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Great apes have midlife crises too

November 20, 2012

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The midlife crisis cliché is not uniquely human because our primate cousins go through the same emotions. A team of international researchers have found that dissatisfaction in midlife may have evolved in our common ancestors rather than just from the stresses of modern life. The well-being of 508 captive great apes from around the world […]

Return to Ngamba Island – Day 94

June 5, 2012

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It was a spontaneous trip and I wasn’t even sure I was going to be able to go, but on Monday I managed to crowbar in a visit to Ngamba Island on Lake Victoria to see the wonderful staff who looked after me so well and the chimps I filmed two years ago. The speedboat […]

Biodiversity and Conservation – Days 82 and 83

May 27, 2012

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I have to say I think I have been blessed by the people I’ve been meeting during this mini adventure. Maybe it’s the expression I wear that diverts the idiots, not sure, but I’m glad it’s working. The night before the start of the two-day biodiversity and conservation conference I was sat in the reception […]

The Cutter – Day 72

May 14, 2012

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Kalegeja is only 4km from Biiso. The road there is quiet and discreet and the village is tiny. Everyone knows everything about each other and the accepted practice of pit-sawing is seen as one man’s way of overcoming poverty and providing for his family. The Budongo Forest is on their doorstep, and the reserve is […]

Disease Transmission – Day 5

March 11, 2012

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It rained quite hard last night and the drumming on the roof drowned out the forest calls and I slept soundly. I felt fully recharged and I had expected to start my field work officially today, but everyone in camp was asked to attend a one-day talk by the resident vet, Dr Carol. The issues […]

Old faces and new faces – Day 3 Kampala

March 4, 2012

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Thanks to everyone who emailed me about the species of bird in my last post – for those still in the dark they were marabous. Now stop with the emails already! So today the Wee Bern and I shared a cab into Kampala. I waved goodbye to the staff at The Boma and vowed to […]

Super Bowl advert under fire for using chimps as actors

February 1, 2012

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It’s Super Bowl time so that must mean we’re in for yet another bout of controversy. What is it with this event that makes people taking part make the biggest faux pas? We’ve had Boob-gate in 2004 when Justin Trouser-snake, exposed a nipple shield that Janet Jackson was wearing during the half-time entertainment. Then there […]