tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:/xml/primates1 primates news from mongabay.com 2014-11-12T21:58:52Z tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14011 2014-11-12T17:58:00Z 2014-11-12T21:58:52Z Local people are not the enemy: real conservation from the frontlines <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/Heather_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Saving one of the world's most endangered primates means re-thinking conservation. When Noga Shanee and her colleagues first arrived in Northeastern Peru on a research trip to study the yellow-tailed woolly monkey (Oreonax flavicauda), she was shocked by what she observed. Tiffany Roufs -3.015252 -71.958190 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13969 2014-10-31T19:42:00Z 2014-11-06T17:58:06Z De-protection of Protected Areas ramps up in Brazil, 'compromises the capacity' of ecosystems <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1031-thumb-paddd1.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Brazil has reserved about 17.6 percent of its land (1.5 million square kilometers) to receive protection from unauthorized exploitation of resources. However, despite significant expansions in protected areas since the mid-2000s, the formation of Protected Areas has stagnated in the country since 2009, and many have had their protections completely revoked. Morgan Erickson-Davis -5.585173 -54.480810 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13939 2014-10-24T15:41:00Z 2014-10-24T16:20:16Z When cute turns deadly – the story of a wildlife biologist who was bit by a venomous slow loris, and lived to tell the tale <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1024_george_madani_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Slow lorises are YouTube stars. A quick search on the website will greet you with several videos of these endearing little primates--from a slow loris nibbling on rice cakes and bananas, to a loris holding a tiny umbrella. Lady Gaga, too, tried to feature a slow loris in one of her music videos. But the loris nipped her hard, and she dropped her plans. This was probably for the best, because the bite of a slow loris is no joke. Being the only known venomous primate in the world, its bite can quickly turn deadly. Brittany Stewart 3.679069 114.851374 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13940 2014-10-23T18:27:00Z 2014-11-06T17:56:14Z Brazil declares new protected area larger than Delaware <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1023-Chiropotes-albinasus-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Earlier this week, the Brazilian government announced the declaration of a new federal reserve deep in the Amazon rainforest. The protections conferred by the move will illegalize deforestation, reduce carbon emissions, and help safeguard the future of the area’s renowned wildlife. Morgan Erickson-Davis -5.741395 -58.248986 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13936 2014-10-22T19:45:00Z 2014-11-06T17:56:00Z Gold mining expanding rapidly along Guiana Shield, threatening forests, water, wildlife <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1022-thumb-ppithecia-hans-hillewaert.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Gold mining is on the rise in the Guiana Shield, a geographic region of South America that holds one of the world’s largest undisturbed tract of rainforest. A new mapping technology using a radar and optical imaging combination has detected a significant increase in mining since 2000, threatening the region's forests and water quality. Morgan Erickson-Davis 1.175769 -55.766076 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13930 2014-10-21T17:14:00Z 2014-10-22T20:40:51Z Coal, climate and orangutans – Indonesia’s quandary <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/indonesia/150/kalimantan_0126.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>What do the climate and orangutans have in common? They are both threatened by coal - the first by burning it, and the second by mining it. At the recent United Nations Climate Summit in New York, world leaders and multinational corporations pledged a variety of actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation to avert a looming disaster caused by global warming. Tiffany Roufs -0.299076 117.110975 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13922 2014-10-20T14:08:00Z 2014-10-21T15:05:26Z Walking the walk: zoo kicks off campaign for orangutans and sustainable palm oil <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/kalteng_0897.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>If you see people wearing orange this October, it might not be for Halloween, but for orangutans. Chester Zoo’s conservation campaign, Go Orange for Orangutans, kicks off this month for its second year. The campaign aims to raise money, and awareness, for orangutans in Borneo, which have become hugely impacted by deforestation often linked to palm oil plantations. Jeremy Hance 53.224664 -2.884033 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13902 2014-10-13T15:03:00Z 2014-10-14T16:09:27Z Jane Goodall joins mongabay <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/AP0299-32-LR.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Famed primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall&#8212;whose image is known the world over&#8212;has joined the advisory board of mongabay.org. This is the non-profit branch of mongabay.com, an environmental and science website with a special focus on tropical forests. Goodall first came to global prominence at the age of 26 when she set off to Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania to study chimpanzee behavior. