Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Cheetah, Chimp From Tarzan Films, Dies

Condolences poured in to a Florida primate sanctuary Wednesday after the death of Cheetah, a chimpanzee who starred in the Tarzan movies during the 1930s.

"I grew up watching Tarzan and Cheetah from a boy," a man identifying himself as Thomas from England wrote on the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary's website. "God bless you Cheetah. Now you and Tarzan are together again."

The chimpanzee died Saturday after suffering kidney failure the week before, the sanctuary foundation said on the site. He was roughly 80 years old, Debbie Cobb, the sanctuary's outreach director, told CNN affiliate WFLA.

Cobb recalled Cheetah as an outgoing chimp who loved finger painting and watching football and who was soothed by Christian music, the station said.

Cheetah appeared in the Tarzan moves from 1932 through 1934, Cobb told WFLA. According to the website, "Tarzan the Ape Man" was released in 1932 and "Tarzan and his Mate" in 1934.

Full story here.

Friday, December 16, 2011

US Will Not Finance New Research On Chimps

The National Institutes of Health on Thursday suspended all new grants for biomedical and behavioral research on chimpanzees and accepted the first uniform criteria for assessing the necessity of such research. Those guidelines require that the research be necessary for human health, and that there be no other way to accomplish it.

In making the announcement, Dr. Francis S. Collins, the director of the N.I.H., said that chimps, as the closest human relatives, deserve “special consideration and respect” and that the agency was accepting the recommendations released earlier in the day by an expert committee of the Institute of Medicine, which concluded that most research on chimpanzees was unnecessary.

The report and the quick response by the N.I.H. do not put an end to research on chimps, but they were claimed as victories by animal welfare groups that have long been fighting for a ban on such research, arguing that chimps should not be subjected to experimental use. They said that the move was a step toward eventually ending chimp research, already a tiny segment of federal research.

Full story here.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Got Those Post-Monkey Day Blues? We Have A Solution...

Everyone is recovering from the blur that was Monkey Day, wiping the fuzz from their eyes, only to realize that it will be a whole year until the next chance to celebrate again.   So, what do you do until then?

How about lifting your spirits and gaining some karma by doing something charitable and donating to some primate sanctuaries in need? Here is an alphabetical list of sanctuaries that are always looking for willing donors, please help them however you can:

(Please leave a comment if you know of one that I left off the list!)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Happy Monkey Day 2011!

Has it really been a year already? Well, I guess you've been patiently waiting a whole year for it, so here are your top 10 Monkey and Primate 2011 News highlights to help you celebrate Monkey Day!

  • 10) Monkey Related Deaths

    I'm not really sure what these poor people did to piss off these monkeys, but I'm definitely going to leave an extra banana or two under the monkey tree this Monkey Day just in case any angry simians are lurking around:

    Man Falls To Death From Rooftop After Monkey Attack

    Monkey Pushes Stone, 1 Dies On Spot, 2 Injured

    Woman Falls To her Death After Monkey Pounces On Her

  • 9) 'Alien' Monkey Causes Panic In Chinese Village

    I want to believe.

  • 8) Drunk Zoo Visitor Attacked By Monkeys After Climbing Into Pen

    I did this once in the Llama pen, I woke up with a new wool sweater.

  • 7) Experiment Creates Advertisements To Sell Food To Monkeys

    For some reason I'm imagining a monkey forced to stare what at a flashing screen while Beethoven's Ninth Symphony plays in the background. Welly, welly, welly, well...

  • 6) Monkey 'Witch' Burnt To Death By Community

    Joke time! What do you say to an angry witch? Ribbit.

  • 5) Monkeys Urinate On Themselves To Attract A Mate

    Coming soon to a perfume counter near you.

  • 4) Gorilla Gains Internet Fame After Walking Upright

    I was going to make a Robin Williams falling into a gorilla exhibit joke, but it just seems a little too obvious. Let's just move on.

  • 3) "Elvis" Monkey Among 200 New Species Discovered In Vietnam

    Hunk-a-hunk of burning monkey. Wait, wasn't that a few stories back?

  • 2) Lab Chimps See Daylight For First Time

    After 30 years of captivity, these chimps see sunlight and grass for the first time. It's pretty amazing to watch their reaction. The heartbreaking and heartwarming story of the year.

  • 1) Research Finds Poop-Throwing By Chimps Is A Sign Of Intelligence

    That's right, throwing feces is a sign of brain development. Now, everybody get out there and celebrate Monkey Day!

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    Monday, December 12, 2011

    Wild Monkeys To Measure Fukushima Radiation

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    Scientists in Japan are struggling to assess the consequences of the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster amid continuing concerns over high levels of radiation. Now help is at hand in the form of the area’s wild monkey population.

    Radiation levels in the woods near the Fukushima nuclear power plant in the aftermath of the nuclear disaster is now going to be measured with the help of the primates.

    Researchers from Fukushima University have designed special collars for the monkeys which will feed information to scientists.

    Each of the collars contains a small radiation survey meter and a GPS transmitter and can be unclipped by remote control, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported on Saturday.

    This will enable the research team, led by robotics professor Takayuki Takahashi, to recover them and collect data one to two months after releasing the monkeys back into the wild.

    Currently, radiation is measured using helicopters – a method which has proved incapable of obtaining the most accurate estimates.

    The project has also been designed to check radiation exposure in wild animals. The monkeys will allow the scientists to compare radiation levels on the ground and in the air, as they spend much of their time sitting high up in trees.

    The two-month project is to kick off in spring 2012.

    Full story here.

    Kentucky Police Purchase Monkey In Undercover Drug Sting

    "Monkey business in Rowan county," says Chief Deputy, Joe Cline, of the Rowan county sheriff's office.

    Sheriffs deputies in Rowan county have been cracking down on drug trafficking, making under cover buys. It was at Jerry Mynhier's house, where they found more than what they were looking for, "We received a lot of complaints about this guy. While we were in there doing our buys, we were able to find out that he had a monkey,That he wanted to sell," adds Mynhier.

    After talking with Mynhier in jail, he says the monkey was his pet, "It was named, when I got it, Snickers."

    He says he bought Snickers from a friend and that he became part of the family, "I have a little house next door that it was kept it in. It lived in a cage and I also let it run loose in there.

