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To the locals, it was the “Monkey Farm.” To the Boy Scouts, it was the “Ape Farm.” Shrouded in mystery, it spawned tales that reached King Kong-size proportions around the flickering firelight at nearby Camp Echockotee.
But this was no primate zoo. Officially, it was the Yale Laboratories of Primate Biology. And there was serious research, or monkey business, if you will, going on there.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today removed public access to tens of thousands of reports that document the numbers of animals kept by research labs, companies, zoos, circuses, and animal transporters—and whether those animals are being treated humanely under the Animal Welfare Act. Henceforth, those wanting access to the information will need to file a Freedom of Information Act request.
A recent study on primate conservation confirms what primatologists have known for a long time: the planet of the apes is on the verge of extinction.
The BBC's revelations about the illegal trade in baby chimpanzees triggered an outpouring of emotion on social media about the cruelty suffered by these adorable animals. And this raises questions about how our attitudes to our closest relations in the natural world have changed.
During a 10-year span, a team of primatologists witnessed 15 daytime births in wild gelada monkeys residing in the grasslands of high-altitude Ethiopia. It's unusual to witness daytime births. It's still unclear why these 13 live births and two stillbirths — a small percentage of the overall births that occurred during the decade of observations — took place during the day.