Browsing All posts tagged under »chimpanzees«

Charm offensive hopes to highlight the underground trade in Britain’s wildlife crime

September 20, 2011

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Coming back through the airport last week I was reminded just what a major hub London is for people wanting to access different parts of the world, something that isn’t necessarily a good thing when it works in favour of international criminals. A new exhibition run in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police and a number […]

Project Nim – Review

August 26, 2011

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They did things differently in the 70’s. So much so that no one batted an eye-lid when a professor from Columbia University wrenched an infant chimpanzee from his mother, to give to his former lover to raise as a human child in New York City, as a language experiment. Meet Nim. Nim Chimpsky was considered […]

Humanising animals could lead to the creation of monsters

August 1, 2011

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In ten days time the much anticipated summer blockbuster Rise of the Planet of the Apes will open in cinemas across the UK. The film looks at how the genetic modification of one chimpanzee creates a new-breed of ape that eventually leads to a great ape uprising against the human race. This may sound like […]

Chimpanzees trained to use machetes

July 22, 2011

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I have to give it to 20th Century Fox, its publicity department is working overtime ahead of the summer blockbuster Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Yet another video has made it onto the net, this time showing a chimp welding a machete. I came across it after a note from one of my readers Christian, who alerted […]

Public misconceptions could be threatening the survival of Chimpanzees

July 15, 2011

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The other night I had the oddest dream. Perhaps it was a combination of too much cheese and wine before bedtime. I dreamt that Sir David Attenborough and I were in the jungle together filming a docco about a newly discovered species of ape that had bright green hair. It had the face of a gibbon […]

Every hack wants a piece of the breaking news action

July 7, 2011

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At quarter past five this afternoon a statement was released by James Murdoch that Sunday would be the last issue of the tabloid paper News of the World. Killed off after a hundred and sixty-eight years, potentially costing News International many millions of pounds and leaving hundreds of hacks jobless – today’s decision was the […]

Is your child smarter than a chimp?

June 9, 2011

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Most parents I know take great pride in bragging about how smart their kids are. Is this something they inherit? Or does it boil down to how much effort mummy and daddy put into developing their cognitive skills? Scientists say babies’ sensory organs are not fully developed at birth and need fine tuning, so the early childhood […]

Primate language scientist named in Time Magazine’s 100 influential people

April 25, 2011

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Easter is always a busy time for me as a freelance journalist; I’m what’s known as “filler” in the businesses. After a particularly hectic day reporting this weekend I grabbed a pint with a colleague (Karate Kid) at my local. We spoke about how my studies were going and this led onto a discussion about whether apes (given […]

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 […]