    Sheriff's deputies say that Snickers appeared neglected, but Mynhier says he took care of her,"I fed it bananas, peanuts, and grapes."

    Sheriffs deputies working undercover paid $500 for the spider monkey.

    "It required some extra contacts and calls and a lot was done prior to the transactions. We wanted to make sure that we didn't have monkey on our hands, not knowing how to take care of one, or where to take it," says Cline.

    Sheriffs deputies say that Mynhier faces several felony charges for possessing oxycodone and likely a misdemeanor charge for possessing a primate.

    "Selling the drugs is what I'm confused about, but having a monkey that was stupidity," says Mynhier.

    Full story here.

    Freezing Lemur Found On London's Tooting Common

    A ring-tailed lemur, native to the east African island of Madagascar, was found collapsed in sub-zero conditions on a south-west London common.

    The primate, who has been named King Julien after the character in the animated film Madagascar, was found on Tooting Common on Tuesday night.

    The animal has been treated for shock and hypothermia at an animal hospital and is making a good recovery.

    It is not known how it came to be on the common.

    The lemur was also suffering from severe dehydration when it was taken to the Blue Cross animal hospital in Victoria, central London.

    It was put on a drip and put in the hospital's isolation unit for close monitoring.

    Full story here.

    "Elvis" Monkey Among 200 New Species Discovered In Vietnam

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    A monkey with an Elvis haircut and a psychedelic gecko and are among 208 new species described last year by scientists in the Mekong River region of Southeast Asia.

    The animals were discovered in a region that is threatened by habitat loss, deforestation, climate change and overdevelopment, the WWF said.

    The newly described species include a "psychedelic gecko" in southern Vietnam and a nose-less monkey in a remote province of Burma that looks like it wears a pompadour.

    "While this species, sporting an Elvis-like hairstyle, is new to science, the local people know it well," the group said in a report.

    Full story here.

    Thursday, December 08, 2011

    Chimps 'Trade' Like Humans - Some Even Indulge In 'The Oldest Profession'

    What was the basis for the earliest friendships? If wild chimps are any guide: support in a fight, borrowing a valued tool, and a bite to eat now and then. Quite similar to our friendships today, in fact. Indeed, some chimps are so modern they have relationships that we would classify as friends with benefits.

    Primatologists are reassessing the complexity of chimpanzee society in the light of new findings that also suggest answers to a long-standing question: why share things with non-relatives?

    For the first time wild chimps in Senegal have been observed taking plant foods and tools from other chimps, who don't react to the intrusion. The chimps donating their stuff don't get paid, but neither do they protest. Instead, the trade appears to help build social cohesion.

    What's more, in another west African study, this time in Ivory Coast, a "market" has been described where chimps exchange commodities in the shape of both social behaviours including grooming and sex, and resources such as meat.

    Christophe Boesch of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, says we have only recently begun to appreciate the time and energy chimps invest in reciprocal relationships, and he compares chimp relationships to friendship. "These findings have prompted primatologists to use some terms that have in the past been reserved for humans."

    Jill Pruetz of Iowa State University in Ames and colleague Stacy Lindshield documented a kind of proto-trade in savannah chimps (Pan troglodytes verus) living in the Fongoli area of south-east Senegal. They witnessed 41 transfers of plant foods and tools. Chimps are known to share meat, but this is the first study to document them sharing other types of goods.

    Food or tools were transferred from males to females 27 times. In most cases this was the result of a female simply taking the item and the male doing nothing to stop her. In other chimp populations males may lash out in this situation but at Fongoli males outnumber females and have to be nice to them if they want to have sex later.

    Pruetz suspects that item transfer is a social lubricant. "It seems like the ulterior motive is social group harmony on some level," she says.

    If a male is transferring goods to another male, then Pruetz predicts that the male will expect support from the recipient of his largesse in any future aggressive encounter with other males. If a male shares with a female he is likely to expect sexual benefits from her. "But other age-sex classes were also involved," says Pruetz, "and I think this reflects the cohesive nature of this chimp community."

    Full story here.

    Monday, December 05, 2011

    Pakistan "Arrests" Indian Monkey For Crossing Border

    A monkey, which had crossed the Indian border, was arrested by wildlife officials in Bahawalpur, Express News reported on Monday.

    As soon as the monkey entered the Cholistan area of Bahawalpur, locals tried to capture it but failed as the monkey dodged past them.

    The residents of the area then informed the wildlife officials, who after some investigation and struggle, managed to capture the monkey.

    The monkey was later placed at the Bahawalpur Zoo and has been named Bobby.

    This is not the first case of such cross-border animal arrests.

    Last year, Indian police held a pigeon under armed guard after it was caught on an alleged spying mission for Pakistan.

    Full story here.

    Wednesday, November 30, 2011

    Research Finds Poop-Throwing By Chimps Is A Sign Of Intelligence

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    A lot of people who have gone to the zoo have become the targets of feces thrown by apes or monkeys, and left no doubt wondering about the so-called intellectual capacity of a beast that would resort to such foul play. Now however, researchers studying such behavior have come to the conclusion that throwing feces, or any object really, is actually a sign of high ordered behavior. Bill Hopkins of Emory University and his colleagues have been studying the whole process behind throwing and the impact it has on brain development, and have published their results in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.

    Hopkins and his team have focused their research on chimpanzees, mainly due they say, to the fact that chimps are our closet living relative and that they are the only other species besides humans that regularly throw things with a clear target in mind. He and his team have been watching chimps in action for several years and comparing their actions with scans of their brains to see if there were any correlations between those chimps that threw a lot, and those that didn’t or whether they’re accuracy held any deeper meaning. Surprisingly, they found that chimps that both threw more and were more likely to hit their targets showed heightened development in the motor cortex, and more connections between it and the Broca’s area, which they say is an important part of speech in humans. The better chimp throwers, in other words, had more highly developed left brain hemispheres, which is also, non-coincidently, where speech processing occurs in people.

    Such findings led the term to suggest that the ability to throw is, or was, a precursor to speech development in human beings.

