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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

A male bonobo known as

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. 

7 Big Secrets About Primate Experiments In Australia

Primates are our closest living relatives, and yet for those born into Australia’s animal research industry it is their ‘uniquely human’ qualities that are ultimately costing them their freedom  - and their lives ...

An Introduction To Primate Conservation - An Excellent New Book About Monkeys, Lemurs And Apes

New book published entitled, "An Introduction to #Primate Conservation"! Order your copy at https://goo.gl/L5VMS2 .

Primate Rampage: Monkeys Rip Up Voter Lists In Thailand

The road to a national vote on a new constitution took an unexpected turn in northern Thailand on Sunday, when 100 pig-tailed macaques reportedly stormed into a voting station and destroyed a section of the voter rolls and other documents.

Primates Enjoy Booze: Can It Hint At The Roots Of Alcoholism?

21 July 2016           By Alyssa Navarro for Tech Times  Two monkey-like primate species appear to enjoy drinking "booze" in the jungle, a new study revealed. The findings may help scientists pinpoint the roots of alcoholism or too much alcohol consumption in humans. 

Smart Primate! Capuchin Monkeys In Brazil Have Used Stone Tools For 700 Years, Scientists Discover

(Photo : Bart van Dorp/Wikimedia Commons) For the first time outside Asia and Africa, archaeologists have discovered that the capuchin monkeys in Brazil have used stone tools, such as hammers and anvils, for 700 years. Early humans using stone tools is a mark of human innovation. However, it seems that we are not the only species who know how to create and use them. Archaeologists have recently unearthed 700-year-old stone tools in Brazil. They said these were used by pre-Columbia...

The Baboon Bark

One of the quintessential sounds of the African bush is the "wa-hu" shout of male baboons, often referred to as the "baboon bark". Because of the two-part nature of this shout, it has been called the "bisyllabic bark" by those in academia.

Evolution Of Gut Bacteria Tracks Splits In Primate Species

  Microbes may have played role in shaping ape, human evolution BY AMY MCDERMOTT2:00PM, JULY 21, 2016 Microbes may have played a role in making us, us. A new study shows similar patterns in the evolution of gut bacteria and the primates they live in, suggesting that germs and apes could have helped shaped one another. For at least 10 million years, bacteria have been handed down from the common ancestor of humans and African apes. As apes split int...

Human Conflict Is Pushing Gorillas Into Extinction

Human Conflict is Pushing Gorillas Into Extinction – What You Can Do to Save These Animals In 1996, the small African country of Rwanda invaded it’s neighbor to the west, Zaire, the brutal result of mass genocides and killings perpetrated by extremists who had been given safe haven within Zaire’s borders. This bloody infiltration would culminate into the Congolese War, which claimed the lives of five million people, embroiled several prominent African countries, and pitt...

Say No To Wildlife Petting

South Africa is becoming more and more popular as a tourist destination and one of the most popular reasons for visiting is the spectacular wildlife. Along with the ‘Big Five’, South Africa is also home to an abundance of mammals, spectacular birdlife and our coasts are visited by dolphins, seals and migrating whales. However, despite all this wildlife living free in our forests, plains, mountains and coasts there is a disturbing number of facilities offering tourists the oppo...

Two Reasons To Celebrate At Monkeyland This Week.

Baby Howler at 2 days old

  The multi-award winning primate sanctuary, Monkeyland, located in Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route has double the reason to celebrate this week.   On Wednesday 11th March, a new Howler Monkey was born.  Both parents have been seen being very protective of the new addition to their family whilst the baby’s big sister has shown some interest in baby, but more interest in ensuring she still gets enough attention from Mum and Dad.

To Swerve Or Not To Swerve?

Every year, thousands of animals, including birds and reptiles are killed on South Africa's notoriously dangerous roads due to vehicle collision with animals. Colliding with wildlife is likely to cause significant harm to the driver, passengers, animals and the vehicle,yet evidence from a recent Endangered Wildlife Trust(EWT)study reveals that some drivers may in fact deliberately swerve to hit the animals.    Roadkill research undertaken by the EWT in the Greater Mapung...

Cruelty Uncovered At A Korean ‘monkey School’

caged in Korea at a Monkey School

An investigation by ADI into the Korean Monkey School - which forces monkeys to perform in degrading shows - revealed shocking conditions behind the scenes and cruelty to the animals during training. This video shows the suffering you don't see when you visit an animal show.  Find out more and how you can get involved at http://bit.ly/1c5IMbi. Animals in entertainment. It's no fun for the animals.  Animal Defenders International www.ad-international.org...

Adi Uncovers Cruelty At Korean ‘monkey School’

Primate abuse in Korea

An investigation by ADI into a Korean “attraction” that forces monkeys to perform in degrading shows has revealed shocking conditions behind the scenes.   At the Monkey School, which is located in Gamgyori in South Korea, ADI found:   To make the monkeys walk on their hind legs, their hands are tied behind their backs - in the secretly filmed ADI video workers laugh as a terrified monkey repeatedly falls on his face   Monkeys kept in squalid ...

At Monkeyland In South Africa Horse And Baboons Are Friends

unlikely best friends

At first glance you would think this pair were the best of friends.   But this baboon hitched an uninvited lift on the back of Jericho the horse.   They were caught lazing in the sun together at Monkeyland and Birds of Eden animal sanctuary in the Western Cape of South Africa.   Sanctuary worker Claire Hamilton, 55, said the baboons are a wild troop who have roamed the area for 26 years – but are usually shy around humans and horses.   ...