Browsing All Posts published on »March, 2011«

Mum’s the word!

March 31, 2011

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I’m at that age now where most of my friends are either married off with children or are brooding. I’ve been warned with many a wagging finger and raised eyebrow by my yummy-mummy mates, that unless I start procreating now or at least consider freezing my eggs, (I don’t even freeze leftover food!!) I’m likely […]

Goodall joins campaign to ban UK imports of monkey off-springs for research

March 30, 2011

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Tomorrow a petition signed by some of conservation’s heavy-weights will be handed into the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, calling for the UK to ban imports of young monkeys born to wild-caught parents for scientific research. The campaign, led by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) has been endorsed by world renown Primatologist Dr […]

Monkeying about in the Caribbean

March 29, 2011

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A dear friend and night shift colleague, Merlin (he is a wizard when it comes to anything to do with computers) has just come back from the Caribbean island of Barbados after proposing to his long-term girlfriend (aaaah!!). It seems the white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters painted the perfect setting he needed for […]

Run – dont walk, mutant monkey on the loose?

March 28, 2011

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It looks like a scene out of a science-fiction film – a gigantic mutant baboon effortlessly crushing a car with its fist. Run for your lives!! Fear not, it’s only an optical illusion. If you look closely enough, you’ll notice that the monkey is in fact precariously balancing on the car’s windscreen with one of its hand […]

Trials to vaccinate wild apes due to start next month

March 26, 2011

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During the last two decades scientists say the Ebola virus has killed around one-third of the world’s gorillas and tens of thousands of chimpanzees. In the next decade they predict that the death toll may rise to half of the world’s gorilla population. One American scientist from California wants to protect these endangered primates by vaccinating […]

Pass the salt

March 22, 2011

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Today I have the hangover from hell. I took Luton boy out to celebrate his birthday yesterday and after several afternoon pints we were joined by my dear friend from Ireland, Mr D, who just happened to be in London. Why is it always the impromptu meet-ups that get you into trouble? I used to […]

Researchers create a road map for African sanctuaries

March 19, 2011

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The influx of chimpanzees being taken in by African sanctuaries and rescue centres shows no sign of letting up. Despite the tireless efforts of conservationists and scientists to safeguard these apes in the wild, many new arrivals share a common bond, they are the by-products of either the illegal bushmeat trade or pet trade. Adult […]