Friday, June 30, 2006

“most tourists that view them flout the regulations”

Spotty gorilla-tourists said to risk infecting Bwindi gorillas with airborne disease.

Timing is everything

Hard on the heels of the SWIFT loose-lipping, Newspaper Association of America argues for S. 2831, the Free Flow of Information Act of 2006, a federal “shield” law, vital to maintaining the flow of information to the public. Friendly or otherwise.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

“18 monkeys stolen from zoos rescued”

Monkey-stealing ring nabbed with the goods in UK.

“the science of ape intelligence”

Executive shake-up at Great Ape Trust of Iowa.

“very prominent facial markings”

Colorado's Denver Zoo announces June 10 birth of red-capped mangabey.

“visitors flock to the area”

Banno the monkey a mean drunk:
The owner of the beer shop, Rajesh Singh, admits that Banno helped raise his sale figures. People visit the site just to see the monkey drinking beer. ‘‘But now, she has been hitting business as she has injured at least half-a-dozen people in the last few months,’’ he says.
Call in the lawyers!

“native to the forests of central and eastern Africa”

Indiana's Fort Wayne Children's Zoo proud to show de Brazza's monkey born this week.

“the world's smallest primates”

Tiny marmoset on the loose captured/rescued in East Palo Alto, California.

“I have returned”

The Jawa Report is back.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

“definitely have a chimp’s sex swellings”

Last year's “new species of ape” now instead seen as a bunch of fat chimpanzees with mohawks.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

“I hope nobody gets drunk and hits it”

When in Indiana for this weekend's United States Grand Prix, find time to see Alvin Probasco's 2,500-pound limestone gorilla.

Monday, June 26, 2006

“It's a very clever animal”

Wily baboon in South Africa's Cape Town outsmarts SPCA officials.

Update: Wilier and wilier.

“They try to French kiss you”

Arizona woman makes and adventure holiday of fostering baboons in South Africa.

What do you get for a thing like that?

Uganda Museum to open Great Apes Survival Project exhibition to sensitise the public about gorillas and chimpanzees

“location reported to farmers by e-mail on their cellphones”

Japan's Nippon Telegraph and Telephone West Corp. to begin chipping monkeys to let farmers know when their fields are being raided.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

“Maybe if you say please”

That's clever, Hans!

“hearts and minds”

Sierra Leone's Awareness Times reports sighting of Bruno and his remaining gang of dissident chimpanzees.

“a court-ordered inspection of the refuge”

While your foolish European seeks to make irrational law (thanks to Harvey of Bad Example), here in the US the courts will do it for us!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

“Monkeys, livestock and reptiles will not be allowed...”

and neither will people without pets, at Palm Beach, Florida's animal-people storm shelter

Microcebus mittermeier, M. jollyae,  and M. simmonsi

International Journal of Primatology confirms: more lemur species, and all endangered. I think splitters are run amok here and will continue to split until each individual is its own extinct species.

“open the floodgates”

Jane Goodall, PETA loons, and a crew of assorted do-gooders fear that if Yerkes National Primate Research Center is permitted to use endangered mangabeys (which they've raised from birth) in AIDS research, they'll want to do it again to cure smallpox and dengue and ebola and goodness knows what else.

“Karl Rove’s dingo ate my baby”

New screedblog!

“Sheriff's Deputies are on the hunt”

Monkey reported running loose in Forest Park, Ohio.

Update: No monkey spotted, hoax suspected, copycats feared.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Monday, June 19, 2006

“the lemur is one of the friendliest animals at the zoo”

Lemur escape plot foiled at Detroit Zoo.

“some people are going to hate it”

Sahelanthropus tchadensis,  the earliest known hominid fossil, no such thing at all, just some ape going on all fours, say University of Michigan anthropologists.

“Unripe fruit carries insect larvae”

Monkeys consider past weather conditions when deciding where to find what to eat, researchers declare.

“we have collected faecal samples from orang-utan individuals”

Your orangutan likes to stay close to home, researchers say.

“has every tooth in his head”

What Cheeta the chimpanzee gets up to, when he's at home and when he's out and about.

“a spate of thefts of small monkeys in the UK this year”

Five monkeys missing from UK's Drusillas Zoo Park in apparent monkeynapping.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

“injecting millions of human brain cells into the heads of monkeys”

Coming to you soon from a sunnier clime: the orangu-man, dancing monkeyboy, and girl-rilla.