    After making their discovery regarding the parts of the brain that appear to be involved in better throwing in chimps, the team tested the chimps and found that those that could throw better also appeared to be better communicators within their group, giving credence to their idea that speech and throwing are related. Interestingly, they also found that the better throwing chimps didn’t appear to posses any more physical prowess than other chimps, which the researchers suggest means that throwing didn’t develop as a means of hunting, but as a form of communication within groups, i.e. throwing stuff at someone else became a form of self expression, which is clearly evident to anyone who has ever been targeted by a chimp locked up in a zoo.

    Full story here.

    Monday, November 28, 2011

    Monkeys Eat Like Kings In Annual Lopburi Buffet

    A local monkey population in central Thailand has been treated to a lavish feast of fruits and vegetables, as well as dishes prepared by five-star hotels, in a bizarre annual tradition designed to draw in tourists.

    The annual 'monkey buffet' festival takes place on the last Sunday in November at the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple in the town of Lopburi, situated 150km north of Bangkok.

    The ritual offers thanks to Lopburi's 2,000 monkeys for providing good fortune and prosperity, and tourists.

    Locals filled tables with fresh produce, desserts and giant ice blocks, which were then destroyed by the monkeys as locals and foreign tourists looked on with delight.

    Full story here.

    Leading U.S. Primate Lab Accused Of Illegal Chimp Breeding

    The largest primate research facility in the United States has been accused of breeding chimpanzees in violation of government rules, and possibly the law.

    At the heart of the case is whether the New Iberia Research Center systematically broke National Institutes of Health rules while breeding chimpanzees, or simply made a few honest and subsequently corrected mistakes.

    However, the NIH branch responsible for investigating the allegations has done so opaquely, with apparent reluctance.

    “They’ve signed contracts and grants saying that they won’t use federally owned chimps to breed,” said Kathleen Conlee, animal research program director with the Humane Society, who formally filed the accusations in March with the U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Health and Human Services. “We have evidence that they’re breeding federally owned chimps.”

    New Iberia and the Humane Society are old adversaries: In 2009, undercover video taken by Humane Society activists led to a government investigation of disturbing Animal Welfare Act violations at the facility, which houses 350 chimpanzees used in disease research. Some of the chimpanzees are owned privately by companies or universities, and others are government owned.

    Full story here.

    112 Monkeys, Baboon To Get New Home After Bankruptcy

    A wildlife shelter that went bust will be transferring 113 primates to a nearby sanctuary after a bankruptcy judge on Monday approved the move.

    "We don't have definitive historical numbers on rescues, but it is clearly one of the largest single rescues we know of," Adam Roberts, executive vice president of Born Free USA, told

    Born Free expects to receive the 112 macaque monkeys and one baboon in a few months at its primate sanctuary in Dilley, Texas. The animals are currently at the San Antonio-based Wild Animal Orphanage, which last year filed for bankruptcy.

    "This is a heartbreaking situation particularly for this large group of primates who would otherwise likely be euthanized without our humane intervention," Roberts said in a statement. "Every day wild animals need to be rescued from 'pet owners,' laboratories, roadside zoos, and other abusive circumstances, but this time it is about a large sanctuary having to shut down completely — and demonstrates just how challenging wildlife rescue work is."

    Full story here.

    Endangered Baby Gorilla Born At Chicago Zoo Dies

    A preliminary exam shows that an endangered baby gorilla born nine days ago at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo died of head trauma.

    Zoo workers discovered the baby gorilla was dead Friday morning, as she was being carried around by her mother.

    The zoo says workers allowed the mother, 16-year-old Bana, to keep the baby for several hours "to make peace with what happened." She was a first-time mother.

    The cause of death was determined later in the day during a necropsy, the animal version of an autopsy.

    The baby's father was a 22-year-old silverback gorilla named Kwan.

    The baby was the first Western lowland gorilla born at the zoo since 2005. She had not been named.

    In a statement, the zoo says the baby appeared to be fully developed.

    Full story here.

    Monday, November 21, 2011

    Exterminators Arrested For Orangutan Killings

    The police have arrested two palm oil plantation workers for allegedly killing dozens of monkeys and orangutans in Puan Cepak village in Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan.

    The suspects, both exterminators, claimed that they were paid to kill the animals under orders from a supervisor.

    “They received Rp 200,000 [US$22] to kill a monkey and Rp 1 million for an orangutan,” National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Saud Usman Nasution said on Monday as quoted by

    The suspects claimed that they killed 20 orangutans and monkeys between 2008 and 2010, although police believe the true number of slaughtered animals number to be much higher.

    Saud said that the men would send dogs to find and kill the animals if they could not be shot.

    “If [the animals] had already been shot and killed, they would take pictures and ask for pay from the company,” he said.

    Among items taken into evidence by investigators were photographs of the slain animals and buried bones unearthed near the plantation.

    When asked whether or not the police would arrest the managers, Saud said, “We are developing [the investigation].”

    Full story here.

    Palm Coast Monkey Shot With Tranquilizer Dart Flees Police

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    Flagler County's latest fugitive threw a bit of a monkey wrench at law enforcement Sunday.

    A rhesus monkey perched in a tree fended off capture for six hours and then gave officers the slip.

    Joyce Ramirez, a Palm Coast resident, saw the monkey in a patch of woods at the corner of Colorado Drive and Covington Lane. She reported it to law enforcement about 9:30 a.m.

    She spotted the monkey at eye level, but it soon scurried up to the top of the tallest tree it could find.

    "I've seen deer," said Ramirez, who moved to Flagler County from New Jersey. "I've seen snakes. But a monkey? You've got to be kidding me."

    Ramirez tried to coax the primate to the ground with cantaloupe and bread, but it chose to stay in the tree, much to the chagrin of law enforcement watching helplessly on the ground.

    Authorities weren't monkeying around with the rhesus. During the standoff, two animal control trucks, two sheriff's squad cars, a sheriff's sport utility vehicle and a truck from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were parked near the primate. A Palm Coast fire department ladder truck arrived just before the monkey escaped.

    Animal control hit the monkey with a tranquilizer dart, but officers could not find a way to safely get the groggy primate out of the tree.

    Once the sedative wore off, the monkey made a dash for freedom. Officers chased it about a block to Colchester Lane, where it was last seen.

    With the monkey alert and on the move, authorities conceded defeat and called off the chase.

    Mike Lagana, a corporal with the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, was one of the first officers to arrive. Lagana said he never could have anticipated spending his day staking out a monkey.

