Sunday, August 29, 2004

"There are more than 2,000 rare and endangered animals at the zoo"

Things to do in Sydney, Australia.

"a photogenic rhesus monkey, recently was born carrying the gene of a luminescent jellyfish"

Some things, man was not meant to know, says Vive le Canada columnist.

"a monkey thinks it knows how domestic animals such as goats live"

Dictatorial king of Swaziland mightily offended at being called dictator, decries republican fear & smear campaign.

Ook ook, precioussss

Andy Serkis learning from gorillas, and they from him, I suppose.

"He won't commit a further crime to further his religious views"

I believe we've seen the idiot who grabbed a marathon competitor today before. At an F1 race at Silverstone, in 2003. (Use, if needed.)

Update: Reuters playing it careful – "resembled"

More update: Oh yeah, called it!

State socialism in action

Menacing monkeys from Shimla, India to be evenly distributed across the country.

"the only pathway into the $5 million exhibit"

Atmospherically swaying suspension bridge at Wichita's Downing Gorilla Forest at the Sedgwick County Zoo stabilized.

"every veterinarian's worst nightmare"

Injured veterinarian from Miami Metrozoo visits De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Center in South Africa.

"she only took up her new habits after observing the visitors to the zoo"

Sexually frustrated chimpanzee at China's Zhengzhou Zoo takes up smoking, says Xinhua, according to Agence France-Presse.

Saturday, August 28, 2004

"The place is 100 times better than it was"

Like that of Paris, Mark Vette's zoo in New Zealand said to suffer from rodents and unsatisfactory hygiene.

"Irritable Male Syndrome"

Serotonin = sissies, say researchers

"barred from displaying lingerie"

Mullahs say "No!" to lingerie, monkeys, and hot mannequins. al-Sadr says hot monkey mannequins in lingerie not all bad.

"probably has less than a year to live"

Babec the gorilla, 24, at Alabama's Birmingham Zoo prognosis not good.

"I like the monkeys"

Man-on-the-street type filler piece at Southwick's Zoo, in Massachusetts.

They can be ninjas, they can be cowboys

Iowa's National Cattle Congress Fair PRCA Rodeo will include Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey. Hmm, wonder if they can drive for Joey Chitwood.

Friday, August 27, 2004

"Sporting excellence is not about talent"

Singaporeans are poor losers, it seems.

"a little extra scandal to keep the attendance flowing"

Off-broadway to showcase outbreak of smug "look at me being naughty" syndrome.

"a really strong role for disease"

Fragmenting forests can hurt dung beetles, monkeys, and other creatures, say conservation biologists.

"More than 20,000 Western lowland gorillas could die within months"

New Ebola outbreak feared in Congo.

"Brew at the Zoo"

Kentucky's Louisville Zoo to feature local microbrewery products at weekend fundraiser.

This day in history

August 27, 1912: Tarzan Of The Apes, by Edgar Rice Burroughs, first went into print

Thursday, August 26, 2004

"falling apart and swarming with rats"

Paris Bois de Vincennes Zoo workers strike.

"Nothing's worse than being chased by monkeys"

The extinction of the dodo is, uh, considered.

"probably not on par with world-class zoos"

São Paulo has night-time, drive-thru, zoos.

"children are virtually living in monkey fear"

South-West Delhi's Rajokri village under attack by renegade monkeys.
The monkeys had escaped from the Municipal Corporation of Delhi's cage in Rajokri Pahari while being transported to Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh about a month ago.

"a continent of incompetent layabouts"

Dominic Hilton asks "Are Europeans of less economic value than monkeys?"

Winos don't march

Via Shark Blog and Twisted Spinster, respectively, the loony left plans to provide music and cabaret for the Republican convention.

"terror in Shimla town"

India's Himachal High Court tells state government to get monkey menace under control.

"We also plan to form a group that will take care of monkeys"

Officials in Shimla, India have plans for monkeys.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

"no animal rights protests, minimal red tape and ample cash incentives"

Singapore pharma-friendly.

