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Watch Monkeys Swim

Watch monkeys swim for their supper in this rare video. Indonesia's proboscis monkeys are as at home in the water as they are in the trees - an unusual combination in non human primates. These web-footed monkeys are built for swimming.  Proboscis monkeys have an unusual trait not seen in many other species of monkey—they can swim. Using their partially webbed toes and fingers, they are able to escape predators and cross rivers to find food.

Monkey Floss

Watch a monkey floss its teeth with a bird feather.  Monkeys living on an island have learned to use a startling variety of tools and techniques to obtain the juicy innards of different foods – and to floss their teeth afterwards. The Nicobar long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis umbrosus) is only found on three islands in the eastern Indian Ocean. One of them is Great Nicobar Island. To find out about the macaques’ eating habits, Honnavalli Kumara at the S&aa...

The Congo Basin Demise

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Enviro Monday: The Congo Basin’s demise will affect the whole planet. The vast Congo Basin makes up one of the most important wilderness areas left on Earth, playing among others, a huge role in climate change.

Kindness Counts

"Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not." - Samuel Johnson 

Blue-eyed Lemur Concern

The Gorgeous blue-eyed lemur faces extinction in 11 years. One of the most recently discovered lemur species of Madagascar could also be one of the first to disappear. The striking blue-eyed black lemur (Eulemur flavifrons), which was only identified as a species in 2008, faces extinction in as little as 11 years due to rapid deforestation in its only habitat, according to research published.

Who Eats Lemurs?

The Answer Is More Complex Than You'd Think. Poverty drives bushmeat consumption in some regions of Madagascar, but not everywhere. For years now, conservationists have warned that many Madagascar’s lemur species risk extinction due to rampant deforestation, the illegal pet trade, and the emerging trade in the primates’ meat. Now three disturbing new studies reveal previously unknown details about how the bushmeat trade threatens lemurs, and they’re not all what you m...

The Slaughter Of Wildlife

The slaughter of wildlife for meat in Sabah and Sarawak must stop. Some people see no difference between consuming chicken meat or the meat of protected animals like pangolins. Others positively seek the gastronomic thrill, as they see it, of consuming the meat of rare and “exotic” animals. One can make the argument, as many people have duly done, that ethically speaking there is no difference between eating beef or chicken and eating sambar deer or pangolin. This is because, it...

Eateries Selling Bushmeat Beware

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah Wildlife Enforcement Unit has continued its operations in the East Coast since it launched its operations to hunt for turtle poachers in Semporna last month.

28,000 Lemurs Stolen From The Wild

Ringtailed Lemurs Threatened by Illegal Pet Trade. Residents of Madagascar have stolen 28,000 lemurs from the wild in the past three years.

Ringtailed Lemur Populations Have Crashed By 95%

As few as 2,000 of these beloved primates remain in the forests of Madagascar, according to new research.

Courtship Amongst Ringtails

Researchers call it “stink flirting.” A male ringtailed lemur rubs his signature scent onto his long, fluffy tail, then waves it over his head in the direction of a nearby female. Males seem to intend this gesture as a sexual overture. But it often gets them into fights - with lemurs of both sexes. In fact, scientists aren’t sure stink flirting helps male lemurs at all.

Lemur On The Menu

Lemur on the menu: most-endangered primates still served in Madagascar. Officials in Madagascar’s northeastern Sava region say lemur is served illegally in restaurants. One conservationist says people use a code to order lemur meat. More than 90 percent of lemur species are threatened, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

Lemurs Are Weird Because Madagascar's Fruit Is Weird

Lemurs eat way less fruit than most other primates, and scientists have a new hypothesis as to why: the fruit on Madagascar, where the lemurs live, is unusually low in protein. Scientists posit that the evolution of unusual dietary behaviors in lemurs, from leaf-eating to hibernating, is tied to fruit quality.

Lemurs Are What They Eat

Lemurs eat a lot of leaves because fruit on Madagascar isn’t nutritious enough to sustain them, according to new research.Research finds that poor quality fruit drives Madagascan diets.

Climate Change Pushing This Lemur To The Limit

A new study, co-authored by UA primatologist Stacey Tecot, paints a grim picture for the future of greater bamboo lemurs in Madagascar.

Help Our Forests Grow!

Help our forest grow! Visit any one of the three Saasa.org.za – Monkeyland and Birds of Eden and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary – during Arbor Week, 1 – 7 September 2017 and get free entry into the sanctuary in exchange for an indigenous tree.

21 Fun Tips To Help Teach Kids To Respect Animals Today

You love your pets and animals in general. You want to share that love and respect with your children. Teaching your kids to respect animals can also help you teach them to care for and respect other humans. Here are a few ways you can help your children be kind and caring to other creatures.

The Stuff Of Nightmares': Us Primate Research Centers Investigated For Abuses

A long-tailed macaque, one of the most common monkeys used for research into infections diseases or psychology. Photograph: David Longstreath

Nine US research centers that receive millions of dollars in federal funding are being investigated over the mistreatment of primates, prompting calls for the facilities to be shut down.   Incidents include the deaths of dozens of monkeys from strangulation, water deprivation and poor handling by staff. Other primates have died while trying to escape, while others have been injured so badly they required amputations.   Animal welfare campaigners called the litany of ...

Aging Bonobos Become Farsighted, Just Like Humans

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Bonobos have a decidedly low-tech solution to farsightedness, scientists have found.   Rather than donning glasses to bring objects that are near into sharper focus, aging bonobos just adjust their position, particularly when grooming their hairy pals.     Researchers noted that when older bonobos groomed their neighbors, they sat back and extended their arms farther than younger bonobos did — and they stretched their arms even more over time. In the new s...

The Wild Wildlife Of Monkeyland

Here is the proof that I am sharing my world with wild animals.   One of my favourite things about living in a rural area (The Crags - Plettenberg Bay) is that I share my world with wild animals.  This morning when I arrived at work the wild animals decided for me that I will be late getting into my office.