    "It's always something new," Lagana said during a break in the action. "It's what makes you want to come to work."

    This is the first time a monkey has been reported on the lam in Palm Coast, Lagana said.

    Authorities suspect the primate might have come from a troop of wild rhesus monkeys that lives in Ocala's Silver Springs State Park.

    Full story here.

    Friday, November 18, 2011

    Drunk Zoo Visitor Attacked By Monkeys After Climbing Into Pen

    A drunk zoo visitor was taken to hospital after he climbed into a monkey enclosure to "play" and suffered a series of painful injuries when the animals attacked him.

    The incident was captured on camera by an amateur filmmaker, whose footage shows the man swimming across a pool towards a group of spider monkeys.

    Joao Leite Dos Santos, a mechanic from Sao Paulo, Brazil, had been drinking alcohol when he went to the Sorocaba Zoo on Sunday.

    He climbed over a fence, pulled off his shirt and made his way towards the animals as tourists at the popular city zoo looked on, with many taking photos and videos of his stunt.

    As Mr Dos Santos swam towards the primates, two can be seen reaching out from the side of the pool in a bid to grab hold of him.

    The animals scratched and bit at his arms and shoulders as he moved closer to their group.

    Full story here.

    Chimps' Days In Labs May Be Dwindling

    Chimps’ similarity to humans makes them valuable for research, and at the same time inspires intense sympathy. To research scientists, they may look like the best chance to cure terrible diseases. But to many other people, they look like relatives behind bars.

    Biomedical research on chimps helped produce a vaccine for hepatitis B, and is aimed at one for hepatitis C, which infects 170 million people worldwide, but there has long been an outcry against the research as cruel and unnecessary. Now, because of a major push by advocacy organizations, a decision to stop such research in the United States could come within a year. As it is, the United States is one of only two countries that conduct invasive research on chimpanzees. The other is the central African nation of Gabon.

    “This is a very different moment than ever before,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States. “Now is the time to get these chimps out of invasive research and out of the labs.”

    Full story here.

    Thursday, November 10, 2011

    Mother Monkeys Help Sons Find Right Girl For Mating

    If you are a male human, nothing puts a damper on romantic success like having your mother in tow. If you are a male northern muriqui monkey, however, mom's presence may be your best bet to find and successfully mate with just the right girl at the right time.

    In a study of wild primates, reported this week (Nov. 7, 2011) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison anthropologist Karen B. Strier describes a monkey society where equality and tolerance rule and where sexually mature males, still living at home, seem to get helpful access to mates by the mere presence of their mothers and other maternal kin.

    The new study, which combines Strier's long-term behavioral studies of wild muriquis with new genetic assays obtained from their scat, is important because it can inform conservation practices for critically endangered primates. But the study's big surprise, says Strier, was evidence that could extend the 'grandmother hypothesis,' the notion that human females evolved to live well past their reproductive years because of the rearing advantages conferred by post-menopausal women on their grandchildren.

    Full story here.

    Panzee The Chimp Demonstrates Understanding Of Speech

    A 25-year-old chimpanzee named "Panzee" has just demonstrated that speech perception is not a uniquely human trait.

    Well-educated Panzee understands more than 130 English language words and even recognizes words in sine-wave form, a type of synthetic speech that reduces language to three whistle-like tones. This shows that she isn't just responding to a particular person's voice or emotions, but instead she is processing and perceiving speech as humans do.

    "The results suggest that the common ancestor of chimpanzees and humans may have had the capability to perceive speech-like sounds before the evolution of speech, and that early humans were taking advantage of this latent ability when speech did eventually emerge," said Lisa Heimbauer who presented a talk today on the chimp at the 162nd Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in San Diego.

    Heimbauer, a doctoral candidate and researcher at Georgia State University's Language Research Center, and colleagues Michael Owren and Michael Beran tested Panzee on her ability to understand words communicated via sine-wave speech, which replicates the estimated frequency and amplitude patterns of natural utterances. "Tickle," "M&M," "lemonade," and "sparkler" were just a few of the test words.

    Full story here.

    Experimental Drug Slims Obese Monkeys

    An experimental drug that targets and kills fat cells in the blood appears to help obese rhesus monkeys lose weight, a new study suggests.

    In the future, this approach may help obese humans lose weight, according to the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center researchers.

    "Targeting blood vessels of white fat tissue is a novel conceptual approach against obesity," said study author Dr. Wadih Arap, the Stringer Professor of Medicine and Experimental Diagnostic Imaging at M.D. Anderson. "Adipotide is a new drug candidate against obesity to be translated into potential clinical applications in humans."

    The report was published in the Nov. 9 issue of Science Translational Medicine.

    The usual way drugs work to counter obesity is either by suppressing appetite or by increasing metabolism to try to burn calories faster, the investigators noted.

    However, this new drug works by attaching itself to fat cells in the blood vessels and triggering a synthetic protein that causes the cell to die. These cells are then reabsorbed and metabolized, the researchers explained.

    When the drug was tried on monkeys that were naturally obese they lost about 11 percent of their body weight over a month, Arap's team found.

    In addition, the treated monkeys also improved their insulin resistance, which is a marker for developing type 2 diabetes. After treatment, the monkeys used 50 percent less insulin, the researchers found.

    Full story here.

    Thursday, October 27, 2011

    'Junk DNA' Makes Us Different From Chimps

    For years, scientists believed the vast phenotypic differences between humans and chimpanzees would be easily explained – the two species must have significantly different genetic makeups. However, when their genomes were later sequenced, researchers were surprised to learn that the DNA sequences of human and chimpanzee genes are nearly identical. What then is responsible for the many morphological and behavioral differences between the two species? Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have now determined that the insertion and deletion of large pieces of DNA near genes are highly variable between humans and chimpanzees and may account for major differences between the two species.

    The research team lead by Georgia Tech Professor of Biology John McDonald has verified that while the DNA sequence of genes between humans and chimpanzees is nearly identical, there are large genomic "gaps" in areas adjacent to genes that can affect the extent to which genes are "turned on" and "turned off." The research shows that these genomic "gaps" between the two species are predominantly due to the insertion or deletion (INDEL) of viral-like sequences called retrotransposons that are known to comprise about half of the genomes of both species. The findings are reported in the most recent issue of the online, open-access journal Mobile DNA.

