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The Primatarium in Kings Cross

August 15, 2011

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Earlier this month I was intrigued to learn there was a Primatarium in Kings Cross during the end of the 1970s. It took over the site of where Scala nightclub in Kings Cross currently stands, but there’s very little information about what it offered the public. I imagined it was place where people would pay […]

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 […]

Primal instinct

June 18, 2011

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When an explosion at a chemical plant in Louisiana happened on Tuesday, thousands of primates housed just a mile away at the New Iberia Research Centre had nowhere to go. There are more than 7,000 primates (monkeys and chimps) on site. These animals however were one step ahead of their human relatives and knew  instinctively […]

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 […]

Standing tall – the fighting advantage of our ancestors

May 19, 2011

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I’m a Londoner born and bred. A rare breed in the capital which has become a melting pot of “diversity”. While I was growing up my mother ensured that my tones remained dulcet by sending me to speech and drama lessons. Every now and again the proper Sarf London accent comes out, but only when […]

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 […]

Chimpanzees can develop AIDS

March 9, 2011

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As I spend more time learning about research carried out in the scientific world, I realise there are a wealth of stories that just never manage to penetrate the mainstream media. The attitude of so many news editors is surprising blinkered and aloof, as I found out last year when I tried to pitch my […]

You’ve been framed

March 3, 2011

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Photographing wildlife is no easy task. As soon as you pull out a moving or stills camera, the elusive buggers are nowhere to be seen. This is probably why natural history documentaries take so long to produce. I was very fortunate to film wild chimps in the forests of West Uganda last year, but there […]

Island retreat

November 20, 2010

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Chasing chimps in the jungle may sound exciting, and don’t get me wrong it is, but it’s also bloody exhausting. If you’re lugging a camera and a tripod; the world’s heaviest rucksack – even though you’ve packed it like a capsule wardrobe – it’s still tough. Plus you’re watching out for snakes and spiders and […]