We’ve decided to handle news differently from August 2015 – from now on, this page will contain an archive of articles but for up-to-date news, please look at our About page, where we’ll highlight a few news stories and also our blog posts, where we will introduce and (where there’s time) discuss interesting news items.
You can also find complied recent news stories on primates regularly posted on the following websites:
- New titi monkey discovered in the Amazon – see the Mongabay news article for details.
- Twin aye-ayes were born recently at the Bristol Zoo. For details on these endangered primates see the Bristol Post website, 16 August:
- The New York Times has published numerous articles on primates. To see their archival collection go to their monkeys and apes topic page.
- “Chimpanzees Escape from Zoo in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands” – see the Born Free site for details.
- Here are some sites (regularly updated) to check for primate news: Science Daily, Monkey World and Monkeyday.
- Monkeys used for research in the U. S. are kept in poor conditions. A recent article in the Guardian cites the details: http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/jun/18/monkeys-medical-research-chimpanzees
- For information on the increased threat to the slow loris and how you can help, see the International Animal Rescue site: http://www.internationalanimalrescue.org/slow-loris-sanctuary/appeals
- US to call all chimpanzees endangered – if this means retirement from labs, the government should provide support to sanctuaries…
- New York City Blood Center Abandons Colony of Former Lab Chimps – please visit the following pages to donate and sign a petition to save these primates from starvation: SAVE THE ABANDONED CHIMPS and CHANGE.ORG PETITION. No donation is too small and every signature matters.
- “Monkey Farms in Florida Under Scrutiny” – see ABC News for full details on three monkey breeding farms where thousands of primates are raised as products: http://www.abcnews.go.com/search?searchtext=Monkey Farms in Florida Under Scrutiny (Scroll down the list of stories.)
- Yellow-cheeked crested gibbons and other primates may lose more of their habitat due to demand for rubber in S. E. Asia. For full details see BBC News Science and Environment at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32350985
- For recent news stories on primates see the Born Free site: http://www.bornfree.org.uk and Mongabay: http://www.news.mongabay.com
- Field Museum article about possible discovery of a new primate in the Peruvian Amazon
- Update on the Wise legal battle for personhood for chimpanzees – New York Judge grants order to show cause in the case of lab chimps, Hercules and Leo, which could be ground-breaking
- The critically endangered mountain gorilla population in Rwanda is reviewed in detail in “Mountain Gorilla Genomes Reveal the Impact of Long-term Population Decline and Inbreeding”by Dr. Yali Xue, Javier Prado-Martinez and others. See: ResearchGate at http://www.researchgate.net/publication/274712652_Mountain_gorilla_genomes_reveal_the_impact_of_long-term_population_decline_and_inbreeding
- For continued updates on primate news see: http://www.news.mongabay.com
- “Barbary Macaques Form Male Bonds” – see details of this story and others at: http://www.sciencedaily.com/news/plants_animals/monkeys/
- “Call to Toughen up on Policing Wildlife Crime” – survey of UK policing includes findings from IFAW and World Animal Protection to stop animal cruelty. See details: http://www.bucksherald.co.uk/news/more-news/call-to-toughen-up-on-policing-wildlife-crime-1-6439849
- A German study shows “Primates are Indispensable for Regeneration of Tropical Forests”. See: http://www.uni-protokolle.de/nachrichten/id/288756/
- An investigation by IFAW has discovered extensive trade in (endangered) primates and other animals (and animal parts), on 280 online market sites in 16 countries. Read the details: http://www.euractiv.com/sections/infosociety/primates-and-monkeys-sold-online-eu-310307
- “Humans, Baboons Share Cumulative Culture Ability” – published in the “Proceedings of the Royal Society B”, and article published in Science Daily. Research was done at CNRS – Le Centre nationale de la recherche scientifique – in s. e. France, by Nicolas Claidiere and Joel Fagot, and in connection with the University of Edinburgh’s research team, Simon Kirby and Kenny Smith. See: www. rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/281/1797/20141541.full (scroll down the list of articles) and http://www.sciencedaily.com/search/?keyword=Humans%2C+Baboons (scroll down list of articles) On the Science Daily site see also “related stories”.