    Full story here.

    Rare Titi Monkey Born At Lincoln Park Zoo

    A rare Bolivian gray titi monkey was born this week at Lincoln Park Zoo, officials said today.

    Born Monday, October 17, and is one of only approximately 50 individuals of this species in accredited zoos.

    The new arrival, yet to be sexed or named, was born Monday as the eighth offspring for mother Delasol and father Ocala.

    Mom and baby both appear to be doing well, zoo officials said. There are only about 50 individuals of this species in accredited zoos.

    “We are delighted,” said Curator of Primates Maureen Leahy in a news release. “Delasol is the oldest Bolivian gray titi monkey on record to have given birth, and the newborn’s father and older siblings are already pitching in.”

    Full story here.

    Chimp Breaks Out At Texas Zoo, But Doesn’t Get Far

    Dallas Zoo officials said a chimpanzee escaped from her enclosure on Tuesday morning.

    Officials said Koko got out of her bedroom and roamed into the hallway. Zoo keepers were cleaning her cage when they realized she was not in her normal area. She got out of her bedroom, but was still in a confined area.

    As a precaution, the Wilds of Africa exhibit was evacuated. A Code Red was issued. That means a dangerous animal is on the loose.

    The female chimp was discovered and tranquilized.

    "It took us a little while to get in a position where we could get a dart into the animal," said Greg Hudson, Dallas Zoo director.

    No one was hurt.

    Full story here.

    Endangered Monkey Pushed To Be 2016 Olympic Mascot

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    Rio de Janeiro environmental officials are hoping to make an endangered monkey species the face of the 2016 Olympics.

    According to the state's environmental ministry, the muriqui or woolly spider monkey is one of several animals native to the state that is at risk of extinction.

    The monkey is native to the Atlantic rainforest, which covers several Brazilian states, as well as Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay.

    Centuries of deforestation and development have seen the rainforest shrink from 1.2 million square kilometres to under 100 thousand square kilometres today.

    At the launch of their "Muriqui Rio 2016" campaign, environmentalists displayed merchandise bearing the proposed mascot.

    Full story here.

    Baby Monkey Born At Vancouver Aquarium

    The Vancouver Aquarium's monkey population just got a little bigger with the recent birth of a Goeldi's monkey.

    Ginger, the aquarium's female Goeldi's monkey, gave birth Sunday morning.

    "Mother and baby are slowly bonding and are doing well," said Dr. Dennis Thoney, director of animal operations.

    "The newborn has been nursing and the mother appears to be comfortable in her habitat with the newborn on her back. To allow mother and newborn time to bond, we will be closely monitoring but not disturbing them — as such, the sex of the newborn will not be known for another few weeks."

    Full story here.

    Wednesday, October 19, 2011

    Posse Kills, Captures Escaped Animals; Monkey Still Loose In Ohio

    Armed deputies have found and killed nearly all the animals — including lions, tigers and bears — that escaped from a Zanesville, Ohio, private preserve on Tuesday, the local sheriff told reporters early this afternoon.

    Investigators believe the preserve's owner, Terry Thompson, freed the 50-or-so animals and then killed himself. He was found dead at the scene.

    Throughout the day, police hunted the animals because they said they posed a threat to public safety. At a press conference, Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said he felt there was no alternative — deputies do not carry tranquilizers, aren't trained to subdue animals with them and were faced with the prospect of dozens of dangerous animals getting into areas where people live.

    As night fell, all but one of the 56 escaped animals had been captured or killed. A monkey was still at large and police managed to capture a grizzly bear, three leopards and two monkeys alive. They were taken to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

    Full story here.

    Tuesday, October 18, 2011

    Army To Phase Out Nerve-Agent Tests On Monkeys At Aberdeen Proving Ground

    After sustained pressure from animal rights groups and a member of Congress, the Army has agreed to stop injecting monkeys with high doses of a nerve-blocking drug meant to simulate a nerve gas attack.

    The practice, carried out at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County, Md., is designed to train Army medical personnel to respond to chemical attacks on troops.

    Last month, Aberdeen received a shipment of 20 male African green monkeys from a Florida company, Worldwide Primates, for the tests, which the Army has been carrying out since at least 2005. Army documents show the monkeys were to be anaesthetized, injected with a nerve-blocking agent, physostigmine, and observed by Army medical personnel before receiving an antidote.

    Worldwide Primates obtained the monkeys from the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, according to Army documents.

    Army spokesman Michael Elliott confirmed Thursday that the Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense at Aberdeen will “phase out” the nerve tests on the primates, also known as vervet monkeys, although he did not provide a timeline.

    Full story here.

    Escaped Monkey On Loose In Bandera County

    The Bandera County Sheriff's Department on Monday was searching for a monkey that escaped from its cage.

    Sheriff's officials said the 30-year-old monkey named "Obie" escaped from a property in the Lake Hills area near Medina Lake on Friday night.

    The monkey is about 2-feet tall and is not considered to be dangerous, sheriff's officials said.

    Even though the monkey is not aggressive, residents are urged to stay away from him and call the sheriff's department at 830-796-3771.

    Full story here.

    Teen Fined For Terrorising Capuchin Monkeys At Alma Park Zoo

    A Gold Coast teenager who went bananas at Brisbane's Alma Park Zoo, terrorising the monkeys, has been fined $1000 and ordered to perform 150 hours of community service.

    Bryce Samuel Boothby, 19, and two friends broke in to the zoo three times earlier this year, gaining access to the enclosure of the park's three black-capped capuchin monkeys.

    Boothby faced Southport Magistrates Court today, pleading guilty to three counts of entering premises and two counts of wilful damage.

    The court was told that on one occasion the monkeys became so frightened they went in to hiding inside the zoo.

    It was weeks before they were found and returned to their enclosure.

    Wearing an Adidas tracksuit, Boothby offered no excuse or apology for his behaviour when confronted by media outside the court.

    Boothby's defence lawyer Chris Rosser, who told the court the only witnesses to the crimes "were monkeys", said the friends had been drinking heavily before deciding to visit the zoo.

    Full story here.