"the man-monkey relationship in India"

"The Policing Langur" to be featured as part of Indian film festival of serious downright dour movies that are good for you.

Monkeys in the newspapers

Sissy Willis pointed me to this Haaretz pdf with a cute photo of a baby white-faced Tamarin pestering its mom at Jerusalem Biblical Zoo.

Who needs copy editors?

Associated Press: "3 Monkeys Dies At UW-Madison Research Center".

"millions of Americans received SV40-contaminated polio vaccines"

Continuing lack of evidence for SV-40 tainted polio vaccine as cause of human cancers.

"a charismatic monkey"

Science Blog reports Vietnam's endangered (and tasty!) Delacour's langur slated for extinction.

"they can touch one another through the wire mesh"

There is no word for baboon in Welsh.

"an indication of how complex the lesser apes’ brains are"

Dysfunctional siamang family gets help at South Carolina's Riverbanks Zoo.

Thoughtfully-provided what's a siamang sidebar.

"fire department officials rescued a monkey"

Deadly floods in New Delhi. Monkey reportedly OK.

"this abruptly violent behaviour of the simians"

Experts in Vadodara, India reassure citizens that monkey attacks are part of the circle of life.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Monday, August 23, 2004

"The Million Voice Choir"

United Nations assembles cast of characters for mass sing-song while Rome burns.

"research into asthma, autism, Alzheimer's disease and AIDS"

Seven monkeys dead at California National Primate Research Center in heater malfunction.

"a Chicago artist with a fiery social conscience"

San Jose Mercury News tries and tries to gin up interest for another "it's good for you" exhibit of annoying art. (Registration required, but, good news, is back up.)

"Her work is really a cultural critique on the degradation of the environment and consumerism." You should buy some of it, apparently.

"the first slavery regime in Tibet."

Xinhua "News" Agency adds a little spin to story of Tibetan cultural event.

"Everyone has really embraced the changes"

San Mateo 4-H finale turns into California freak-show.

Strengthen the Good

Via Strengthen the Good, Hurricane Charley Disaster Relief Fund at The Gulf Coast Community Foundation Of Venice

Sunday, August 22, 2004

"People are being shot and killed"

Gorilla-trekkers well-advised to avoid Congo's Virunga National Park.

"France's deepening wine crisis"

Seems the surrender-monkeys are continuing to have problems selling wine. The word "boycott" isn't mentioned in the story, so I'm sure it must be something else.

"We will be out there again, just not this afternoon"

Health-care hating hooligans in the hoosegow.

"We believe a certain amount of biodefense work is warranted"


"sort of a fringe idea"

Ha! Turns out I'm not even big-boned: I've got a virus!

"We had the skull cut open and it still smelt"

Controversy over Professor Reiner Protsch von Zieten's work on Neanderthal man goes public.

"Simon which means snub-nosed and can be related to monkeys"

Pakistan's Daily Times discusses the etymology of "monkey" in various languages. Perhaps rather creatively.

Saturday, August 21, 2004

Cosby further vindicated

Study of one of those tribes that counts "one, two, many" shows that they're numbingly stupid people, and unteachable as adults.

"Chimpanzees have no developed spoken language"

The one surviving chimpanzee at India's Chennai Zoo is lonely.

"Just as life was beginning to get back to normal"

Screaming monkey alerts Florida couple to house fire.

"Flying with Hodgkins in a small plane was exhilarating"

Tales of the Golden Monkey recalled in obit for Maine bush pilot Kathy Hodgkins.

Hi, Miri!

UK's Twycross Zoo has new Bornean baby orangutan.

Friday, August 20, 2004

"a major embarrassment for Thailand"

Thai government to probe monkey smuggling, smugglers.

"she waited and waited for her Mr Right"

Monkey matchmaking on the web. Everyone to laugh now, please.

"Building Blocks Daycare had some special visitors"

Monkeys visit Arkansas daycare center. Havoc averted.