- For updated information on primates see: http://www.monkeyday.org and http://www.news.mongabay.com/news-index/primates1.html
- Thirty wild Barbary macaques from Gibralter will find a new home in Scotland – at the Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling. This move has been made instead of culling the troop. See: http://www.austriantribune.com/informationen/144772-gibralter-sent-30-barbary-macaques-scotland
- “Separated by a Sense of Fairness” – an article published in “Science”, reviewing research done at Georgia State University, concerning great ape and human behavior. See: http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20140922/world/Separated-by-a-sense-of-fairness_.536733
- A new study at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago reports on the effects of raising chimpanzees as pets and as performers. See the story by Rachel Feltman in the Washington Post
- For updates on some primate news see Born Free Primate News and Mongabay News
- South American saki monkeys – also known as “flying monkeys” – studied by the Global Conservation Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico and Kent State (Ohio) researchers, now include five new names. See further information on: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/08/29/animals-science-new-species-flying-monkeys-amazon-south-america-sakis/
- RSPCA endorses ban on primates as pets as numbers of owners unable to cope with pet monkeys rises. See story by Rachel Gardner in the Bristol Post – http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/RSPCA-calls-ban-pet-primates-marmoset-monkey/story-22849265-detail/story.html To see important reasons against keeping primates as pets and “Guidance and Legislation” and how you can help by writing to the Defra Minister see: http://www.rspca.org.uk/petprimates
- Biodiversity in the Philippines is highlighted by the possible discovery of a new tarsier found on the island of Dinagat, in the southeast – information posted by David Braun for the National Geographic – but see also further information on the subject at: http://www.news.mongabay.com/news-index/primates1.html
- Check the Mongabay website for updated primate news.
- “Tiny Genetic Differences Between Humans and Other Primates Pervade the Genome” – an article that provides a clearer view of how we are connected to other primates (chimps share about 99% of our DNA, gorillas 98%) – Scientific American article by Kate Wong. See: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/tiny-genetic-differences-between-humans-and-other-primates-pervade-the-genome/
- “A Lemur Rescue Mission in Madagascar” – a conversation with primatologist Patricia C. Wright – by Claudia Dreifus for the New York Times. See: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/19/science/a-rescue-mission-in-madagascar.html?hpw&rref=science&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpHed
- Ebola is a serious threat to chimps in Sierra Leone. For details and information on how you can help see: http://www.ippl.org/gibbon/
- For news on gibbons see International Primate Protection League site: http://www.ippl.org/gibbon/
- Loss of habitat has been a major reason for the decline of the grey slender loris. Found only in Sri Lanka and parts of India, the primate now has a sanctuary to protect it and numbers are increasing – thanks to naturalist Chaminda Jayasekara. To find out more see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-28365020
- Check the primate news at: http://news.mongabay.com/news-index/primates1.html
- “The Amazing Emotional Intelligence of Our Primate Cousins” – focuses on the research of primatologist Dr. Patricia Wright at Stony Brook University, New York. Among other examples is the report of young (four-year-old) gorillas in Rwanda dismantling poachers’ animal/gorilla traps, pointing out their cognitive skill and empathy. Author is Danielle Radin, for the “Ecologist”. See details: http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/Blogs/2441317/the_amazing_emotional_intelligence_of_our_primate_cousins.html
- “The Integration Hypothesis of Human Language Evolution and the Nature of Contemporary Languages” – a paper highlighting a connection with primates, published in “Frontiers in Psychology” – a collaboration of researchers from the MIT and the University of Tokyo. See: http://www.frontiersin.org/Language_Sciences
- More than 90% of the world’s lemurs face extinction – warning by IUCN (updated red list). See: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/12/more-than-90-of-lemurs-face-extinction-iucn-warns
- “Chimps Show Impulsive Behaviors in Cooperating for Food” – according to research done at Yerkes National Primate Research Centre, Emory University. See: http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1113169525/chimpanzees-cooperate-impulsively-for-food-061314 This site also has related articles on chimp/bonobo behavior.