    Monkey Invades High Speed Rails Station, Sustains Electric Shock

    A wild monkey that got into a high speed rail station in southern Taiwan on Sunday morning suffered burns from an electric shock as it ran around trying to escape, according to the Kaohsiung City Fire Bureau.

    The monkey, identified as a protected species known as the Formosan Rock Macaque, was running between the platform, the train track and the rain shelter on the platform to escape the firemen and the city's Agriculture Bureau staff who were trying to catch it.

    The Fire Bureau had responded to a call at around 10 a.m. that a monkey was in Zuoying Station of the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. and could pose a threat to the trains' operation.

    The catchers tried to lure the macaque with food, but to no avail. They then shot it with an anesthetic dart, but even that failed to quiet the monkey. It continued to run around until it touched a high-voltage cable and received an electric shock, then fell onto a train that was not in service at the time.

    The Agriculture Bureau staffers took the animal back to their base, where it was treated for burns on its paws and back.

    Full story here.

    Alberta, Star Gorilla At San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Found Dead

    On Friday, the San Diego Zoo reported that one of its gorillas had died.

    Named “Alberta”, the 32-year-old western gorilla spent nearly its entire life at the zoo’s Safari Park division and was hand-raised by animal care staff, said zoo official Jenny Mehlow.

    The animal was one of six gorillas at the park, Mehlow said.

    Alberta was born in 1979 at the Fresno Zoo before coming to the Safari Park and Mehlow added that western gorillas are considered to be critically endangered, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

    Before her death, Alberta was the mother of three infants born in 1988, 1996 and 1992 and was said to have “adopted” a baby gorilla from another mother.

    A necropsy will be performed to determine just what happened to Alberta.

    Full story here.

    Wednesday, October 12, 2011

    Iran Space Monkey Launch Attempt Fails

    Iran acknowledged as a failure on Wednesday its attempt to send a live monkey into space last month -- touted as its first step towards launching a man into space.

    "The Kavoshgar-5 rocket carrying a capsule with a live animal (a monkey) was launched during Shahrivar," an Iranian calendar month spanning Aug. 23 to Sept. 22, Deputy Science Minister Mohammad Mehdinejad-Nouri was quoted as saying by the ISNA news agency.

    "However, the launch was not publicized as all of its anticipated objectives were not accomplished," Mehdinejad-Nouri told reporters.

    He said the launch of a live animal into space was "strategic, and a priority," and expressed hope that future launches would attain more of the objectives set.

    Full story here.

    A Moment Of Duck Gorilla Zen...

    This huge gorilla and tiny duckling became unlikely friends after the bird escaped into the ape's zoo enclosure.

    Visitors to the Bronx Zoo in New York were stunned when the baby duck suddenly appeared inches from the massive primate.

    Fearing the 90kg western lowland gorilla might react badly to the feathered visitor, onlookers held their breath to see what would happen.

    But rather than attacking or teasing the duckling, the four-and-a-half foot gorilla became fascinated with the bird and inspected its new friend with a nearby stick.

    The 15-year-old female ape, called Fran, happily let it waddle about before the duckling was removed by zookeepers.

    Full story here.

    Baby Gorilla On Black Market For $40000 Is Rescued

    The black market for baby gorillas is growing, officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo said Tuesday, after a fourth incident this year led to the arrest of alleged poachers trying to sell one infant for $40,000.

    This year marks "the highest number of baby gorillas confiscated from poachers in a single year on record," the Congolese Wildlife Authority said in a statement.

    "We are very concerned about a growing market for baby gorillas that is feeding a dangerous trafficking activity in rebel controlled areas," said Emmanuel de Merode, warden of Congo's Virunga National Park. "We are powerless to control the international trade in baby gorillas, but our rangers are doing everything they can to stamp it out on the ground."

    The park, Africa's oldest, is home to mountain gorillas, lowland gorillas, chimpanzees, elephants and buffalo. The park has also seen fighting inside its borders and nearby during an ongoing 12-year civil war.

    The four rescues so far this year, which happened between April and last Thursday, follow the one to two a year saved since 2003, when accurate records were first kept, park spokeswoman LuAnne Cadd told

    "If four have been caught since April, the question is how many have been missed?" she asked. "How many more are being captured and sold?"

    The latest rescue came when Virunga rangers, acting on a tip, posed as potential buyers of the infant, an eastern lowland gorilla that was hidden inside a small backpack. The three suspects, who wanted $40,000, were arrested once the undercover rangers had possession of the gorilla.

    "Like all the infant gorillas we see immediately after confiscation, he was extremely tense and stressed, holding his legs and arms tight up against his body, and turning his head away when he got too frightened," said Jan Ramer, a veterinarian with the Mountain Gorilla Veterinarian Project (MGVP) who treated the gorilla afterwards.

    Full story here.

    Evolution: Sugar Helped Separate Human Ancestors From Apes

    Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine say that losing the ability to make a particular kind of sugar molecule boosted disease protection in early hominids, and may have directed the evolutionary emergence of our ancestors, the genus Homo.

    The findings, published in this week's early online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, are among the first evidence of a novel link between cell surface sugars, Darwinian sexual selection, and immune function in the context of human origins

    Sialic acids are sugar molecules found on the surfaces of all animal cells, where they serve as vital contact points for interaction with other cells and with the surrounding environment, including as targets for invasive pathogens. For millions of years, the common ancestors of humans and other apes shared a particular kind of sialic acid known as N-glycolylneuraminic acid or Neu5Gc. Then, for reasons possibly linked to a malarial parasite ( that bound Neu5Gc, a gene mutation three million or so years ago inactivated the human enzyme involved in making the molecule. Instead, humans began producing more of a slightly different form of sialic acid called Neu5Ac, the precursor of Neu5Gc.

    "This occurred at about the same time as early humans were apparently becoming major predators in their environment," said Pascal Gagneux, PhD, an evolutionary biologist and associate professor of cellular and molecular medicine at UC San Diego. "It's hard to be sure exactly what happened because evolution works on so many things simultaneously, but the change in sialic acid meant that early humans developed an immune response to Neu5Gc. It became viewed by their immune systems as foreign, something to be destroyed. At about the same time, they started eating red meat, a major source of Neu5Gc, which may have further stimulated the immune response."

    Full story here.

