Saturday, December 31, 2005

“The star orangutan looks for his better half!”, a Chinese government blog advertising the need for a mate for Leshen, a six-year-old Sumatran orangutan at Hongshan Forest Zoo.

“Clowns give me the creeps”

How (and why!) coulrophobes want to stop Sarasota, FL officials from filling the sizewalks with 70 life-sized fiberglass clowns.

Friday, December 30, 2005

“on exhibit with their mothers”

Golden cheeked gibbon and Kikuyu colobus monkey born at Los Angeles Zoo in December.

“one of the alpha males of primate research”

A positive review of Frans de Waal's Our Inner Ape: The Best and Worst of Human Nature

“Bwana was such a gentle gorilla”

Fond memories of gorilla doings at the San Francisco Zoo.

“horse pipes”

Conservationists in Kenya build ladder-like monkey bridges to keep monkeys from being struck while crossing the busy highways below. Bridges are pictured here.

“leap several feet out of the water and grab birds or monkeys out of trees”

The Georgia Aquarium has Arawanas, but no monkeys for them to grab.

“bit at least 25 people”

Monkey runs amok in Maharashtra, India.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Monday, December 26, 2005

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Someone else's tax dollars at work

Australian government to retire Perth Zoo's $17.6 million debts. Perth Zoo to begin accumulating new debt.

“fraternity members”

Return of the Giant Inflatable King Kong.

Ten years ago today

Gorillas, orangutans, gibbons and lemurs die in fire at Philadelphia Zoo.

“two gorillas and 10 tigers died in the Zoo”

Retired Curator of Mysore Zoo blames Forest officials for late-1970's animal deaths.

Friday, December 23, 2005

“Romina is very protective but loves to show him off”

Romina, 25-year-old western lowland gorilla at UK's Bristol Zoo, recipient of successful cataract surgery, a good mother to her 7-month-old son, Namoki,

“just before midnight — Greenwich Mean Time”

I question the timing!

“He may be sourcing food from within the zoo somewhere”

Australia's Western Plains Zoo locked down in search for (human) murderer.

“The menace of monkeys claimed the life of a villager”

Indian man dies after falling from tree while defending house from monkey attack.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

“I learned many things”

Skills transfer for African veterinarians at Maryland Zoo's Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project.

“this date in history”

December 23, 1956: Ohio's Columbus Zoo welcomes the first birth of a captive-born gorilla

“Come on, Kiki, let's go home”

King Kong an excuse for a couple of gorilla anecdotes.

“that’s when we discovered it was missing”

33-foot inflatable King Kong swiped from Springfield, MO theater roof.

“Monkey Claus is coming to town”

Katrina evacuee philanthropist to distribute sock monkeys in New Orleans.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

It aint sanitary!

Via Possumblog, eeyew.

Your tax dollars at work!

Geneticists refine time of divergence of human and chimpanzee lines to 5 to 7 million years ago. Cladists remain mum (and smug).

“Kudlo, the monkey man”

Monkey-impersonator a local attraction in Puranapanj, India.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

“Zoo researchers document menopause in gorillas”

I did not know that.

“choked by her school hat cord from monkey bars”

Nanny-state seen as not all-knowing in antipodean shocker. Further rule-making seen as solution.

“Josef Stalin wanted to develop a super army”

Murderous and stupid.

“he had gone to see a particular type of chimpanzee”

Safari-bound candlemaker snuffed.

Monday, December 19, 2005

“That's not how they behave!”

Primate supervisor for the Rio Grande Zoo says King Kong no documentary.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

“It looks like an Ernst Wilhelm Nay”

Art “expert” is mocked.

“far too seriously”

King Kong audiences charged with racism, homophobia.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Friday, December 16, 2005

“supplying Schatten with eggs that had been illegally obtained”

U.S. mad scientist fears South Korean counterpart may be bad apple that spoils the barrel for him.

“nocturnal attacks on children and elderly by these nasty creatures”

Monkeys seize territory, demand autonomy, in disputed Indian-admininistered Kashmir.

“such acts will not be tolerated”

Seven Indonesian orangutans rescued from show business in Malaysia.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

“volcano rabbit and monkey-faced bats”

I find it difficult to muster much sympathy for a species, endangered though it be, that's evolved a survival stategy of living only on the slopes of four volcanoes.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

“male monkeys like to play with toy cars”

Monkeys show gender differences in toy preferences, research finds

I didn't know monkeys had gender, but they sure have sex!
(Ba-dum Dum)

“see what happens when the chimpanzees are put to bed”

New Zealand's Wellington Zoo to celebrate “The Truth about Great Apes week” and King Kong cross-promotion festival.

“the Bill would also allow a prohibition affecting zoos”

Royal Scottish Zoological Society and Edinburgh Zoo express concern that Scottish Parliament wants “counter-productive and overly bureaucratic” authority to ban some species.

“osteoarthritis in the hinge on the right side of his jaw”

Successful surgery on Motaba the gorilla at Australia's Melbourne Zoo.

Hey! Google News carries Joe Gandelman now

No Reel Apes campaign pleased that King Kong features no real apes.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Monday, December 05, 2005

“a large leaf obscured the creature’s face”

WWF announces the discovery of previously-unknown (to them) carnivore in Borneo. Details remain a bit murky:
The pictures show an enigmatic, red-furred creature with tiny ears and distinctive markings. The leaf that obscures its face makes it impossible to say if it has a pointed snout like a dog or fox, or a flat face like a cat. A second photo, from behind, shows it to have a long, bushy tail rather like a fox, and large hind legs. It is slightly larger than a domestic cat.
They want it declared endangered.

Update 12/06: Invasive Species Weblog wonders if it might be an invasive species.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

“most VHF is zoonotic”

Congo Viruses: Marburg, Ebola, Lassa, Crimean-Congo, and more. What to worry about during lapses in your avian flu obsession.

“no one has scientifically proved that baby animals are soothed by nestling in real fur”

Even if you're probably a loony, not everything you do is guarenteed to be harmful.

“python in search of a monkey meal”

Snake photographer wins seven of eight categories of International Herpetological Symposium photo awards.

“an 800-pound gorilla in the room”

Showtime's “Sleeper Cell” to do for (fictional) terrorists what “The Sopranos” did for gangsters.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

“nicknames like The Beak, The Gorilla and The Doctor”

EU hoodlums feel threatened by Bulgarian gangsters.

"No Reel Apes"

Daryl Hannah to join Queen of the Chimps Dr. Jane Goodall in calling for an end to the use of great apes in entertainment.