- “Primate Research Turns Notions of ‘Male’ and ‘Female’ Classroom Behavior Upside Down” – research by Eric M. Johnson, Duke University, who says that… “the research is important because preconceptions about the behavior of the different sexes tend to influence how teachers react to pupils’ actions.” Reported in TES News, educational journal
- Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo has created a global gorilla-blood database to benefit captive great apes. See: http://www.aljazeera.com/video/americas/2014/06/chicago-zoo-creates-gorilla-blood-database-201461774839827894.html (Reported by Aljazeera, Chicago – see also “videos”)
- BBC News reports that MPs are demanding new information on the numbers of pet primates found across the UK – data that may lead to a ban on keeping and trading primates as pets. For details see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27766105
- “Chimpanzee Choice Rates in Competitive Games Match Equilibrium Game Theory Predictions” – a publication reporting research conducted at Kyoto University Primate Research Institute, with the collaboration of Caltech, Pasadena, California – indicates that in simple competitive scenarios chimpanzees have cognitive advantage over humans. See: Journal – “Scientific Reports” – 4, article no. 5182, 5 June, 2014 – http://www.nature.com/srep/2014/140605/srep05182/full/srep05182.html
- Four stump-tailed macaques – rescued from poachers – were recently released back into their natural habitat in Vietnam. See: http://www.thanhniennews.com/society/vietnamese-national-park-releases-four-rescued-primates-back-into-wild-26606.html
- Continue to check http://www.news.mongabay.com for other up-to-date information on primates and the plight of primates.
- Two female cotton-top tamarins and two male emperor tamarins stolen from the Blackpool Zoo have been found in Yorkshire. The baby that was with them has not been found. For full information see: http://www.monkeyday.org
- Male golden lion tamarin at Dublin Zoo caught on camera alloparenting
- “Natural selection has shaped levels of patience to deal with the types of problems that animals face in the wild”, according to comparative psychologist Jeffery R. Stevens, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. To read more about “Primates and Patience – the Evolutionary Roots of Self Control”, see Science Codex: http://www.sciencecodex.com/primates_and_patience_the_evolutionary_roots_of_self_control-133591
- Research at the University of Notre Dame shows that the health of baboon mums is majorly at risk before and after giving birth. This research has been published in the Journal of Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.
- Georgia State University research shows that chimpanzees have personality traits very similar to humans.
- Two female and one baby – critically endangered – cotton-top tamarins and two male emperor tamarins were stolen in a night raid from the Blackpool Zoo – police warnings have been issued to air and sea ports in an effort to prevent the primates from leaving the country. For full story see: http://www.monkeyday.org
- Primates in the news on Mongabay site: http://news.mongabay.com/news-index/primates1.html
- Dr. Maren Huck, research biologist at the University of Derby, has been studying owl monkeys found in northern Argentina. These primates are unusual because they are monogamous – the males play a huge role in rearing young. Details at: http://www.derby.ac.uk/news/how-monogamy-stops-male-monkeys-becoming-king-of-the-swingers
- “Male Monkey Cares for Dying Partner” – BBC News, Matt Walker. A wild male marmoset embraces and cares for his female partner who fell from a tree, behaviour that until now had been considered the reserve of apes.