    Wednesday, October 05, 2011

    Monkeys Use Minds To "Feel" Textures Via Computer

    Monkeys have feelings too. In a mind-meld between monkey and computer, rhesus macaques have learned to "feel" the texture of virtual objects without physically touching a thing. In the future, prosthetic limbs modelled on similar technology could return a sense of touch to people with amputations.

    Using two-way communication between brain and machine, the monkeys manoeuvred a cursor with their minds and identified virtual objects by texture, based on electrical feedback from the computer.

    Miguel Nicolelis of Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, and his colleagues implanted electrodes into the brains of two monkeys. The electrodes recorded activity in the motor cortex and somatosensory cortex (SSC) – brain areas that orchestrate voluntary movement and sense of touch. Electrical activity from the motor cortex was sent to a computer, which translated the neural chatter into instructions that moved a cursor on screen. The monkeys learned what patterns of thought reliably changed the cursor's position.

    The team then assigned a unique texture to each of three identical circles on the screen. When the cursor hovered over each circle, the computer zapped the monkeys' SSCs with the same electrical impulses that occurred when they touched each texture in real life. Finally, the team taught the monkeys to associate a particular texture with a reward.

    Full story here.

    Tuesday, October 04, 2011

    Mystery St. Cloud Monkey Dies After Capture

    A mysterious monkey captured in St. Cloud on Wednesday has died.

    The Osceola County Sheriff's Office confirmed that the monkey seemed to be doing well, but took a turn for the worse and died around 8:45 a.m.

    Officials said the cause of death will not be determined until a necropsy is performed, but noted that the male monkey, believed to be a Rhesus, fell as many as 100 feet when he was tranquilized in a tree canopy Wednesday evening and captured by Animal Control.

    "This is very unfortunate and sad. It was our goal to trap him and have him relocated to a setting that would be both safe for him and the community," said Animal Control Director Lee Radebaugh.

    St. Cloud police said there was a sighting of a monkey Wednesday afternoon. Our news partner Local 6's helicopter Sky 6 saw the animal in a wooded area near a neighborhood around 5:30 p.m., and it was captured shortly after.

    Witnesses told Local 6 on Tuesday that they spotted the primate several times, which they said is around 4 feet tall when standing.

    Animal Control officers searched for the monkey in a blocked off an area near New Jersey and Wisconsin Avenues.

    The 30-pound monkey was tranquilized in order to be captured and was taken to Animal Control.

    Full story here.

    Born Free USA Rescues Baboon From Basement


    The 3-year-old baboon who was surrendered to Dane County (WI) Animal Services this summer and cared for temporarily by the Dane County Humane Society after living in a basement laundry room is doing “great” at his new, permanent home at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Dilley, Texas. In August, the olive baboon joined 13 other baboons in a 2.5-acre enclosure at the 186-acre sanctuary, home to 532 primates, many of whom were rescued from laboratories, roadside zoos and private possession.

    In addition to experiencing other primates and the outdoors for the very first time, the baboon — who arrived with the name Monkey — is getting used to his new name, Dane, chosen by a Born Free USA supporter, to honor the Dane County Humane Society, which took care of him during his transition. More than 150 supporters wrote to Born Free USA agreeing with the organization that he deserved a new, more suitable name now that he has a new, more suitable home.

    Full story here.

    Monkey Lost, Found In Doniphan

    A small monkey was lost through a pet door of the home it was staying on Monday. The monkey lost, found in Doniphan, is now safe and warm, awaiting transport to its permanent home.

    As a retiring therapy monkey, the grivet was temporarily staying at a central Nebraska home during his relay to a permanent retirement home. No danger was involved since the monkey is vaccinated and not carrying rabies. However, a bite is a possibility if cornering a scared animal, of any species, when unused to its surroundings and the people.

    Groene meerkatHelping Hands, a non-profit organization serving quadriplegic and other mobility impaired people, generally use the capuchin monkey as helpers trained to aid people. Other species, such as the grivet monkey lost in Doniphan, Nebraska, are often trainable to suit needs of people.

    According to the Grand Island Independent, using a trap baited with gummy bears, a blanket and other familiar items, the Central Nebraska Humane Society was able to catch the monkey about 3pm Thursday. Catching and securing a small monkey may need more than meets the eye, as the lost monkey escaped the room it was being held in at the humane society. A short jaunt through the gift shop likely taught the humane society workers to never underestimate the speed and intelligence of a monkey in unfamiliar surroundings.

    Full story here.

    Four Orangutans Rescued From Malacca Resort

    Four orangutan have been seized from a resort here after the animals were reported to be kept in squalid conditions.

    The primates, which included a five-month-old baby, were tranquillised and transported to Malacca Zoo to be quarantined before a decision is reached over whether to release them into the wild or to keep them captive.

    A Department of Wildlife and National Parks spokesman said yesterday's morning operation to transfer the orang utan was needed after the management of the resort, which also manages an animal park, failed to comply with Wildlife Conservation Act regulations.

    “We gave the management ample notice and reminders but no effort was made to improve the living condition of the primates.”

    The spokesman said the enclosure of the orang utan was not built according to the department's specifications.

    Furthermore, he said, several non-governmental organizations and animal lovers had pressed for the animals to be rescued.

    “The primates were found to have been neglected by the management,” he said.

    Four more orangutan at the same resort were expected to be seized tomorrow and sent to Zoo Negara in Selangor, he added.

    “There are a total of eight orangutan at the resort and we are seizing all of them,” he said.

    Full story here.

    Apes As Family: First Film Made For Chimps

    Primate Cinema: Apes as Family is an intriguing new art installation currently being shown in the UK. Half of it represents a human's attempt to make a movie specifically for chimps... while the other half shows how chimpanzees react to it.

    Los Angeles based artist Rachel Mayeri is behind the dual-screen installation, which juxtaposes her specially made 22-minute primate drama with reactions from chimps in the Edinburgh zoo. You can see a video up top that details Mayeri's project. Coming hot on the heels of the first chimp-geared advertising campaign, Primate Cinema: Apes as Family is the first piece of inter-species entertainment.

    Full story here.

    Wednesday, September 21, 2011

    Texas Deputy Takes Down Monkey on the Lam

    After a monkey bit a game warden's arm and managed to elude authorities for several days, Sowell on Wednesday morning directed a deputy to shoot and kill the animal. The monkey had been released during the wildfire evacuations by its Waller County owners.

