Total Number of Mountain Gorillas Rises Above 1,000 —

Despite concerning data in the study detailing the pressures on and decline of many primate populations in Brazil, Madagascar, Indonesia and DRC, recent surveys confirm a rise in the Virunga mountain gorilla population in DRC –

Positive news on the conservation front, where the number of mountain gorillas is over a 1,000 individuals. The survey found the Virunga population has risen to 604 among in 41 social groups… Compared to the 480 individuals counted in the last survey in 2010. The only other place mountain gorillas survive is in Uganda’s Bwindi […]

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Brazil, Madagascar, Indonesia and the DRC: critical to alloprimate survival

A new study, Primates in Peril (Estrada et al 2018), published on 15 June focuses on the countries of Brazil, Madagascar, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where 65% of all the worlds primates are found but where 60% are experiencing varying degrees of threat from human activities (threatened, endangered, critically endangered on the IUCN Red List). The research identifies loss and fragmentation of habitat as key to declining populations of primates in Brazil, Madagascar and Indonesia, while the greatest pressure on primates in DRC is the bushmeat trade. The article is open access.


Red ruffed lemur (Varecia rubra), Madagascar

Estrada A, Garber PA, Mittermeier RA, Wich S, Gouveia S, Dobrovolski R, Nekaris KAI, Nijman V, Rylands AB, Maisels F, Williamson EA, Bicca-Marques J, Fuentes A, Jerusalinsky L, Johnson S, Rodrigues de Melo F, Oliveira L, Schwitzer C, Roos C, Cheyne SM, Martins Kierulff MC, Raharivololona B, Talebi M, Ratsimbazafy J, Supriatna J, Boonratana R, Wedana M, Setiawan A. (2018Primates in peril: the significance of Brazil, Madagascar, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo for global primate conservationPeerJ 6:e4869

The death of Koko

We are very, very sad to learn of the passing of Koko the gorilla. Koko died in her sleep at the age of 46.  An excerpt from The Gorilla Foundation press release:

“Koko’s capacity for language and empathy has opened the minds and hearts of millions. She has been featured in multiple documentaries and appeared on the cover of National Geographic twice. The first cover, in October of 1978, featured a photograph Koko had taken of herself in a mirror. The second issue, in January of 1985, included the story of Koko and her kitten, All Ball. Following the article, the book Koko’s Kitten was published and continues to be used in elementary schools worldwide. Her impact has been profound and what she has taught us about the emotional capacity of gorillas and their cognitive abilities will continue to shape the world.”

Primates from Scotland

Scottish ceramic sculptor Julian Jardine has created numerous works featuring chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans.  He studied in Dundee at the Jordanstone Art College and has a degree in ceramic design.  Jardine has taught ceramic sculpture/design and conducted workshops for children and adults.  He was an artist in residence at Worcester Centre for Craft, Worcester, Massachusetts.  Over the years Jardine has worked craft and trade fairs, completed freelance contracts for businesses, and shown his work in a number of galleries.  In 2008 the sculptor opened the Jardine Gallery and Workshop, in Perth, Scotland, providing space for exhibitors from the UK and overseas, and lessons for children and adults.  Exhibitions focus on nature and wildlife.