Jan 112017
 
Facing 2017

Next month I’m celebrating the 2-year anniversary of my heart attack or, in medical parlance, my acute myocardial infarction. Having survived it at all, and especially having recognized my bizarrely mild symptoms in time so the damage was limited, makes me exceptionally lucky. Having the medical insurance to get superior care during the emergency and […]

Jan 032017
 
Mouse Kabobs' and Saliva: Why Animals Give Strange Gifts

During this festive season, Weird Animal Question of the Week couldn’t help wondering: Are there any other animals that give gifts? And are their gifts any good? Great Things in Small Packages Dead bugs and body parts may not seem appealing to us, but they’re exactly what many animals want any time of year. Several […]

Jun 252015
 
Chimpanzees Deemed Endangered by U.S. - What's It Mean?

All chimpanzees are now listed as endangered by the United States, a ruling meant to better protect those apes in captivity, the government announced Friday. The decision, which goes into effect September 14, follows a 2013 proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to toss out the legal distinction between wild and captive chimpanzees. […]

Jan 102015
 
Video: Camera traps capture rare footage of wild bonobos

Bonobos, our ape cousins, love peace. Unlike chimpanzees, also our close relatives, bonobos are known to resolve conflict through sex instead of aggression. They kiss, they caress, and females display genito-genital rubbing (also called G-G rubbing) to communicate, bond, and reconcile. But capturing these elusive and endangered apes on camera is not easy. In the […]

Feb 182014
 
Huge chimpanzee population thriving in remote Congo forest

In one of the most dangerous regions of the planet, against all odds, a huge yet mysterious population of chimpanzees appears to be thriving – for now. Harboured by the remote and pristine forests in the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and on the border of the Central African Republic, the chimps […]

Aug 282013
 
Smuggler who illegally traded 500 chimps gets one year in prison

Wildlife smuggler, Ousame Diallo, who has admitted to illegally trafficking 500 endangered chimpanzees out of the Republic of Guinea, was sentenced to a year in prison in the West African country reports WWF. The arrest and charge was supported by INTERPOL and to anti-wildlife trafficking local group, GALF. “This time the result is excellent, we […]

Aug 082013
 
Dolphins Have Longest Memories in Animal Kingdom

Sorry, elephants: Dolphins have taken the top spot for best memory, at least for now. New experiments show that bottlenose dolphins can remember whistles of other dolphins they’d lived with after 20 years of separation. Each dolphin has a unique whistle that functions like a name, allowing the marine mammals to keep close social bonds. […]

Jun 272013
 
Fewer Chimpanzees Will Be Used in U.S. Research

The number of chimpanzees in U.S. government-funded research will be substantially reduced under a new set of principles and criteria, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced today. Francis Collins, director of the NIH, cited new scientific methods and technologies that can replace chimpanzee subjects in biomedical experiments as one reason for the shift. Ethical […]

Feb 192013
 
World's biggest camera trapping program hits 1 million photos of tropical animals

The world’s largest study of wildlife using remote camera traps has captured one million photographs. The project, known as the Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) Network, takes photos of mammals and birds in 16 protected areas across 14 tropical countries in Asia, Africa, as well as Central and South America. Remote camera traps, which […]