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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.

Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil

Mizaru, Kikazaru, Iwazaru are three names not many people know. But add 3 monkeys and various hand signals concerning the face and everyone remembers with shame the holiday photos’ poses.   Mizaru covers his eyes, and sees no evil, Kikazaru covers his ears, and hears no evil while Iwazaru covers his mouths and utters not a word of evil.Together, these three monkeys embodies the proverbial principle of “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”   The sourc...

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...