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13850 2014-09-30T17:24:00Z 2014-11-06T17:53:07Z The largest biosphere reserve in Southeast Asia: Vietnam’s success story or a conservation failure? PART I <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0930-gibbon5-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In 2010, poachers shot and killed the last Javan rhino in Vietnam, wiping out an entire subspecies. The Sumatran rhino, the Malayan tapir and the civet otter, too, have disappeared from the country. Moreover, charismatic species like tigers, elephants, gibbons and the secretive saola discovered recently in Vietnam’s forests are at risk of extinction in the coming decades as threats to wildlife continue unabated in the country. Morgan Erickson-Davis 19.397772 104.419758 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13843 2014-09-29T14:26:00Z 2014-09-29T14:31:24Z Did the world's only venomous primate evolve to mimic the cobra? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0928.Capture-and-collaring-low-124.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The bite of a slow loris can be painful, and sometimes even lethal. After all, this cute-looking YouTube sensation is the only known 'venomous' primate in the world&#8212;a trait that might have strangely evolved to mimic spectacled cobras, according to a recent paper. Mimicry in mammals is rare. But anecdotal evidence and studies in the past have noted the uncanny cobra-like defensive postures, sounds, and gait in slow lorises. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13827 2014-09-24T18:36:00Z 2014-09-25T23:54:32Z Scientists use genes, feces to study disappearing monkeys <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0924-king-colobus-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Human pressures through tree clearing and poaching are reducing both forest and fauna in West Africa. In response to dwindling primate populations, scientists used genetics techniques to examine their makeup and outlook – demonstrating the usefulness of such methods in the study of animals that are becoming ever-fewer in number and ever-harder to find. Morgan Erickson-Davis 6.757973 -4.795016 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13769 2014-09-11T15:20:00Z 2014-09-19T22:14:50Z Why are great apes treated like second-class species by CITES? The illegal trade in live chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans showed no signs of weakening in the first half of 2014&#8212;and may actually be getting worse&#8212;since the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) published the first-ever report to gauge the global black market trade in great apes in 2013. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13742 2014-09-04T22:22:00Z 2014-09-29T14:26:31Z Conservationists use social media to take on Peru's booming illegal wildlife trade <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0904_150.-Capuchin-monkey-in-cage_Photo-Noga-Shanee.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Illegal wildlife trafficking is thriving in Peru. But a Peruvian organization is now using a public campaign, via social media and press releases, to track and rescue illegally kept wildlife in the country. 'I have filed 47 complaints from 14 different states in Peru including hundreds of animals commercialized illegally in markets, kept as pets, and used as tourist attractions,' said Noga Shanee, Co-founder and project director of Neotropical Primate Conservation. Tiffany Roufs tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13734 2014-09-02T17:08:00Z 2014-09-02T17:34:32Z Scientists uncover five new species of 'toupee' monkeys in the Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0831.saki.ci_39968595.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>While saki monkeys may be characterized by floppy mops of hair that resemble the worst of human toupees, these acrobatic, tree-dwelling primates are essential for dispersing seeds. After long being neglected by both scientists and conservationists, a massive research effort by one intrepid researcher has revealed the full-scale of saki monkey diversity, uncovering five new species. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13732 2014-09-01T20:51:00Z 2014-09-01T20:53:31Z 25 primate pictures for World Primate Day September 1 is World Primate Day, a designation intended to raise awareness about apes, monkeys, and prosimians like lemurs, lorises, and tarsiers. Many non-human primates are threatened by habitat loss, the pet trade, and hunting. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13699 2014-08-21T21:51:00Z 2014-11-06T17:47:49Z Have scientists discovered a new primate in the Philippines? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/Tarsier.from.Dinagat.Isl.photo.Andrew-Cunningham.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Despite some media reports, scientists have not yet discovered a new species of big-eyed, nocturnal primate&#8212;known as tarsiers&#8212;in the Philippines. Instead what they have discovered is an intriguing population that is genetically-distinct even from nearby relatives, according to a new open-access paper in PLOS ONE. Jeremy Hance 10.168583 125.594253 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13684 2014-08-19T01:44:00Z 2014-08-21T02:10:01Z 20 orangutan pictures for World Orangutan Day <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/indonesia/150/kalteng_0909.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>August 19 is World Orangutan Day, a designation intended to raise awareness about the great red ape, which is threatened by habitat loss, the pet trade, and hunting. Once distributed across much of southeast Asia, today orangutans are only found on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. Both species of orangutan &#8212; the Sumatran and the Bornean &#8212; are considered endangered. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13624 2014-08-04T20:13:00Z 2014-11-06T17:44:27Z Tin mining, palm oil plantations wreaking havoc on small Indonesian island <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0804-tarsier-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Belitung, a picturesque island off the east coast of Sumatra, has experienced an uptick in tourism recently due to its unspoiled white sand beaches and turquoise waters. But next to all of the beauty, an environmental tragedy is quietly unfolding: the island’s primary forests are being cut down at an alarming rate in favor of mining and palm oil plantations. Morgan Erickson-Davis -2.939268 107.975917 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13568 2014-07-22T13:05:00Z 2014-07-29T19:42:37Z Monkeys use field scientists as human shields against predators <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0722.kenya_1125a.