"The unusual infant was born to a poor family"

Monkey-girl reportedly born in Cambodia.

"They seem to really enjoy that interaction with people"

North Carolina Zoo apparently has lots of animals.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

We got gorillas that you could look at here, too, you know

Your dream vacation, the Uganda gorilla-trek, just got more expensive.

"Cambodia is also a country in which smuggled orangutans are rampant"

Thai government refuses Indonesia's demands for Safari World orangutans until DNA tests show where they're from. Indonesia fumes.

"organised attacks which last several hours"

In case Sudan didn't have enough problems, Khartoum overrun by monkey hooligans.

"not to ape the western lifestyle culture"

Malaysian Moonbat Mahathir Mohamad makes much of modern moral malaise.

"it would cost the government about $16,000 per chimp per year"

Dutch government ready to renege on promise to fund retirement resort for ex-lab chimps, charge extortion by Spanish hosts.

"spend some time in the World of Primates"

Things to do at Ireland's Dublin Zoo.

"symbolically beaten by a young woman"

Pervy ape-fanciers demand "return" of Safari Park orangutans.

"Cobby stared at me for the longest time"

Paintings of great apes at Pacific Grove, CA. Queen of the Chimps Jane Goodall is quoted.

"A global shortage of primates"

AIDS researchers need more monkeys.

"wild caught in the jungles of Indonesia"

Chicago firm pleads guilty to illegal monkey importation.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

"The study of self-medication in apes"

French and Ugandan researchers discover source of new antimalarials by watching what chimpanzees eat.

"a Roots and Shoots badge"

Queen of the chimps Jane Goodall's indoctrination now worth badge in the Brownies.

"she just didn't know what to do"

Baby colobus monkey goes on display at Portland's Oregon Zoo.

"they're no longer accustomed to sleeping outdoors"

Rescued chimps to "receive minimal educational training", live like kings in South Africa.

Monday, August 16, 2004

"I think he was pretty hungry"

Owners recover one of 15 stolen Scottish monkeys, 14 others still missing.

"The little gorilla passed up her treat of a banana creme pie"

Birthday celebration at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo.

"A monkey and about 30 people were among those arrested"

Bad juju in Nigeria.

"this type of monkey has fangs similar to a sheep dog's"

Leningrad Zoo foils attempted monkey escape.

"Does not hoot"

Do not mistake the monkey-faced eel for the monkey-faced owl.

"a group of five discovered why Bwindi is called impenetrable"

And yet, as the story makes clear, these gorilla-trekkers penetrated it as though it were Jessica Cutler.

Strengthen The Good In Florida

Ways to help out in Florida at Strengthen The Good.

"people with HIV symptoms but without HIV or SIV positive test results"

Bushmeat consumption brewing up something nasty, say experts.

"Over the long haul, zoos don't pay"

Canada's Toronto Zoo observes 30th birthday, quietly, so as not to attract too many visitors "which would drive costs up as the zoo would have to hire more staff"

Update: All was not smooth back at the beginning.

Sunday, August 15, 2004

Saturday, August 14, 2004

Friday, August 13, 2004

"Lobo Chan, a British opera singer and actor, is the latest addition"

Casting almost finished for King Kong, filming to begin in "a few weeks."

"I had always assumed I would become a mountain gorilla"

Robert Sapolsky’s A Primate’s Memoir is briefly reviewed.

"the allegation that we moved these apes away and put them back here is groundless"

36 "dead" orangutans found alive, mostly well, and "he had not intended to hide them" at Thailand's Safari World. CIA Factbook entry for Thailand has some notes on their legal system.

"transformed into millions of acres of soybeans"

New ground to be broken for nutritious soybeans, the peanut for the 21st Century.

"We're fanatical about our locks"

Washington's Woodland Park Zoo offers behind-the-scenes tours for zoo groupies.

"a primate collection, currently featuring two vervet monkeys"

Arizona's Wildlife World Zoo banking on babies.

