While using the word fishing is perhaps a bit misleading (though some chimpanzees and orangutans do apparently go fishing with their hands sometimes), new research has found that a population … [Read full article]
Endangered Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzee Subspecies Will See Population Plummet, Research Finds
One of the most endangered primates, and the most endangered chimpanzee subspecies in the world — the Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes ellioti) — is likely to see its numbers plummet … [Read full article]
The Secret Thoughts of Dogs – Can Brain Scans and 'Contagious Yawning' Reveal Canine Consciousness? [VIDEO]
Looking into the Brain and Mind of Human’s ‘Best Friend’ Celebrated for their loyalty, affection, and occasional acts of heroism, our faithful canine companions are often given attributes, and even … [Read full article]
Chimpanzee Displays Complex Forethought in Planning Attacks on Zoo Visitors
A chimpanzee at the Furuvik Zoo in Sweden has been seen using complex forethought to plan his attacks on zoo visitors and increase their likelihood of success. The same … [Read full article]
Animal News Round-Up: Snowy Owls Everywhere, Test Chimps & iPad Apes, A New Urban Frog & A Speedy Robotic Cheetah [VIDEOS]
There’s always some important or interesting animal news to be found out there….but one can hardly report on all of it. I tend to collect such items, and cull from … [Read full article]
Science Roundup – Chimp News, Rodent Empathy, Name That Whale Tune, Most Massive Black Holes, About That God (Darn) Particle
The following is a roundup of some of the more notable, or intriguing, science news items from the past month or so… Funding for Most Biomedical Experiments using Chimps is … [Read full article]
Bob Barker Still Saving Animals
Bob Barker is still saving animals around the world. He recently donated $230,000 to help relocate a family of chimpanzees to Chimp Haven, a chimpanzee rescue center.
Take Action: Protect Chimpanzees!
Read this note from PETA (received via email) and take action via the link below: For too long, there has been a loophole in federal regulations that allows notorious animal … [Read full article]
'Primate Cinema' – Artist Makes Social Drama for Apes (and Humans Too) [VIDEO]
A group of chimpanzees at the Edinburgh Zoo was recently treated to a series of televised “social dramas” featuring ape-costumed human actors*. One particular episode featured a young female “city ape” befriending a group of outsiders. The reactions from the chimp viewing audience were most intriguing — they “ape” some very human-type reactions to similar social situations, including puzzlement and anger (note: real chimps also appear in the filmed drama). It’s all part of an unique art project called ‘Primate Cinema: Apes as Family’, conceived of by artist Rachel Mayeri, working in collaboration with comparative psychologist Dr Sarah-Jane Vick.
First Global 'Camera Trap' Study Reveals Threatened Mammal Species' Lives, Damaged Habitats
With over 50, 000 photos (and counting) capturing over 100 mammal species from seven protected areas across Africa, Asia and the Americas…a global ‘hidden camera” research project is giving conservation biologists a rare glimpse into the ordinary lives of many endangered or threatened mammal species.The camera study, conducted by The Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring Network (TEAM), is helping to confirm what smaller, isolated studies have indicated: that habitat destruction is jeopardizing the biological integrity and diversity of many of the world’s mammals.
Human Virus Linked to Deaths of Two Mountain Gorillas
A form of human metapneumovirus (HMPV) has been identified as the likely cause of death in two mountain gorillas, an infant and adult female, following an outbreak of respiratory disease that hit Rwanda in 2009. The source of the virus is unknown and an unknown number of other gorillas may be carrying the virus. Due to the genetic compatibility of humans and gorillas, wildlife biologists have long feared and predicted the spread of human diseases into this critically endangered population. Now, it appears, their worst fears may have come true.
Wild Chimpanzees Outwit Human Hunters
Chimps, the more I learn about them, the more I want to learn. A recent story on BBC covers how some wild chimps have been documented intentionally setting off snare … [Read full article]
Gorilla, Chimpanzee Heads and Leopard Skins Seized in Gabon
The following is a guest post from the WWF. Law enforcement officers in Gabon have arrested five men accused of possessing illegal animal products, including those of endangered species. The … [Read full article]