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>If you're monkey&#8212;say a samango monkey in South Africa&#8212;probably the last thing you want is to be torn apart and eaten by a leopard or a caracal. In fact, you probably spend a lot of time and energy working to avoid such a grisly fate. Well, now there's a simpler way: just stick close to human researchers. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13523 2014-07-10T15:08:00Z 2014-07-10T15:26:56Z Next big idea in forest conservation? Rewards for reforestation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0710.louis.Dr.-Ed-Louis.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Susie McGuire and Dr. Edward Louis Jr. are the powerhouse team behind the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership (MBP), an NGO that involves local residents&#8212;both human and primate&#8212;in reforestation efforts in Madagascar. A conservation geneticist and veterinarian by training, Ed Louis has discovered 21 lemur species and successfully reintroduced two species of locally extinct lemurs back into the wild. Jeremy Hance -21.380746 47.867042 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13499 2014-07-07T17:55:00Z 2014-07-07T18:23:24Z Oil, wildlife, and people: competing visions of development collide in Virunga National Park <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0707_virunga_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>What does SOCO's withdrawal really mean for the future of Virunga National Park? - Part II. Located in the eastern DRC, Virunga is the first national park created in Africa, a World Heritage Site and home to mountain gorillas, of which fewer than 900 remain. As such, SOCO's announcement to suspend activities followed in the wake of a concerted campaign led by WWF to "draw the line" to save Virunga from devastation by prospective oil drilling. Tiffany Roufs -0.065090 29.510771 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13481 2014-07-01T23:02:00Z 2014-07-01T23:22:17Z Bigfoot found? Nope, 'sasquatch hairs' come from cows, raccoons, and humans <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/SUM_3464150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Subjecting 30 hairs purportedly from bigfoot, the yeti, and other mystery apes has revealed a menagerie of sources, but none of them giant primates (unless you count humans). Using DNA testing, the scientists undertook the most rigorous and wide-ranging examination yet of evidence of these cryptic&#8212;perhaps mythical&#8212;apes, according to a new study in the Proceedings of Royal Society B. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13423 2014-06-23T13:33:00Z 2014-06-23T16:54:02Z Broken promises no more? Signs Sabah may finally uphold commitment on wildlife corridors <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/HUTAN-Marc-Ancrenaz6.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Five years ago an unlikely meeting was held in the Malaysian state of Sabah to discuss how to save wildlife amid worsening forest fragmentation. Although the meeting brought together longtime adversaries&#8212;conservationists and the palm oil industry&#8212;it appeared at the time to build new relationships and even point toward a way forward for Sabah's embattled forests. Jeremy Hance 5.531846 118.292569 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13398 2014-06-17T15:38:00Z 2014-06-17T16:11:23Z What does SOCO's withdrawal really mean for the future of Virunga National Park? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0617_virunga_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Recent headlines have touted an agreement between SOCO International, a British oil company, and WWF, as bringing about an end to oil exploration in Virunga National Park. For example: Oil company Soco not to drill in Virunga World Heritage Site, Deal aims to ban drilling in gorilla preserve, and Soco halts oil exploration in Africa's Virunga national park. However, the same news banners flew in 2011, and oil exploration returned. Tiffany Roufs -0.064983 29.510750 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13393 2014-06-16T18:42:00Z 2014-06-16T20:07:50Z Over 800 species added to IUCN threatened list, including 44 lemurs <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/madagascar_5748.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Experts have added 817 species to the threatened categories of the IUCN Red List in the latest update. Those added include 51 mammals&#8212;mostly lemurs&#8212;and over 400 plants. The new update finds that over 90 percent of lemurs and 79 percent of temperate slipper orchids are threatened with extinction. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13377 2014-06-13T17:13:00Z 2014-06-13T17:26:46Z Extractive industries and apes <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/indonesia/150/kalteng_0909.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Current thinking in the private and public sectors asserts that economic development needs are in conflict with, or mutually exclusive of, the need to conserve the biosphere on which we depend. So, we are asked either to reduce development in the name of conservation or to reduce conservation in the name of development. Tiffany Roufs tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13376 2014-06-12T22:30:00Z 2014-06-13T14:36:44Z What's an environmental journalist to do with so much good news? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0612.800px-Virunga_National_Park_Gorilla.