"This is an idea that will overtake the zoo"

Wisconsin's Racine Zoo to reorganize animals by Dewey decimal system, chastise visitors.

"leaves complex relationships in tatters"

PETA letter-to-the-editor urges zoos to stop being gorilla brothels.

"This can't be a normal person"

Austrian police seek gorilla-suited hooligan, ignore obvious possibility of Alpine Yeti.

Thursday, August 12, 2004

"wants to end the breeding of animals in captivity"

PETA "official" thinks a job as director of the National Zoo would be right up her alley.

"killed three monkeys and a bird"

Indiana's Mesker Park Zoo Discovery Center makes repairs to lightning-struck building.

Monkeys not covered by HIPAA!

Monkey quarantined after biting two at Winona County Fair doing well.

"open daily 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m"

Syracuse, NY's Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park touts 10th birthday of male black and white ruffed lemurs.

"He reported himself to police before the arrest warrant was issued thus we have to release him for the moment"

Safari World owner charged with orangutan smuggling.

"The City Council voted 8-1 yesterday to accept"

Honolulu city council agrees to accept money to build proper enclosure for Rusti the orangutan.

"Do Fresno County voters want a zoo?"

Fresno's Chaffee Zoological Gardens – a zoo in crisis, and how it got there.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

"to see them comfortable in this beautiful exhibit is really rewarding for everybody"

Increased elbow-room for gorillas at South Carolina's Riverbanks Zoo.

"we can't rule out a car being used"

Scotland's Oban Zoological Park latest victim of monkey theft. Or devilishly clever monkey escape.

"about as close as you can get to the Garden of Eden"

Christiane Amanpour paints Gabon as (secular) heaven on earth. CIA isn't quite so enthusiastic.

"Many of our students hope to work in zoos"

UK's Reaseheath College seeks approval to build zoo.

"a group of trained elephants likely would have done a better job"

110 million dollars late, improvements at Los Angeles County Zoo few and far between.

What's that behind you?

Authorities can't locate Brooklyn biting monkey.

"the birth of twins is an exceptional event"

Rwanda gorilla tourists spot twin babies.

"He said that he became so addicted to heroin that eventually he was using $500 worth of smack a day"

Brooklyn biting monkey story gets weirder.

"Get Up! Get Out! Come Visit The Zoo!"

The Zoo in Forest Park, MA, invites you to see their many interesting exhibits. (The irony of a "Blue State" Massachusetts newspaper called The Republican is not lost on me.)

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

"72 percent, voted no"

Denver voters say "No!" to Queen of the Chimps Jane Goodall and her 15-year-old dogsbody. Circus can come to town!

"puts the “Wow” in science for the kid in each of us"

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry to present Discovering Chimpanzees: The Remarkable World of Jane Goodall. Hours of virtual scolding from the Queen of the Chimps, in auditorium seating.

"they consistently stayed on-task and made few errors"

Dopamine receptor helps us determine whether or not it's worth it.

"The poachers are primarily Arab gangs from northern Sudan preying on Christian black villages"

American Joe Blatz to arm Sudanese villagers to shoot poachers in Chinko River region.

"visitors can see the babies in the primate, cat and aquatics building"

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has births of Wolf's guenon and Allen's swamp monkey.
The most unique feature of an Allen's swamp monkey is their webbed toes.

"It's not rocket science"

More humans = fewer apes, say researchers.

Sunday, August 08, 2004

"gorillas don't have to worry whether we think they're cute"

Cornell University scientists seek to explain why gorillas have beady little eyes.

"He is not socially competent"

Gorillas to be hooked up with everyone but their sisters.

Saturday, August 07, 2004

"More than 50 lawyers, investigators and others were retained for the investigation"

Still a bargain, I suppose.

"Mother Teresa for animals"

The rise and fall of a Missouri animal shelter.

"It's really suspicious because last month they said the orangutans were all there"

Thai authorities investigate 41 orangutan deaths at Safari World, former home of orangutan mock boxing.