    "There had been several sightings in the last two days, but he wasn't going to be captured," Sowell said. "Safety is my priority and it was my direction to take it down."

    In addition to the monkey sinking its teeth into a game warden, Sowell said he received reports from residents who had been startled by the monkey when it climbed on top of their vehicles and started jumping up and down.

    A deputy and officials with the Waller County Animal Control Unit located the monkey in the West Magnolia Forest near Plantersville after residents reported its location.

    It was one of 10 rescued monkeys kept on a ranch in Waller County, Sowell said, adding he didn't have many details about the owner or where the Rhesus monkeys were rescued from.

    Of the other nine, seven were back with their owner and the other two likely died in the fire, but may still be on the run, Sowell said.

    The body of the monkey shot by a Sowell deputy was taken to Baker Veterinary Clinic in Hempstead, where a rabies test was conducted, officials said.

    Full story here.

    Monday, September 12, 2011

    Smoking Ape Goes Cold Turkey

    Shirley the chain-smoking orang utan is being given the “cold turkey” treatment at the Malacca Zoo to help her kick the habit.

    The primate will be placed under intensive rehabilitation for two weeks before being transferred to Sarawak.

    “Actually, Shirley picked up the smoking habit while living in a longhouse as a pet in Sarawak and not in Johor Zoo,” Perhilitan deputy director-general Dr Zaaba Zainol Abidin said.

    He said the officer in charge of the rehabilitation would have to be very “strict” with Shirley by not entertaining her request for cigarettes.

    Dr Zaaba also said the Malacca Zoo would conduct a thorough medical check-up on the female orang utan to determine whether Shirley suffered from smoking-related diseases such as lung cancer or difficulty in conceiving.

    Full story here.

    Marmoset Babies Born At Colchester Zoo

    Baby primates have been born at Colchester zoo following two successful breeding programmes.

    Gizmo, a Geoffroy’s marmoset, gave birth to a healthy set of triplets and are already on show at the zoo’s rainforest walkthrough enclosure.

    Not to be outdone, Olive, the zoo’s silvery marmoset, gave the birth to a single offspring the very next day.

    The mother and baby are doing well and can be viewed at the Worlds Apart Walkthrough exhibit.

    The latest editions to the primate families were born on August 28 and 29.

    Full story here.

    Lab Chimps See Daylight For First Time

    In just one day tens of thousands of people have watched a stirring video of joyful and tentative laboratory chimpanzees getting their first taste of sunlight.

    “They hugged, they laughed,” said Michael Aufhauser, founder of the Gut Aiderbichl Affen-Refugium near Salzburg in Austria which has taken in and built new enclosures for the chimps.

    “Imagine, one is 30 years imprisoned in an elevator, and then suddenly the door opens,” he told the German television station RTL which filmed the moment.

    “They have never learned to climb. They had been placed as infants in the laboratory.”

    Some, like the 37-year-old chimp Susi, had been in a lab for three decades.

    In the video, the first three chimps crowd a doorway, heads swivelling back and forth, as they absorb the sights and smells and feel of outdoors. The trio hug, glance around warily, then venture out as a fourth and then a fifth chimp appears in the doorway.

    Liberated, they stroll around the grass gleefully.

    Full story here.

    'Mosaic' Fossil Could Be Bridge From Apes To Humans

    Australopithecus sediba
    A pair of fossils from a South African cave have scientists both excited and puzzled. Scientists say the fossils — an adult female and a juvenile — could be the long-sought transition between ape-like ancestors and the first humans.

    The bones belong to creatures related to the famous Lucy fossil found in Ethiopia in the 1970s, but their owners lived more recently — just 2 million years ago.

    The reason for the excitement? Ask anthropologists what they dream about, and many will tell you it's the fossil of the last pre-human ancestor that led directly to us. Nobody's found it, and any who claim to usually get publicly whacked by their peers.

    Lucy and her kind — the diminutive, ape-like Australopithecus that lived 3.2 million years ago — may well have evolved into us, the genus Homo. But a lot happened in between Lucy and the earliest humans, who emerged just over 2 million years ago. The true "transitional" species must have lived about the time we emerged.

    Full story here.

    Men Charged After 15 Monkeys Found Dead At Los Angeles Airport

    Two men were charged with animal cruelty after 15 monkeys they were shipping from Guyana to Thailand were found dead at Los Angeles International Airport, prosecutors said on Thursday.

    Florida-based wild animal broker Robert Matson Conyers, 44, and Akhtar Hussain, a Guyana supplier, have each been charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty, Los Angeles City Attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan said.

    Conyers appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, Mateljan said, while Hussain remains and large and was thought to be in Guyana, in South America. Each man faces up to six months in jail and a $20,000 fine if convicted.

    Mateljan said Hussain sold around two dozen primates to a buyer in Bangkok in February of 2008 and hired Conyers to deliver them.

    Conyers attempted to ship 14 Marmosets, five white-fronted Capuchins and six Squirrel Monkeys from Guyana to Bangkok through Miami, Los Angeles and then China, but the animals were refused transit in China because of an irregularity with shipping documents, Mateljan said.

    Fourteen of the monkeys died of neglect, starvation and hypothermia in transit back to Los Angeles, he said, and another had to be euthanized. The surviving animals were taken to the San Diego Wild Animal Park for further care.

    Full story here.

    Tuesday, August 30, 2011

    New Monkey Species Discovered In The Amazon

    Scientists on a WWF-backed expedition in an unexplored part of Brazil have discovered a new species of monkey. It’s still being studied, but is thought to be a previously unknown kind of titi monkey. The discovery of this and other ‘new’ species highlights the importance of protecting these remote areas of the Amazon.

    The unknown monkey species was discovered during a 20-day expedition to one of the last unexplored parts of Brazil’s Mato Grosso state in December 2010.

    This long-tailed, ginger-tinged little primate is believed to be a titi monkey, from the Callicebus genus, but has features on its head and tail never seen before in other titi monkey species in the area.

    A specimen is now being studied at Brazil’s Emílio Goeldi museum, in order to provide a description to mammal experts and primatologists worldwide. This will also help expand awareness of the wildlife of this remote area.

    Full story here.