News

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:

August 2015

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December 2014

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May 2014

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March 2014

  • 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/

February 2014

January 2014

  • “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.

December 2013

  • 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.

November 2013

  • “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

October 2013

  • “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

September 2013

  • “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

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