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The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA) consisting of Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and The Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary are the current winners of the Lilizela Service Excellence Awards - Best Visitor Experience 'Wildlife Encounters'; Skål International Sustainable Tourism Award - Best Major Attraction; winner of the 'Best Animal Welfare Initiative' and overall winner of the World Responsible Tourism Awards.
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Primate Feature
Humans Can Give Monkeys Golden Staph Germs

NEW YORK: Monkeys can acquire Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, also called golden staph, from humans, says a new study.
 
While humans acquired many deadly diseases originally through contact with animals, the new findings show that pathogens can also jump the species barrier to move from humans to animals.
 
The study, published in American Society for Microbiology's Applied and Environmental Microbiology journal showed that green monkeys in the Gambia acquired Staphylococcus aureus from humans.
 
Staphylococcus aureus is one of the most common causes of infections after injury or surgery in humans and in some cases it can even cause death.

In the study, experts isolated strains of Staphylococcus aureus from the noses of healthy monkeys in the Gambia and compared the monkey strains with strains isolated from humans in similar locations.   "We used a technique known as high-throughput sequencing to gain an exquisitely detailed view of the relationships between the various strains," ...

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At Monkeyland In South Africa Horse And Baboons Are Friends

The unlikely friendship of a horse and baboon

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.
 
‘Jericho used to belong to the villagers but he’s now allowed to roam the fields at the sanctuary with two others.
 
‘He’s very used to the baboons and he often grazes with them,’ she added.
 
Sourced from METRO

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Gri First Quarterly Meet

8 FEBRUARY 2013
VENUE – GEORGE MUNICIPAL CONFERENCE THEATRE
09h00 TEA AND COFFE
09h30 START
NB – PLEASE RSVP
 
Blessings for the New Year ahead. Please find attached the agenda for the GRI meet of the 8 February 2013. It is important to note that we start at 09h30 but you can arrive at 09h00 should you wish to have tea or coffee. The line up is exciting and we have National and Provincial Government present to relay some new exciting inittaives which are to take place in the Eden District. If you are not a member I attached the GRI membership form. This is important for when the Steering Committee Members are voted in.

I have been requested to again urge local municipal officials in IDP, Environment and Planning to make every effort to attend these sessions. It is very important for both the Coastal Management Programme and Climate Change Adaptation programme which Eden have either completed or are busy with. Your input will be highly valued. Yours in conservation ...

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Remarkable New Monkey Discovered In Remote Congo Rainforest

Lesula

Cercopithecus lomamiensis

In a massive, wildlife-rich, and largely unexplored rainforest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), researchers have made an astounding discovery: a new monkey species, known to locals as the 'lesula'. The new primate, which is described in a paper in the open access PLoS ONE journal, was first noticed by scientist and explorer, John Hart, in 2007. Jo...

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Golden Snub-nosed Monkeys

golden snub-nosed monkeys

Rhinopithecus roxellana

The golden snub-nosed monkey is an Old World monkey in the Colobinae subfamily. It is endemic to a small area in temperate, mountainous forests of central and Southwest China. They inhabit these mountainous forests of Southwestern China at elevations of 1,500-3,400 m above sea level. The Chinese name is Sichuan golden hair monkey (川金丝猴). I...

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