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>As an environmental journalist covering stories from the great Arctic ice melt to the rhino poaching crisis in Africa, you'll forgive me if sometimes in the morning&#8212;before I turn my computer on&#8212;I have a sudden desire to spend a few extra minutes in bed or have a leisurely breakfast with my daughter or just sit in the back yard with a cup of tea and a good book. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13370 2014-06-11T16:54:00Z 2014-06-11T17:02:23Z Oil overthrow: Soco to suspend operations in Virunga National Park after sustained campaign by WWF <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0611.Rugendo_in_bukima.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In a surprise announcement, British oil company Soco International has said it will suspend exploratory operations in Virunga National Park, home to half the world's Critically Endangered mountain gorillas as well as thousands of other species. The announcement follows several years of campaigning from conservation groups led by WWF. Jeremy Hance -0.176648 29.550871 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13299 2014-05-28T15:22:00Z 2014-05-28T15:51:00Z Greenpeace accuses controversial palm oil company and Cameroon government of illegal logging <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0528.bulldozers.herakles.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Greenpeace has just accused one of the world's most controversial oil palm companies, Herakles Farms, of colluding with top government officials to sell off illegally logged timber to China. According to a new report, an agreement between Cameroon's Minister of Forestry and Herkales Farms&#8212;through a shell company&#8212;could torpedo the country's agreement with the EU for better timber management. Jeremy Hance 5.063568 9.285140 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13271 2014-05-22T15:42:00Z 2014-06-25T15:48:50Z Zero-deforestation commitments pose acute challenges for commercial giants in the palm oil industry <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/sabah/150/sabah_4062.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The path to zero-deforestation appears to be paved with good intentions, but how successful are these companies in staying on that path? A controversial proposal to construct a refinery in the wildlife-rich Balikpapan Bay in Indonesian Borneo highlights the challenges faced by both palm oil companies and conservationists in the face of zero-deforestation commitments. Jeremy Hance -1.127826 116.779421 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13239 2014-05-16T16:34:00Z 2014-05-25T03:43:50Z Connecting forests, saving species: conservation group plans extensive wildlife corridor in Panama <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0516-azuero-monkey-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>With the cooperation of hundreds of ranchers and researchers, Azuero Earth Project aims to replant a swath of tropical dry forest, connecting the dry tropical forest on the coast to cloud forest further inland. The trees along the 140-kilometer (80-mile) wildlife corridor will create a continuous habitat for the Critically Endangered Azuero spider monkey (<i>Ateles geoffroyi azuerensis</i>) and improve the soil for people who farm and ranch along the way. Morgan Erickson-Davis 7.492517 -80.544818 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13228 2014-05-15T13:33:00Z 2014-05-15T16:09:03Z Vazaha is Malagasy for 'gringo': Conservation, national identity, and conflicting interest in Madagascar <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0514.madagascar_lemurs_0026.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In the fight for conservation Madagascar is without a doubt on the front lines. Not only are most of its forests already destroyed&#8212;with a mere 10% of intact forest remaining at best—but there's still much to lose in what remains. Madagascar is listed as having the third highest primate diversity in the world, with all primate species being lemurs. Jeremy Hance -21.380718 47.867544 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13191 2014-05-07T17:09:00Z 2014-05-07T17:35:21Z Not unique to humans: marmoset shows compassion for dying mate (VIDEO) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0507-marmoset-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>For the first time, researchers have observed an adult marmoset comforting a dying adult family member, behavior that was previously thought to be unique only to humans and chimpanzees. Researchers observed this behavior between a mated pair of common marmosets (<i>Callithrix jacchus</i>) in Brazil, and describe the event in a paper and video published in the journal <i>Primates</i>. Morgan Erickson-Davis -1.337102 -47.643393 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13182 2014-05-05T17:10:00Z 2014-05-07T16:26:00Z Seeing the Forest for the Trees: How 'One Health' Connects Humans, Animals, and Ecosystems <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0501nicole150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The emerging One Health movement recognizes the inextricable connections between human, animal, and ecosystem health and is leading not only to new scientific research but also to projects that help people rise out of poverty, improve their health, reduce conflicts with wildlife, and preserve ecosystems. Mongabay.org SRI Fellow Wendee Nicole reports. Tiffany Roufs -1.080616 29.661389 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13176 2014-05-05T14:37:00Z 2014-05-05T17:21:26Z When the orangutan and the slow loris met - and no one was eaten <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0505.orangutanslowloris.Figure-1.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In 2004 and 2012, scientists recorded rare encounters between two very different primates: southern Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii) and Philippine slow loris (Nycticebus menagensis). But in neither case did the Bornean orangutan appear to attempt to kill the slow loris for consumption, which Sumatran orangutans are known to do, albeit very rarely. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13103 2014-04-21T16:28:00Z 2014-04-23T19:17:34Z Small monkeys take over when big primates have been hunted out in the Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/colombia_0864.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The barbecued leg of a spider monkey might not be your idea of a sumptuous dinner, but to the Matsés or one of the fifteen tribes in voluntary isolation in Peru, it is the result of a successful hunt and a proud moment for the hunter's family. However, a spider monkey tends to have only a single infant once every 30 months, which necessarily limits the number of adult monkeys available to subsistence hunters. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13040 2014-04-04T19:55:00Z 2014-04-07T14:35:03Z Will yellow fever drive brown howler monkeys to extinction in Argentina? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0404-howler-close-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The brown howler monkey is listed as Critically Endangered in Argentina, where a small number persist in the northeastern portion of the country. Although habitat loss and other human impacts have contributed to the populations’ decline, a new report indicates that yellow fever outbreaks in the region are primarily to blame. Morgan Erickson-Davis -26.611405 -54.417818 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12977 2014-03-24T19:31:00Z 2014-03-24T19:59:04Z Over 9,000 primates killed for single bushmeat market in West Africa every year <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0324.bushmeat.tcs.monkeys.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Over the past 25 years, West Africa's primates have been put at risk due to an escalating bushmeat trade compounded with forest loss from expanding human populations. In fact, many endemic primates in the Upper Guinea forests of Liberia and Ivory Coast have been pushed to the verge of extinction. To better understand what’s happening, a recent study in mongabay.com's open-access journal Tropical Conservation Science investigated the bushmeat exchange between these neighboring countries. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12975 2014-03-24T17:19:00Z 2014-03-24T20:27:50Z Indonesia's orangutan action plan failing to save great red apes <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/indonesia/150/kalteng_0892.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In December 2007, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono launched Indonesia’s Strategy and Action Plan for National Conservation of Orangutans. Quoting the president from his speech, 'this will serve as a blueprint for our efforts to save some of our most exotic but endangered wildlife.' Furthermore, the president said that 'the Orangutan action plan formally endorses Indonesia’s commitment to orangutan conservation as expressed in 2005 when Indonesia signed the Kinshasa Declaration on the Protection of Great Apes in the Democratic Republic of Congo.' Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12958 2014-03-21T00:45:00Z 2014-03-27T22:01:55Z Next big idea in forest conservation? Offer health care for forest protection <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0320.health.Danzer_027545.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Dr. Kinari Webb has a superpower: the ability to provide high-quality health care in a remote and rural landscape. And she uses her power not only to save lives, but also to protect the remaining Bornean rainforests. Twenty-one years ago, Kinari Webb traveled to Borneo to work with orangutans. She witnessed the faltering health of both the people and the environment and saw that the two issues were inseparable. When families must choose between the health of their children and the health of the forest that supports them, everyone loses. But in the region of Gunung Palung National Park &#8212; where an estimated 10 percent of the world's orangutans live &#8212; illegal logging and slash and burn farming methods paid the bills and locals saw few alternatives. Kinari vowed to study medicine and return with more to offer. Jeremy Hance -0.961310 109.975687 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12957 2014-03-20T15:06:00Z 2014-03-20T15:20:59Z Panda lemur making a comeback <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0311.Andriantantely-greater-bamboo-lemur-%C2%A9-Hery-Randriahaingo.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>One of the world's biggest populations of greater bamboo lemurs (<i>Prolemur simus</i>)&#8212;sometimes known as the panda lemur&#8212;has doubled in just three years, giving conservationists new hope that the species can be kept from extinction. With the recent arrival of twenty babies, a community conservation project run by the Aspinall Foundation has boosted the local population to over 100 individuals in Andriantantely, one of Madagascar's only surviving lowland rainforests. Greater bamboo lemurs are currently categorized as Critically Endangered, though they were once believed extinct until hidden populations were uncovered in the 1980s. Jeremy Hance -18.700073 48.801227 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12824 2014-02-25T18:24:00Z 2014-02-27T11:01:06Z Lady Gaga gets bitten by venomous primate, sparking outrage over loris trafficking <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0225lorisvsgaga150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Last week, the musical artist, Lady Gaga, was 'nipped' by the world's only venomous primate, a slow loris, in a misguided attempt to use the animal in a new music video. After it bit the musician, the idea of using the primate in the video was dropped. This was just as well, according to loris expert Anna Nekaris, who says that slow lorises have become increasingly endangered worldwide by the illegal pet trade after people have seen them on YouTube videos. Rhett Butler 14.40808 106.100035 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12822 2014-02-25T01:58:00Z 2014-02-25T02:01:37Z Borneo monkeys lose a tenth of their habitat in a decade Four species of langurs monkeys that are endemic to Borneo lost more than a tenth of their habitat in just ten years, finds a study published in the journal <i>Biodiversity and Conservation</i>. Rhett Butler -2.163792 114.064495 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12793 2014-02-20T19:14:00Z 2014-02-20T19:57:27Z The lemur end-game: scientists propose ambitious plan to save the world's most imperiled mammal family <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0220.madagascar_0066.