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Primates in Peril

October 17, 2012

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It makes for bleak reading but 25 species of primates are on the brink of extinction because of destructive human activity. The stark warning comes following a report published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature at the United Nations’ Convention on Biological Diversity in the Indian city of Hyderabad. Six of the severely […]

London Zoo denies accusations of incompetence over the death of baby gorilla

May 14, 2011

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When he was born Tiny became the first gorilla in 22 years to be born at London Zoo in Regent’s Park. But his arrival and the fanfare last year was not without some concern. His biological father had died in March and a new silverback (Kesho) had been brought in to lead the group of […]

Masking the problem – should mountain gorilla tourists cover up to save the great apes?

May 14, 2011

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I can hardly believe it’s almost a year since I carted myself off to the African jungle. I remember being full of excitement and apprehension as I put aside my high-heels and lip gloss and packed my box-fresh hiking boots and 100 per cent Deet. As a city girl who’s never even been camping it […]

The sky’s the limit attitude may not save the lemur, conservationists warn Branson

April 19, 2011

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Sir Richard Branson is used to making headlines. His maverick approach to business catapulted him into the big league and secured his status as one of the world’s most influential entrepreneurs. But his latest idea to help save the lemurs of Madagascar has sparked controversy. The British tycoon admits it’s “a radical idea” but wants […]

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 […]

New sightings of Madagascar’s “panda” brings hope

March 2, 2011

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Madagascar has been separated from East Africa for more than 100 million years. It’s the fourth biggest island in the world after Greenland, New Guinea and Borneo. You can just see Mozambique peeking out on the left-hand side of this map. It might not look far, but there’s just over 6,000km between the two countries. The […]

A King among men (and other primates)

February 22, 2011

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This infant’s arrival didn’t have the pomp that most royalty receive, but the latest West Country’s edition born at  Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is by no means any less important. It’s a King Colobus monkey (Colobus polykomos) also known as the Western Black-and-white Colobus. These monkeys are endangered and officially rated as vulnerable by the International Union for […]