vaccine in spritz form being tested on monkeys.

First Fahrenheit 911, now this

Chim chim to ride again.

"Then to be able to see them doing what they can do"

Lemurs up a tree in Albany, GA.

"Whether these animals exist or not, there's still a story"

Sasquatch-botherers to confer in Houston. Queen of the Chimps Jane Goodall is name-checked.

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

"the first proof of hibernation in a primate"

Madagascan fat-tailed dwarf lemur too dim to know not to hibernate in summer.

"a fruit packed with fiber, vitamin C and B6 and potassium"

Monkeys on the South Beach Diet(TM) have cause for rejoicing.

"climbed over the top of the glass wall surrounding his outside enclosure"

Gorilla escapes enclosure at Berlin Zoo. Sketchy report says recaptured without injuries.

Update: A little more detail, still pretty thin.

"a flat face, small teeth and a crest atop its head"

Profile of, and email interview with, Louis Leakey's granddaughter, Louise.

Monday, June 21, 2004

Don't go away mad, just go away!

So, Rowland's going to go, but he's going to stick out the rest of the month.

"People think I'm a fringe lunatic, but I'm a Socratic professor"

Ohio University prof uses bigfoot to teach critical thinking, or something.

Apparently, Rowland will go.

Rowland Will Go!

Fox News reports Rowland will resign, via Associated Press, no link so far.

Update: AP reports Rowland to announce resignation at 6 PM.

"prison garb and monkey masks"

PETA press release announces plans to protest medicine.

And, Rowland must go.

Sunday, June 20, 2004

"This is the first of this type of helicopter to enter service in Rwanda"

Rwanda's Akagera Aviation buys helicopters to entice lazy, yet adventurous, gorilla-spotters.

And, Rowland must go.

"this is an extremely positive move for them"

New Zealand's Auckland Zoo dumps chimpanzees on neighboring Hamilton Zoo to make room for more crowd-pleasing orangutans.

And, Rowland must go.

"We're hoping Casey gets the hang of it"

New Orleans gorilla porn. Safe for work.

And, Rowland must go.

"Captive great apes can live for more than 60 years"

A day at Florida's Primate Rescue Center, where humans visit by invitation only.

And, Rowland must to go.

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Saturday, June 12, 2004

"people assumed there was a law against keeping wild animals in houses"

Minnesota bans pet lemurs, wild cats, bears, or monkeys. Current owners are grandfathered, and can replace the animal once, so act soon.

"Murphy wanted to see dangerous snakes, alligators, wolves and wolf hybrids included in the bill, but the opposition was too great."

And, Rowland must go.

"that animal is just sitting there, as it has been for seven years"

Further delays on providing a proper enclosure for Honolulu Zoo's Rusti the orangutan.

And, Rowland must go.

Thursday, June 10, 2004

"Female ring-tailed lemurs outrank the male lemurs"

Minnesota Zoo opens "Lemurs: Ghosts of Madagascar."

And, Rowland must go.

"Orangutan, chimpanzee, gorilla, Republican?"

Queen of the Chimps Jane Goodall churns out another movie.

And, Rowland must go.

"about five miles southeast of downtown Des Moines"

Iowa to get more great apes.

And, Rowland must go.

One day closer to Planet of the Apes

"He envisioned a day when, after transplanting human stem cells into a monkey’s brain, “you walk into a lab in 2090 and the monkey says, ’Good morning.’""

And, Rowland must go.

"runners pound pell mell through urban obstacle courses"

Cheese-eating surrender monkeys plenty butch, says Tony Bridges: they've turned running away into an extreme sport.

And, Rowland must go.

"the transition from wild resources utilization"

China to protect Golden-haired Monkey, other endangered species.

And, Rowland must go.

"she gave pap smears to her dog"

North Carolina monkey abuser jailed.

And, Rowland must go.

"hundreds more remain ill with bleeding from their mouths"

Diarrhea epidemic among monkeys in India's Himachal Pradesh.

Update: more.

And, Rowland must go.

"We are getting endless streams of incoming orphans"

African ape sanctuaries to evict charges, concentrate on fund-raising.

And, Rowland must go.

"a trip to the Gobi Desert in search of the Mongolian Death Worm"

UK duo seek Sumatran yeti.

And, Rowland must go.

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

"it has a spookily human gait"

Engineers at Stanford University and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory build robotic rock-climbing lemur. Robotic rock-throwing monkey can't be far behind.

And, Rowland must go.

"People see us, and they're really surprised"

Holland, MI public school students annoy tax-payers with giant papier mache monkey, other, puppets "to express world peace." Teacher Peter Middleton's been at it a while, it seems.

Indepundit's had some things to say lately about activist teachers.

And, Rowland must go.

"Along with the gorilla went four concrete lions"

Iowa's Niabi Zoo gets 4,000-pound concrete gorilla after homeowner, etc, decide they don't want it.

And, Rowland must go.

"the infants are being cared for around the clock at the zoo's Animal Health Complex"

Golden lion tamarin gives birth to twins at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo.

And, Rowland must go.

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

"you can catch them for brief periods of time on weekdays"

Twin golden lion tamarins on limited display in Syracuse, NY.

And, Rowland must go.

"there is no documented precedence of both twins surviving"

Good: Twin mountain gorillas born at Rwanda's Parc National des Volcans.
Bad: "As the infants grow, carrying them will become increasingly challenging for the mother, potentially threatening survival." (Also, volcanoes.)

And, Rowland must go

"The new administration has said its main priority will be the problems of farmers"

Indian monkeys need not learn to forge paddock passes.

And, Rowland must go.

"Adams told the magistrates she had been looking after Cheeko for a friend"

UK woman fined £150 and banned from keeping primates for five years.

And, Rowland must go.

"its 3,200-square meter (10,499 square feet) gorilla enclosure is one of the largest urban facilities in the world"

South Africa's National Zoo gorillas must be "returned to their natural habitat, say "animal rights activists". Their natural habitat: Gorilla Haven, it seems, which "has supported the Limbe Wildlife Center for several years". (It would have killed you to round up a foot?)

And, Rowland must go.

"people live in the zoo"

India's Mahatma Gandhi Zoo animals to go somewhere else.

And, Rowland must go.

Monday, June 07, 2004

"Present were Torgbi Debra V and Mama Dewude V"

U.S. Ambassador to Ghana Mary Carlin Yates visits Volta, cuts ribbon at Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary Visitors' Center.

And, Rowland must go.

"Findings may explain mood and behavior changes in women"

Synthetic steroid hormone medroxyprogesterone acetate, widely used in contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy, makes female monkeys more angry, less horny.

And, Rowland must go.

"The situation is much more critical than we thought"

West African chimpanzees extinct in two decades, claim Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance researchers.

And, Rowland must go.

Sunday, June 06, 2004

Back in your cage, ape!

Honolulu Zoo turns down $200,000 gift for new enclosure for Rusti the orangutan until Orangutan Foundation International releases all strings.

And, Rowland must go.

"killing a monkey with a service rifle in the cow belt could have triggered a negative reaction"

Monkey half-way house to be established in Lucknow, India.

And, Rowland must go.

Thursday, June 03, 2004