“absurd moral reductionism”

Bioethicist Wesley J. Smith opposes Spanish legislation that would grant human-type rights to apes, legislation
whose ultimate goal is the implementation of a broad animal liberation agenda that would eventually elevate all mammals to moral equality with humans.

“including rambutans, durians and mangosteens”

46th birthday for Ah Meng, orangutan at Singapore zoo. The article claims she's “the oldest orangutan living in captivity” but only days ago Nonja, orangutan at Florida's Miami Metrozoo, turned 54.

“like highland bandits”

Pakistani family in Saudi Arabia has picnic spoiled by baboons.

it's always something with these people

Palm oil thirst seen as orangutan's bane.

“I thought I was going to die”

Never never turn your back on a chimpanzee.

“he did not rule out having it killed”

He's not a bad chimpanzee, your honor. He's just misunderstood.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

thousands cheer

Whittle posts!

“Twelve baby gorillas were given names”

“Big Ben” the big name among those at this year's gorilla naming ceremony in Rwanda.

Friday, June 16, 2006

“we are not sure whether Ugandans sell or eat them”

Uganda-Congo border a hot zone for the ape trade.

“Gus took over all parental roles for Tucker”

Siamang father at Indiana's Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is a good dad.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

“an unusual season”

Baby gorilla will be among the honorees Saturday at “Baby Shower” at Boston's Franklin Park Zoo.

“a working formula for world peace”

Jabbering away in some foreign lingo, watching a monkey drink Fanta.

“oldest captive orangutan in the world”

Nonja, Sumatran orangutan at Florida's Miami Metrozoo, turns 54.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

“they should not be used as pets”

In Malawi, the green monkey's best friend.

Fixed link

“this risk is remote and should be ignored”

Australia taken to task for not importing cheap foreign bananas during their own serious banana shortage.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

“Visitors can join him as free cake and ice-cream will be provided”

Hank, chimpanzee at Tennessee's Chattanooga Zoo, turns 38 on Saturday.

“Actions Speak Louder”

Apparent bad faith from publisher Hachette Filipacchi in use of photos stolen from Michael Yon.

“holed up in a walnut tree”

Ape-fancier Daryl Hannah thwarted in land-grab attempt.

“sort of a speciation machine”

Madagascar's lemurs: an embarrassment of riches.

This way we don't offend anybody

Scientists at State Museum of the Rhine in Bonn re-envision Neanderthal as Swiss.

“beggars or landless labourers”

Rwanda's Batwa hunter-gatherers said to be in near-slavery after land is seized for gorilla habitat.

“cabaret and street theatre”

Monkeys at UK's Bristol Zoological Gardens throw gala housewarming to new enclosure. Refreshments will be served.

“They’re giving it to the monkey”

New York's last organ grinder and his monkey.

Monday, June 12, 2006

“we are appealing to the charity of these fruit exporters ”

Peta loons try to put the touch on India's fruit exporters. (I note that India hasn't exported macaques since 1978. Why doesn't Peta extort some mangoes from their Chinese friends?)

“People didn't understand me”

Monkeys approve of Hanuman festival in India's Uttar Pradesh.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

“He is very American”

He's not a bad monkey, your honor. He's just misunderstood.

“the incident required no further action”

Formula One race-car driver David Coulthard apologizes for referring to rival Juan Pablo Montoya as a chimpanzee in a zoo.

“Better call an ape lawyer”

QandO blog exhibits US speciesism in telling the tale of human rights for non-human primates in Spain.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

“only a "ridiculous or distorted society" could propose such a law”

Reservations are expressed about plans by Spain's political elite to extend human rights to great apes.

“the two monkeys are very old”

On the aging zoo population of Thiruvananthapuram, India.

“he appeared to be in shock”

More on yesterday's deadly chimpanzee ruckus in Florida. I note:
Herman really liked people better than he liked chimps
Did Herman discover something that the other chimps feared he'd talk about? Did they ensure his silence?

“I believe in getting students wet and dirty”

Your tax dollars at work.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Mysterious Canadian rituals?

Trees in Ontario, Canada, park found festooned with cardboard monkeys.

Goodbye, Herman

Herman, 42-year-old alpha male chimpanzee at Florida's Lowry Park Zoo, dead in fight with (formerly?) low-ranking chimpanzee Bamboo.

Update: More.

“I fed a llama”

Missouri's Exotic Animal Paradise, drive-thru petting zoo to be replaced by housing development.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

“But they are not conscious;  they cannot be free

An argument against “rights” for great apes on philosophical grounds.

“That was really stupid”

Photographer of 1969 Lake Worth Goat-Man Polaroid dismisses the internet favorite as a prank.