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Due to the wonderful idiosyncrasies of evolution, there is one country on Earth that houses 20 percent of the world's primates. More astounding still, every single one of these primates&#8212;an entire distinct family in fact&#8212;are found no-where else. The country is, of course, Madagascar and the primates in question are, of course, lemurs. But the far-flung island of Madagascar, once a safe haven for wild evolutionary experiments, has become an ecological nightmare. Overpopulation, deep poverty, political instability, slash-and-burn agriculture, illegal logging for lucrative woods, and a booming bushmeat trade has placed 94 percent of the world's lemurs under threat of extinction, making this the most imperiled mammal group on the planet. But, in order to stem a rapid march toward extinction, conservationists today publicized an emergency three year plan to safeguard 30 important lemur forests in the journal <i>Science</i>. Jeremy Hance -18.659257 48.441009 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12776 2014-02-14T18:36:00Z 2014-02-20T19:09:32Z Local communities key to saving the Critically Endangered Mexican black howler monkey <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0214Monkey150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>For conservation initiatives around the world, community involvement is often crucial. An additional challenge is how to conserve species once their habitats have become fragmented. A primatologist in Mexico is bringing these together in a celebration of a Critically Endangered primate species: the Mexican black howler monkey. In 2013 Juan Carlos Serio-Silva was part of a team that not only helped to secure the establishment of a protected area for the Mexican black howler monkey, but also engaged local communities in a week of festivities, dubbed the First International Black Howler Monkey Week. Tiffany Roufs 17.805899 -91.536226 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12539 2013-12-18T17:35:00Z 2013-12-18T17:49:47Z Madagascar's most famous lemur facing big threats <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/1218.MakiMom.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The ring-tailed lemur (<i>Lemur catta</i>), perhaps the most well-known of Madagascar’s endemic animals, is facing a "very high" risk of extinction in the wild. The Madagascar Section of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group reassessed the Red List status of ring-tailed lemurs and upgraded the species from Near-Threatened (2008) to Endangered (2012). Ring-tailed lemurs are facing extinction in some parts of Madagascar because of continued habitat loss, and more recently, species exploitation. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12507 2013-12-11T19:18:00Z 2013-12-17T22:55:01Z Bonobos: the Congo Basin's great gardeners <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/1210bonobo1502.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The survival of primary forests depends on many overlapping interactions. Among these interactions include tropical gardeners, like the bonobo (<i>Pan pansicus</i>) in the Congo Basin, according to a new study in the Journal of Tropical Ecology. Bonobos are known as a keystone species, vital to the diversification and existence of their forests. Tiffany Roufs -2.723583 20.822753 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12492 2013-12-05T22:06:00Z 2013-12-05T23:50:20Z Like ancient humans, some lemurs slumber in caves <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/madagascar/150/madagascar_5761.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>After playing, feeding, and socializing in trees all day, some ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) take their nightly respite in caves, according to a new study in Madagascar Conservation and Development. The findings are important because this is the first time scientists have ever recorded primates regularly using caves (see video below). Jeremy Hance -23.680687 44.583492 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12472 2013-12-02T14:22:00Z 2013-12-02T15:59:07Z Little dude takes the prize: rare dormouse wins BBC camera trap contest (photos) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/1202.galago.brown.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The image of a rare dormouse has won the fourth annual BBC Wildlife Camera-Trap Photo of the Year award. Photographed in Turkey, the Roach's mouse-tailed dormouse (Myomimus roachi) is listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List with its habitat rapidly disappearing for agriculture. The photo took the grand prize out of 850 entries from around world in a contest that takes into account the scientific importance of submitted photos. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12462 2013-11-27T15:52:00Z 2013-12-03T14:45:45Z 28 percent of potential bonobo habitat remains suitable <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/1127.bonobo.1.-PICT0017.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Only 27.5 percent of potential bonobo habitat is still suitable for the African great ape, according to the most comprehensive study of species' range yet appearing in Biodiversity Conservation. 