Update: New link, since Jakarta Post links are just hopeless.

"42 days is twice the maximum incubation period for Ebola"

Ebola outbreak declared over. WHO congratulates itself, 17 official victims remain dead.

"neighbors claim they see him doing yard work and call his alleged need for a helper monkey a scam"

New York health officials to expel Brooklyn biting monkey.

Friday, August 06, 2004

"simians return to consciousness with all organs working properly"

China's Shanghai Renji Hospital and Kunming Medical University announce success in reviving monkeys after depriving their brains of oxygen for ten minutes.
After 10 minutes, they added a solution at 4 degrees Celsius from the other side to decrease the brain's temperature to 16 degrees.
They do waken, of course, as brain-hungry zombie monkeys.

"wild monkey swimming pool"

A thing that doesn't say it's an advertisement for Monkey Jungle in Miami-Dade County, FL.

"One guy had a wolf that kept eating his chickens"

Oklahoma City zoo celebrates 100th anniversary, despite probability that it's older than that.

"There are no cages at Noon's facility"

Fort Pierce, Florida: say "Hi!" to 266 more monkeys. Let us know how it works out, 'mkay?

"PETA tends to shy away from admitting its links to domestic terror groups"

PETA monkey-thieves outed.

"ponies, camels, sheep, a kangaroo, a baboon, a lemur, a two-toed sloth, a couple types of monkeys and even a white Bengal tiger"

Bay City, MI will see exotic petting zoo at this weekend's Labadie Pig Gig. Mind your fingers.

"If that means sheep and spider monkeys are the major attractions, so be it"

Kent County, MI voters say "No" to new wildlife park.

"Four western lowland gorillas made their debut at the zoo Thursday"

New gorillas getting all settled in at Philadelphia Zoo.

"typical baby orange fur"

London Zoo to admit redheads for free on Sunday to get media attention for their new Asian Francois Langur monkey, Laa Laa.

"laced with a pattern of monkeys"

Oldest Taiwanese molded pottery found, in Taiwan.

Thursday, August 05, 2004

"Shredded paper appears to be the answer"

Hiding food from monkeys at Pretoria Zoo, for their own good.

"The primates have become a menace"

Kenya Wildlife Service to kill hundreds of farm-raiding monkeys. Monkeys won the initial skirmishing:
Yesterday, the residents and KWS officials who went to scare the monkeys away got a rude shock when three well armed battalions of monkeys stoned them.

"92,392 visitors"

Gorillas a big draw for Sedgwick County Zoo, in Omaha. Whether they'll get repeat visitors remains to be seen.

"now tell your date your Rhesus monkey escaped"

The value of this feature is predicated on you actually getting a date, of course.

Better that than mustard, I guess

The small noon cigar, consumed with relish.

I Got Mine, Jack

UK columnist notes that testing drugs on animals isn't perfect, demands that it be halted. No mention is made of relative effectiveness of imperfect alternatives.

Guess what the neighbors are doing!

Indiana animal sanctuary looks to expand.

"I knew there would be more problems with that animal"

Brooklyn biting monkey's earlier victims speak out.

First step towards orangutans in kit form planned

Scientists make list of next animals to be DNA-sequenced, put orangutans on it.

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Meta, meta, meta

One year, 1,500-some-odd posts, and still all the same one joke: monkeys are scary, but funny. Happy blogiversary to me!

"Please do not fool around with monkeys on roadsides"

India's Shimla district hopes to encourage monkeys to return to a more natural lifestyle.

"Infants' fur is completely white"

Colobus monkey born at Ohio's Columbus Zoo.

"You don’t see many pieces of art work that celebrate zoo animals"

Joel James Hall, this year’s artist-in-residence at Edinburgh Zoo.

but it hasn't affected my appetite!

Stop eating and live forever, say headline-hungry scientists. MonkeyWatch whole-heartedly endorses a rational alternative.

"What is Gibraltar?"

