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Back to Uganda

January 25, 2012

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It’s official, in six weeks time I’ll be back in the Ugandan jungle. This morning I got an approval email for one of three research permits I’ve applied for. Woo-hoo the countdown has begun. It’s been almost two years since my first taster of fieldwork and this time I’m prepared, focussed and raring to go. I […]

Iranian space monkey grounded

October 4, 2011

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  In the early days of space exploration animals were sent into space because scientists didn’t know if humans would survive. Some of our closest cousins have boldly been where many of us may never go. In a year when America has seen its space shuttles go into retirement, Iran’s Space Organisation has been firing […]

Kings Cross nightclub involved in monkey business

August 3, 2011

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Since it re-opened in 1999 Scala nightclub on Pentonville Road in Kings Cross has been a hub for showcasing undiscovered musicians and singers as well as an escape for clubbers to ‘live it large’. But behind the Courtney Constantine façade lurks a very unusual history. The outbreak of the Great War meant initially that work on the […]

Cheeky monkey!

July 29, 2011

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Biologist, Mrs Natalia Paklina said: “At first I thought he was scratching but then it looked like he was tickling himself and laughing. For people on Bali these monkeys are sacred and associated with the monkey-God, Hanuman. ‘It means that the monkeys get given what they want by the locals so they have a lot […]

Monkey gives itself a pedicure

July 25, 2011

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There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to fit everything in. Aside from work and study and visits to the gym to stay in shape, I’m talking about time to do basic grooming. Unlike men, there’s a lot more pressure for women of a certain age (sadly that’s me) to “maintain” their […]

Snap happy monkeys discover photography

July 6, 2011

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The Infinite Monkey Theorem suggests that if you put an infinite number of monkeys at typewriters, eventually after hitting random keys one will eventually bash out the complete script of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Some scientists believe this theory is flawed following research that was carried out in 2003, but mathematicians say the theorem is a metaphor. The probability […]

Baby killers of the monkey world

June 15, 2011

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Cannibalism and infanticide are disturbingly common in nature and in one species of non human primate the females are the worst offenders. But what makes these revelations all the more shocking is that female moustached tamarins are not killing their competitors’ offspring, but their own. The moustached tamarin (Saguinus mystax) can be found in the […]

It’s not just me, monkeys have regrets too

May 27, 2011

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Last night I went to bed without uttering a word to The Northerner, a combination of being very grumpy and very tipsy after a lot of wine and a really stressful day at work – not my most attractive qualities. This morning my little black cloud has lifted and he was brave enough to suggest […]

Monkey vaccine offers new hope to AIDS patients

May 12, 2011

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I’ve found it very difficult to write this week. The intention has been there but there’s been no will. I’ve just finished my end of year exams which monopolised most of my time cramming and has left me feeling brain drained and I’ve also had a family funeral – my dear uncle died of cancer […]

Heritage status for Tanzania’s mountains may have peaked too early

May 3, 2011

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Hands up how many of you have heard of the kipunji? No it’s not a nomadic tribe. Take a good look at the photo below – it’s a species of monkey that was discovered in Tanzania, East Africa in 2003 and the first to be assigned a new genus since 1923. It has a distinctive […]