'Bonobos are only found in lowland rainforest south of the sweeping arch of the Congo River, west of the Lualaba River, and north of the Kasai River,' lead author Jena Hickey with Cornell told mongabay.com. 'Our model identified 28 percent of that range as suitable for bonobos. This species of ape could use much more of its range if it weren't for the habitat loss and forest fragmentation that gives poachers easier access to illegally hunt bonobos.' Jeremy Hance 0.852954 20.71641 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12440 2013-11-25T14:18:00Z 2013-11-28T00:26:45Z New children's book celebrates the rich wildlife of Kibale National Park <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/1125.Kibale-Cover.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>There are many ways in which people practice conservation. The most well-known are working to save species in the field or setting up protected areas. But just as important&#8212;arguably more important for long-term conservation success&#8212;is conservation education, especially with children. Anyone who grew up watching David Attenborough documentaries, reading Gerald Durrell books, or simply exploring ecosystems on their own can tell you how important it is to encounter the wonders of wildlife at a young age. And for many of us most of our first encounters with wild animals are in illustrated books. Eric Losh's new book, <i>The Chorus of Kibale</i>, not only provides an educational opportunity for children to become acquainted with the many animals in Kibale National park in Uganda&#8212;through wonderful pictures and sounds&#8212;but proceed also go directly to two conservation groups working in the region, U.N.I.T.E. for the environment and the Primate Education Network (PEN). Jeremy Hance 0.486407 30.38822 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12359 2013-11-12T05:56:00Z 2013-11-15T15:22:14Z Kids' stories and new stoves protect the golden snub-nosed monkey in China <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/1112GSM150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Puppet shows, posters and children’s activities that draw from local traditions are helping to save an endangered monkey in China. The activities, which encourage villagers—children and adults alike—to protect their forests and adopt fuel-efficient cooking stoves, have worked, according to a report published in <i>Conservation Evidence</i>. Local Chinese researchers, supported by the U.S.-based conservation organization Rare, designed the campaign to protect the monkeys. Rhett Butler 33.360356 104.874065 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12220 2013-10-21T19:15:00Z 2013-10-21T19:39:55Z Orphaned gorillas successfully reintroduced where apes had been hunted to extinction The reintroduction of captive gorillas to areas where they have been hunted to extinction appears to working, suggesting a possible new front in efforts to save great apes, finds a new study published in the journal <i>Oryx</i>. Rhett Butler -2.161047 14.001281 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12217 2013-10-21T13:30:00Z 2013-10-23T20:21:38Z Art, education, and health: holistic conservation group embarks on new chapter <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/1020.performances.-rwanda-%C2%A9Julie-Ghrist.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>It's unlikely conservation organizations can survive if they are unwilling to embrace change: as an endeavor, conservation requires not just longterm planning, but also an ability to move proactively and fluidly to protect species and safeguard ecosystems. Environmental and education NGO, the Art of Conservation, is currently embarking on its biggest change since its foundation in 2006: moving away from its base in Rwanda, while leaving a legacy behind. Jeremy Hance -1.509716 29.486434 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12216 2013-10-20T18:59:00Z 2013-10-21T17:55:21Z Yeti may be undescribed bear species <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/1020.800px-Polar_Bear_-_Alaska.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The purported Yeti, an ape-like creature that walks upright and roams the remote Himalayas, may in fact be an ancient polar bear species, according to new DNA research by Bryan Sykes with Oxford University. Sykes subjected two hairs from what locals say belonged to the elusive Yeti only to discover that the genetics matched a polar bear jawbone found in Svalbard, Norway dating from around 120,000 (though as recent as 40,000 years ago). Jeremy Hance 27.965295 90.323181 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12156 2013-10-02T14:47:00Z 2013-10-02T15:06:41Z Celebrities aim to raise $1.6 million to keep orangutan forests from the the chopping block in Borneo <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/sabah/150/sabah_3941.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Sir David Attenborough, Bill Oddie and Chris Packham are supporting an effort to save the orangutan from extinction by raising £1m in just two weeks. Orangutans in their natural environment live in undisturbed ancient forests and for many years it was believed they shunned any other habitats. But researchers have discovered they can survive just as well and perhaps even better in forests that have been intensively thinned out by loggers, giving renewed hope for the species. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12143 2013-09-30T15:03:00Z 2014-04-03T16:51:50Z New prioritization for Brazil's threatened mammals pushes little known primates and rodents to the top <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0927brazil150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Scientists have applied a species prioritization scheme to Brazil's diverse mammals to deduce which species should become the focus of conservation efforts over the next few years in a new paper published in mongabay.com's open-access journal Tropical Conservation Science. Jeremy Hance -9.968851 -53.100588 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12134 2013-09-27T15:24:00Z 2014-02-22T01:57:50Z Forgotten species: the nearly extinct primate that can be shot on sight <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0926.Ppepieni9.