It's a tiny area

"He had been waiting since last summer for the operation"

Exotic Pet Refuge founder latest victim of UK socialized medicine.

"very powerful animals with huge teeth"

Brooklyn biting monkey had already been barred from leaving home. PETA demands that monkeys be given the vote.

"It's more dangerous guarding the park now than during the war"

Reuters says things grim in Virunga, home to 'Gorillas in the Mist.'

"the orangutans were imported illegally"

No more mock boxing for orangutans in Thailand.

"having a monkey hanging around would give you and your friends something to talk about other than vomited hairballs"

Pluses and minuses of exotic pet ownership.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

"for the female puberty, onset, at least in terms of gonadotropin secretion, is a misnomer"

Endicrinologists embargo this information from this man.

"Five monkeys from the same family have been stolen"

UK's Shaldon Wildlife Park suffers more monkey-napping, will lock door soon. Police ask that the thieves turn themselves in, as a show of fair play. One of the napped monkeys was already stolen in March.

Also, Kelham Island Brewery's Pale Rider wins Great British Beer Festival.

"Mama, I scared, monkey"

Some updates on the Brooklyn monkey bite incident.

AP story says monkey owner suffers from emphysema and poor circulation.

"competing against other hominids became the driving force"

Profs say humans evolved huge brains to put one over on relatives.

Goodbye, Sylvia

Ohio's Columbus Zoo euthanizes gorilla.

the Elkton, Md., resident, who often refers to the chimpanzees as her "sons."

Wilmington, Delaware, take a lesson from Ocean City, MD: monkeys in costumes will draw the wrong kind of audience, if any.

"Think tobacco"

Blumenthal says lights out to capitalism.

"triggers an autoimmune response causing the body to attack itself"

Whole-virus SARS vaccine no help at all.

"the more Spain has bullied Gibraltar, the more it has resented its big neighbor"

Taipei Times notes Spain's unilateral whining about Gibraltar, home to Barbary Apes. Boo-hoo.

Monday, August 02, 2004

"young macaques and humans have similar cognitive development"

If University of Washington's Infant Primate Research Laboratory early learning experiments turn out to apply to humans, soon teachers will be able to apply all their time to lobbying for salary increases.

"Get your kid away from my monkey!"

2-year-old Brooklyn boy bitten by helper monkey. Paraplegic owner says kid was yanking monkey's fur, boy's grandparents say little angel was blameless. I bet they say that a lot.

Atlas Line, bad faith, etc

Via Babalu Blog, Atlas Line is still holding the $30,000 from Chief Wiggles.

"it will soon be time for her to leave her group to start a family of her own"

Mountain Mists: A Story of the Virungas, for young impressionable readers, has its jacket blurb reviewed.

Or reproduced.

Or some damned thing.

New logo probably not far behind

Washington's troubled National Zoo to reinvent self, stress diversity.

Sunday, August 01, 2004

"all the captured monkeys had been freed into the Danum Valley forest reserve"

Authorities in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, take NIMBY approach to monkey hooliganism and, surprise, things just get worse:
Meanwhile, an alert has been raised in Kota Kinabalu after residents claimed to have spotted two crocodiles in a monsoon drain near the state museum on Saturday.

Go ahead...squeeze the wheaze

"It comes in pints?" makes a connection that'd escaped me.

"do you like to shoot monkeys?"

Online monkey-shooting for PlayStation promised.

We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good

Fresno's Chaffee Zoo argues for one-tenth-cent sales tax increase, current rates here, to be sent to them. Controlling expenditures, raising ticket prices, and asking for contributions would cut into junket time, I guess.
Since 2000, Fresno County voters have twice turned back sales tax increases that would have benefited the zoo. Both received more than half the vote, but sales tax measures -- such as Measure Z -- require two-thirds approval to pass.
No vote is final until it gets the desired result. Then it's forever, until it's time to raise the rates.

"only time will tell if their efforts will pay off"

Infant Care Unit for orangutans at Bukit Merah Laketown Resort, Malaysia.