Putting theory to the test

UK's Bristol Zoo to let monkeys mingle with gorillas. The books all agree gorillas are vegetarian, as long as there's vegetation.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

“their return from Rwanda”

Like swallows to Capistrano, the peripatetic Nyakagezi group of gorillas have returned to Uganda.

“She can not control that monkey”

Missouri woman's monkey a menace, neighbors say.

“there were no plans to lift the current ban”

UK quashes talk of restarting use of great apes in medical experiments as “totally hypothetical”.

“communicating with the monkeys helped them”

Visitors to Belarus zoo can talk over their problems with the monkeys in the “psychological relief room”.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Opaque melodies that would bug most people

“Did Neanderthals invent music?” UK professor asks.

“he will be filing a complaint if the ape is not returned”

Orangutan seized from Cambodian official's taxi.

“protest outside the Manila Zoo”

Peta makes friends overseas.

“Would you rather them be here, or be dead?”

I'm thinking, I'm thinking!

“they need to adapt their homes and lives to live with baboons”

Residents vs. extreme conservationists in South Africa's battle of the baboons.

“to address some of Nepal's most pressing health concerns, which include HIV, tuberculosis, hepatitis, and malaria”

India, chronically over-run with monkeys, banned the export of all Rhesus macaques in 1978. Now little Nepal steps up to help fill the gap.

“the gorillas from the movie remembered who she was”

Sigourney Weaver reunited with Gorillas in the Mist costars.

“names will be given to 12 baby primates”

Uganda markets branding opportunities at annual gorilla-naming festivities.

We'll need monkeys!

Harvey at Bad Example sends along this pointer to a monkey-oriented storyline at Sluggy Freelance

“goes where no one has been stupid enough to go before”

The Last Angry Young Man blogs the Monkey Chow Diaries

“offer applies to children aged between three and 15”

UK's Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre offers bargain rates for kids in June.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Friday, June 02, 2006

“rickshaws, head massages, yoga and monkeys”

monkeys eating chapatis”...monkeys eating chapatis...if now is the start of the long-feared global monkey rebellion, right when I'm busy, I'll be vexed.

“the orangutans, the lemurs and the residents of Monkey Village”

Arizona's Phoenix Zoo to add evening entertainments.

“train the local staff in chemical immobilisation of wild animals”

India's Jammu and Kashmir Wildlife Protection Department to take monkey menace lessons in West Bengal.

“equivalent moral status”

Sissy Willis sends a pointer to this New Scientist page reminding us that sometimes you don't get advances in medicine without experiments on monkeys.

“If Dian were alive, this would never happen”

Yerkes National Primate Research Center wants to perform medical experiments on some of the mangabeys they raised in their primate colony. Author of Dian Fossey biography channels her late subject, who opposes the research posthumously (and subjunctively).

“My wife failed to grab it but noticed it had a tail”

Via Monkeys In The News, sleeping man in China depantsed by monkey.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

“the Reticulated Massai species of giraffe did not exist”

Legal woes loom for Pakistan's Lahore Zoo after they determine they don't really want a pair of giraffes after all. Capuchin and Colobus monkeys they'll take, though.

“This is real life... right here”

Former chimpanzee-tracker to try his hand at railroad conducting.

Gorilla at rest

Congo gorilla featured in BBC News readers' photos feature.

“I don't want to come across as a nutcase here”

Experts declare Clarence, New York, Bigfoot a hoax.

They Saved Hitler's Globe

Via Cronaca, safe, save for one bullet hole, in German Historical Museum. No monkeys, though.

“It is the source of ideas”

Thanks to Sissy Willis for sending along a pointer to this AmbivaBlog post pointing to Richard Lawrence Cohen on the “monkey mind”.

“Gorilla Composting”

I don't know who said it first, but “Compost Happens.” In Canada, on the other hand...

All depends on how you look at it!

Global warming, global cooling. Ape drought, ape glut.

“We get our good looks from the handsome, hairy knuckle-walkers”

Cleveland Museum of Natural History goes all-out for chimpanzees.

“Rabbits are a staple at the zoo”

Dinner's not all Monkey Chow™(*) at Minnesota's Lake Superior Zoo.

“brazen colobus monkeys”

Zanzibar ravaged by marauding monkeys:
One bullet costs about one cent but can kill only one monkey and we can’t afford to buy thousands of bullets

“a long-tailed South American monkey”

Would-be speller tripped up by sapajou.

“My husband found a butterfly cocoon in his orange juice once”

Other people: won't take personal responsibility for their failings!