- “Time Running Out for Rarest Primate”- by Daniel Cressey, in Nature. About two dozen Hainan gibbons need help if they are to survive! For details see: http://www.nature.com/news/time-running-out-for-rarest-primate-1.15009?WT.ec_id=NATURE-20140410
- The Argentinian brown howler monkey is critically endangered – for details see here
- For updated primate news see Born Free Foundation at: http://www.bornfree.org.uk
- See BBC News About Primates (also videos) at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/Primate
- “UI Researchers Found Visuals and Tangibles Increase Memory”- article tells results of a study in memory in non-human primates. Published in The Daily Iowan, by Jordan Mickle. See: http://www.dailyiowan.com/2014/03/05/Metro/36940.html
- “Anthropologist’s New Book Explores How Apes and Humans Evolved Side by Side” – by William Harms. Article details work by University of Chicago Professor Russell Tuttle, leading expert on early humans and author of new publication Apes and Human Evolution, published by Harvard University Press. Excellent reviews – for scientists and “every reader”. See: http://www.phys.org/news/2014-03-anthropologist-explores-apes-humans-evolved.html
- Read “Latest News” on Ape Alliance website – see: http://www.4apes.com
- “Abundance of hamadryas baboon (Papio hamadryas hamadryas) and conflict with humans in Awash National Park, Ethiopia” – research paper by Mesele Admassu, Yosef Mamo and Afework Bekele. Published in International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation, March, 2014, Vol. 6(3), Article No. 236457245098, pp. 200-209. See: http://www.academicjournals.org/IJBC/
- Borneo Orangutans apparently take to the ground more often – adapting to habitat disturbance? The research was published in “Scientific Reports” – No. 4, article 4024. See: http://www.nature.com/srep/index.html and search: orangutans.
- More news on the “Lemur Crisis” on the Mongabay site – see: http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0220-hance-lemur-plan.html#IAPvAHXJsAYpjG98.99
- “Urgent! Lemur Crisis Prompts Conservationist Call-to-Action” – the dire plight of Madagascar’s 101 lemur species – the most threatened mammal group – is examined. For the details see the article by Tanya Lewis for LiveScience.com
- “Parliament Discusses Primate Pet Ban” – Born Free recently submitted evidence to Parliament. For more information on the campaign, see: http://www.bornfree.org.uk/campaigns/primates/primate-news/article/?no_cache=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=1518
- “Monkey World Director Dr. Alison Cronin to Give Evidence to MPs on New Primate Legislation” – last week Dr Cronin reported on the legal British pet trade in primates. Legislation is being reviewed concerning the care of primates as pets in the UK, considering that these animals should not be kept as pets as they need specialist care. See this website for full details: http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/NEWs/10989270.Monkey_World_director_Dr_Alison_Cronin_to_give_evidence_to_MPs_on_new_primate_care_legislation/ – article by Jim Durkin for the Bournemouth Echo.
- “Genetically Modified Monkeys Created with Cut-and-Paste DNA” – research conducted at Nanjing Medical University in China has raised serious concerns over possible increase in animal testing. For full details see: http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/jan/30/genetically-modified-monkeys-cut-and-paste-dna-alzheimers-parkinsons – article by Ian Sample.
- Primarily Primates, a sanctuary in San Antonio, Texas, aims to house, protect and rehabilitate primates – especially animals rescued from the pet trade and biomedical research institutions (chimpanzees once used in the space program). Founded in 1978, the sanctuary is non-profit. The website has videos and other information – including a newsletter – on various types of primates, and is often updated. See: http://www.primarilyprimates.org
- “Chimpanzees can Gesture to Communicate During Hunt for Food” – study published in the journal “Nature Communications” – research at Georgia State University Language Research Centre. The study shows that chimps can synchronize their actions when pursuing a specific goal. For details see: http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2014/140116/ncomms4088/full/ncomms4088.html
- “Animal Testing Campaigns Launched” – criticism from the director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and a charity attacking the ethical stance of the University of Oxford coincide with the campaign launched by the Anti-Vivisection Coalition to stop funding a lab that experiments on monkeys. For details see: http://www.cherwell.org/news/uk/2014/01/09/animal-testing-campaigns-launched – article by Jack Prescott for Cherwell.
