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186 Alamogordo Chimps Get Reprieve From Research

April Truitt January 05, 2011

2011 is off to a hopeful start for 186 chimpanzees at the Alamogordo Primate Facility (APF), who have been granted a reprieve from transfer to a Texas laboratory for use in invasive research.

According to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) statement issued yesterday, the transfer will be delayed “pending an Institute of Medicine [the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences] in-depth analysis to reassess the scientific need for the continued use of chimpanzees.” The report is expected to take about two years.

Read more at NEAVS/Project R&R

Planet of the Apes . . . and Monkeys & Humans

April Truitt December 12, 2010

There are a lot of perks that come with being a primate. You get to be smart. You get to be social. You get to have opposable thumbs — which are very handy things to have. Most of all, you get to keep living even during hard times. If the history of humans indicates anything, it’s that we’re survivors, and a new study is showing just why we — and our primate kin — have been so much more resilient than other species and orders, and what this says about biodiversity in an environmentally stressed world.


Conservationist Devotes Her Life to Bonobos

April Truitt December 11, 2010

Jo Thompson serves as a permanent visiting scholar at The Ohio State University at Marion.
In discussing her life’s work, she says: “Conservation is about people, because there would be no need to conserve them if it wasn’t for the humans. Humans are the biggest threat, the biggest protection. Their mindset has to change. Everything is about the people.”

Read more at The Marion Star

Indian Farmers Load Guns for “Operation Monkey”

April Truitt December 10, 2010

The man-animal conflict has turned ugly in Himachal Pradesh. Farmers in several villages have set aside their farm implements and loaded their guns - to shoot down monkeys from Friday as the simians have been destroying their crops and fruits.

Under “Operation Monkey”, hundreds of farmers have procured permits from the state wildlife authority to kill the wild animals causing them losses, a move that has angered wildlife activists.

Read more at The Times of India

Panel Says Tulane Primate Research Center Zoning Rules Should Be Stricter

April Truitt December 08, 2010

LOUISIANA - The St. Tammany Parish Zoning Commission agreed Tuesday to stricter rules for setbacks, buffers and building heights in the medical research district after hearing concerns from neighbors near the Tulane National Primate Research Center.

Jeff Schoen, who represents Tulane, said the center has some 5,000 animals and that number has remained static for the past 15 years. He said Tulane has no plans to increase the number of animals, but he could not say for certain what might happen in the future. He asked the commission not to impose the limit that Renfroe suggested, noting that several agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, monitor the center to ensure the animals are properly housed and the that the animal density is appropriate.

Read more at The Times-Picayune

Monkeys Are The True “Nutcracker” Kings

April Truitt December 01, 2010

The Nutcracker ballet may feature a mouse king, but wild bearded capuchin monkeys are the real nut-cracking kings. New research found that these animals put together their own nut-cracking devices and are experts at using them. The findings place wild bearded capuchin monkeys in the league of animal tool pros that are extremely selective about their instruments. Stars of this group include humans, chimpanzees, New Caledonian crows, and even earthworms.
Read more at Discovery News

A Visit to the Colobus Trust

April Truitt November 30, 2010

Globetrotting travel writers Lara Dunston and Terence Carter learn about the life-saving work taking place at the Colobus Trust in Diani Beach, Kenya.

Read more at Grantourismo

Lion-tailed Monkey Population Study Released

April Truitt November 30, 2010

KARWAR, INDIA - The lion tailed monkey (LTM) or Macaca Silenus, the most endangered species of monkey in the country is now found in large numbers in Sirsi and Honnavar forests of Uttara Kannada. The species is on the decline in the rest of the country, revealed research done by Dr Honnavalli Kumar.

Read more at The Times of India

Monkey Buffet in Thailand Serves Over 4 Tons of Food to Roaming Monkeys

April Truitt November 30, 2010

This past Sunday as most of us were recovering from our feast, monkeys in Thailand were digging into theirs. Once a year, Thailand’s town of Lopburi prepares a monkey buffet. Yes, a buffet for monkeys. This year, CNNGo reports that hundreds of monkeys managed to inhale over four tons of food ranging from fruit to soda.

Lopburi is famous for its long-tailed macaques who roam freely throughout the town. Locals believe that the monkeys bring good fortune, and thus an annual feast is held in their honor. While these monkeys can be treated like royalty, the IUCN reports that in Cambodia and Vietnam, macaques are exported for laboratory research - research that likely doesn’t include an all-you-can-eat buffet.

Read more at CNNGo

Monkey Suit Man is in World’s Top 10 Mayors

April Truitt November 12, 2010

GREAT BRITAIN - A man who first stood for election in a monkey suit has been named one of the world’s top 10 mayors.

Read more at The Daily Mirror

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