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Ct Tourism’s Digital Media Campaign Gets Over 13 Million Impressions

Town Tourism’s digital media marketing campaign has generated 1 500 tweets, over 13 million impressions and reached an audience of 623 041 followers under the #LoveCapeTown hashtag during a 24-hour period. Cape Town Tourism is currently hosting four top international travel bloggers who are recounting their experiences of the destination across various digital and social media platforms this week as iAmbassadors for Cape Town.

Mobile Is An Essential Tool For Tourism Industry

Putting in place a mobile strategy is no longer a nice-to-have, it is the essential weapon in a fast-paced and competitive sector, reports EyeforTravel.com

Scientists Engineer "chimera"

Roku, Hex and Chimero are the world’s first primate chimeras - individual monkeys made from multiple fertilized eggs of the same species.

Monkey Population Up

KATHMANDU: Are you visiting Pashupati Area with human foods for monkeys? Beware, for the food that you feed them has prompted artificial physical growth and higher fertility rate among monkeys, leading to increased menace among visitors and locals.

Life Is Good

on safari at Monkeyland

We have all heard so much recently about the horrors of animal abuse, birds captured from the wild, elephants and monkeys tortured to make them perform, animals and birds imprisoned in cages etc. But I think we should remind ourselves that it is not ALL bad and sanctuaries such as Monkeyland and Birds of Eden pay testament to that.

Rita Miljo, Baboon Rescuer, Dead From Fire That Ravaged South African Sanctuary She Built

JOHANNESBURG (AP) Huffington Post report — Conservationist Rita Miljo, who cared for and reintroduced packs of baboons back into the wilds of South Africa, died in a fire that destroyed much of the headquarters of the sanctuary she built, a sanctuary official said Saturday. She was 81.

Tragic News – Rita Miljo Dies In Fire At Care

Rita Miljo, 81, dies after fire rips through Centre for Animal Rehabilitation and Education in the bush of Limpopo province.

Formal Fsc Complaint

Dear fellow environmentalist and animal right activist, according to unofficial numbers more than 1000 (!) baboons have been killed by the timber industry in the past 2 years in South Africa. The usual practice is to catch the baboons, stuff them into special cages and shoot one by one or gas them. We cannot and do not want to accept this. It is time to take action in the last days of 2010, the international year of biodiversity.

Sad But True

A surge in monkey meat.   The popularity has gripped residents of the Ruvuma region which marks Tanzania's southern border with Mozambique. It seems residents here are choosing to eat monkey meat instead of the higher-priced meats - beef and mutton.

Eating Monkey Meat

Immigrants from West Africa are flying in the face of US laws and eating monkeys as part of their cultural heritage.

Donate Online

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Welcome to our primate donation programme our "online donation program" for SAASA. What is this all about The emphasis of the SAASA sanctuaries (Monkeyland & Birds of Eden) is to search for and find primates and birds that we can help, to rehabilitate them to a point that they can be released, so you can see the various species as they are meant to be, free and in a natural habitat.

What Are Birds?

Birds are warm-blooded vertebrate animals that have wings, feathers, a beak, no teeth, strong hollow bones, a skeleton in which many bones are fused together or are absent, powerful flight muscles, and an extremely efficient, one-way breathing system. Most birds can fly. Birds have a very strong heart and an efficient way of breathing - these are necessary for birds to fly. Birds also use a lot of energy while flying and need to eat a lot of food to power their flight.

Bird Fossils

Bird fossils are rare because bird bones are hollow and fragile, but Jurassic, Cretaceous, Eocene and Miocene-Pliocene bird fossils have been found.

Bird Brains And Nerves

Like all animals birds need a control center and a set of communication channels to ensure that there system runs smoothly. As in most more complicated animals this is usually called a brain and a nervous system.

Vibations And Touch In Birds

Birds have contact and touch sensors on various parts of their bodies. These include their feet, bills and tongues ( i.e Woodpeckers). This relates to the fact that it is these parts of their bodies which most often come into contact with the rest of the world. In some birds the tactile sensors are particularly well developed in the bills allowing them to feed mostly by probing and feeling for prey, this is most evident in waders. Birds also have special small feathers called bristles which are ...

About Bird Feathers

Feathers are one of the most prominent features of a bird's anatomy, and they are unique to birds. Every bird has feathers and everything that has feathers is a bird. Feathers perform a number of functions for a bird. Firstly, they provide insulation, this is very important in a warm blooded animal (body temperature of most birds is maintained at around 40C). It is believed by most scientists that this insulating effect was the primary force driving the evolution of feathers, i.e. ancestral bird...

The Avian Eye And Vision

A bird's eye is very similar in its basic structure to a human eye. Though with certain modifications and differences.   The eyes make up a much larger percentage of the weight of the head in birds than in man, i.e. 15% for a common Starling but only 1% for man. This is partly because a bird's eyes are larger relative to its skull than a human's and partly because the skull is lighter, i.e. no heavy jaw bone and teeth.