- The most iconic lemur in Madagascar – the ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) – may be facing a bigger threat due to habitat loss and increased species exploitation. See (for example): http://www.bronxzoo.com/animals-and-exhibits/animals/mammals/ringtail-lemur.aspx See also – article in “Mammalian Species”, “Lemur catta” – 42 (854): 58-74, by D. E. Wilson and E. Hanlon.
- “Bonobos: The Congo Basin’s Great Gardeners” – article highlighting the vital role played by bonobos in the survival of primary forests by the dispersal of seeds, based on a new study, Journal of Tropical Ecology. For detailed information see: article by Christina Pham, professional editor based at the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor, Indonesia at http://news.mongabay.com/2013/1210-pham-bonobos-in-congo-seed-dispursal.html.
- Update on slow lorises rescued in Indonesia – Saved by International Animal Rescue, based in Sussex, the animals are being cared for in the charity’s Primate Rehabilitation Centre in Bogor. Though poachers face a stiff fine and possible imprisonment, the “cuteness” of the lorises makes them a prime target for sales through the illegal pet trade. Hopefully the desire to own these creatures will wane if people realize the cruelty involved in their capture – cutting of their teeth and starvation/suffocation in transportation – and their endangered status. See “Plight of Primates Today”, this website.
- “Birth Control Pill for Monkeys in India” – the government of India is taking a positive step to curb the overpopulation of rhesus macaques and Bhandar monkeys in New Delhi and other urban centres. India’s Central Zoo Authority is working with the National Primate Center in California. For further information see: article by Hannah Osborne at http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/523190/20131118/rhesus-macaques-monkeys-indiangovernment-contraception-pill.htm
- “Baboon Release”, Malawi – more rescued baboons will return to the wild in the new year, thanks mainly to the efforts of the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre and the Born Free Foundation, Horsham, UK. For details on the on-going release program, see: http://www.lilongwewildlife.org
- “Hundreds of Rare Primates Seized in Indonesia” – 238 slow lorises from Sumatra were found before they could be shipped abroad. Packed tightly in small crates six died, but the suvivors should be returned to the wild soon. See: http://www.internationalanimalrescue.org
- A project to save the Javan slow loris – one of the 25 most endangered primates (see “Plight of Primates Today”, this website) – was set up by Primate Conservation, Inc., based in Charlestown, Rhode Island. The organization began with studies of lorises in Borneo and Malaysia (2009). For detailed, updated information see: http://www.primate.org/news.htm
- “Orphaned Gorillas Successfully Reintroduced Where Apes Had Been Hunted to Extinction”, say researchers from the Aspinall Foundation. This is a project which has been on-going in Gabon and the Republic of Congo. The new study is published in the journal “Oryx” and relates to earlier information on the subject published last year in the International Journal of Primatology. See: http://news.mongabay.com/2013/1021-gorilla-reintroduction.html/ and http://oryxthejournal.org/
- Clock Ticks for Madagascar’s Lemurs – see work by primatologist Jonah Ratsimbazafy, University of Antananarivo, http://www.independent.academia.edu/JonahRatsimbazafy
- “Orphan Bonobos Have Trouble Comforting Others in Distress, Study Finds”, in the LA Times – Science (14 October). Highlights research carried out at the Lola ya Bonobo Sanctuary in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. See: www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-bonobos-hug
- “How Will Climate Change Affect Mountain Gorillas?”, in Scientific American. Gorilla beringei beringei, found currently in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, is the focus of this article. See: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/extinction-countdown/2013/10/01/climate-change-mountain-gorillas/ International Gorilla Conservation Programme has updated gorilla information. See: http://igcp.gorillacd.org/
- “David Attenborough Supports Effort to Save Orangutan from Extinction”, in The Guardian. Bill Oddie and Chris Packham also back this move. The aim is to raise £1m in two weeks – 2 October to 16 October. See:www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/sep/30/david-attenborough-orangutan-from-extinction
- The Lemur Conservation Foundation (reserve) in Myakka City, Florida, aims for the preservation and conservation of Madagascar primates. LCF is a not-for-profit, publicly supported organization. There are numerous volunteer opportunities at the reserve. Updated news appears on this site: www.lemurreserve.org/
- Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre helps to stop smuggling of primates in the wild and aims for rescue and rehabilitation of primates. The centre is located between Bere Regis and Wool – Wareham, Dorset, UK. Their website includes “Monkey World News”, which is updated. The centre can cater for conferences and seminars on primates. See: www.monkeyworld.org
- Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary rescues, rehabilitates and homes primates that otherwise would probably be euthanized. They are located in Caehopkin, Abercrave, Swansea Valley. See their website for “Latest News” : www.ape-monkey-rescue.org.uk
- International Primate Protection League (USA) is a nonprofit organization that aims to protect the world’s primates. IPPL has financially supported many grassroots primate organizations in the U.S. and around the world – the list is impressive. The IPPL has a gibbon sanctuary in South Carolina, USA, and publishes a primate magazine -”IPPL News”. For updated news on primates see: www.ippl.org
- “Chimps are Making Monkeys Out of Us”, in the Guardian. Japanese research (Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University) reveals that chimpanzees outdo humans in complex memory tests. See:www.theguardian.com/science/2013/sep/29/chimp-intelligence-aymu-matsuzawa-kyoto
- Searching for Bonobo in Congo is an excellent site for information on bonobos. The project centers around the three river basins – Tshuapa, Lomami and Lualaba Rivers (TL2) – in Congo. The site is updated and has videos and books listed (see: “For more Information”). See:http://www.bonoboincongo.com/the-bonobo/
- “Orangutans Plan Their Future Route and Communicate it to Others”, in Science Daily: http://www.sciencedaily.com
- “Apes Can Visually Organize Biological Information Like Humans Do”, in Nature World News: www.natureworldnews.com
- ” ‘Nursery Nests’ are Better for Survival of Young Black-and-White Ruffed Lemurs”, in Science Daily: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130806091600.htm
- “Congo’s Rare Mountain Gorillas Could Become Victims of Oil Exploration”, in The Guardian, by John Vidal: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/aug/01/congo-mountain-gorillas-virunga-wwf
- “Habitat Running out for Rare Primate in Cameroon”, in Scientific American, by John R. Platt: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/extinction-countdown/2013/07/16/habitat-rare-primate-cameroon/
- An International Animal Rescue story from April, but the rehabilitation of the orangutans saved from a palm oil company in Borneo is currently underway (can’t believe the continued disregard for other life):
- Investigation into primate testing in Europe by Save the Primates (sponsored by Animal Defenders International, the National Anti-Vivisection Society and the Lord Dowding Fund): http://www.savetheprimates.org/primateban/primatestestingreport/introduction
- National Geographic article about chimps’ eating habits in Gombe National Park, Tanzania, when budyenkende fruit come into season: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/04/29/chimps-opt-for-takeout-as-grab-and-go-fruit-comes-into-season/
- Interesting article on Animals and Culture – studies of monkeys and whales: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/04/animal-culture-monkeys-whales/ Although I think the complex development of culture in humans is not just about the ability to truly copy, but also about human anatomy that allowed development of language, and having opposable thumbs, etc!
- Article about the same research, but focussing on the vervet monkeys (thanks, Dad, for pointing it out!): http://www.livescience.com/29048-vervet-monkeys-eat-like-locals.html
- Article about (captive) chimpanzee communications (study published in Animal Cognition): http://science.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/22/17863889-chimps-put-passion-in-their-communications?lite See also this BBC news item from 2011 about researchers who observed wild chimpanzees using at least 66 gestures to communicate with each other (study published in Animal Cognition): http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_9475000/9475408.stm
- An old news item, but one of importance – Victory for Nasa Monkeys: http://www.savetheprimates.org/news/victory-for-nasa-monkeys