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The attention paid to charismatic popular primates&#8212;such as gorillas, chimps, orangutans, lion tamarins, and even some lemurs&#8212;could make one suppose that conservationists have the protection of our closest relatives well in hand; the astounding fact that no primate species is known to have gone extinct in the last hundred years (despite large-scale destruction of their habitats) seems to confirm this statement. However, looking more closely at the data, one finds that not only are many of the world's primates slipping toward extinction, but a number of them have received little conservation attention. According to the IUCN Red List, a staggering 48 percent of the world's primates are threatened with extinction: that's a worse percentage than amphibians which have been ravaged by a global epidemic. And although a handful of the world's 600-plus primates have garnered conservation adoration, many remain obscure. Jeremy Hance 5.226349 6.29631 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12112 2013-09-23T17:11:00Z 2013-09-23T17:30:49Z Rihanna poses with endangered primate stolen from the wild <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0923.rihanna24f-1-web.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>On Friday R&B singer, Rihanna, posed in Thailand with a slow loris, an endangered primate that is often illegally touted on the streets of Southeast Asia by pet dealers. The picture, which the celebrity shared on instagram, went viral, and over the weekend Thai police arrested two men&#8212;one 20 and one 16&#8212;who allegedly provided the slow loris to the Rihanna for the impromptu photo. Jeremy Hance 7.874945 98.392754 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12085 2013-09-18T14:22:00Z 2013-09-18T14:27:59Z Primates of the World: An Illustrated Guide - book review Primates of the World: An Illustrated Guide is stunning. There is simply no better way I can think of to gain an appreciation of the primate family than to peruse Primates of the World: An Illustrated Guide. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12069 2013-09-12T15:05:00Z 2013-09-12T15:29:17Z Bornean orangutans travel along the ground <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0912orang150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A recent study of forest in East Kalimantan, Borneo has found that orangutans travel on the ground far more often than expected. The study, published in the American Journal of Primatology, was carried out in Wehea Forest involving the use of 78 camera traps across 38 square kilometres of forest. Tiffany Roufs -0.491632 117.133026 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12002 2013-09-02T14:40:00Z 2013-09-02T15:04:41Z How Tarzan created Jane Goodall and how Goodall then repaid the favor <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0902jg.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The woman we know as Jane Goodall invites us to consider that she was created by Tarzan of the Apes. We should take Jane Goodall seriously when she says that she was influenced by the fictional ape man and that as a child set on a path in life by him to go to Africa to work with wild animals. And yet the influence Goodall finds in Tarzan likely goes deeper, anticipating the defiance of science and morality that allowed Goodall to become the remarkable scientist and a human being that she is. This connection also suggests a crucial, radical element of morality, that it depends ultimately on an act of the imagination. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12001 2013-09-02T14:00:00Z 2013-09-02T14:09:29Z Scientists catch boa constrictor eating a howler monkey (photos) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0902.boahowler.Imagem-338.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In a world first, scientists have captured images and video of a boa constrictor attacking and devouring whole a femle howler monkey, one of the largest new world primates weighing in at around 4 kilograms (8.8 pounds). The rare predation event was recorded in a tiny forest fragment (2.5 hectares) in the Brazilian state of Rondonia by Erika Patricia Quintino, a PhD student at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11965 2013-08-27T17:06:00Z 2013-08-27T17:47:20Z Smuggler who illegally traded 500 chimps gets one year in prison Wildlife smuggler, Ousame Diallo, who has admitted to illegally trafficking 500 endangered chimpanzees out of the Republic of Guinea, was sentenced to a year in prison in the West African country reports WWF. The arrest and charge was supported by INTERPOL and to anti-wildlife trafficking local group, GALF. Jeremy Hance 9.561819 -13.66087 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11948 2013-08-21T14:44:00Z 2013-08-21T14:51:59Z The evolution of cooperation: communal nests are best for ruffed lemurs <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0821Lemur150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Raising young lemurs in communal crèches benefits both mothers and offspring, a new study has found. Andrea Baden and colleagues, of Yale University, studied a group of black-and-white ruffed lemurs (<i>Varecia variegata</i>) in Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. This is the first study to examine the consequences of different parenting strategies in the ruffed lemur. Tiffany Roufs -21.195936 47.443027 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11946 2013-08-20T18:31:00Z 2013-08-20T23:07:44Z Safeguarding nine priority areas could protect all of Tanzania’s primates <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0820monkey150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Researchers at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have recently developed a list of “Priority Primate Areas” to save Tanzania’s many primate species from extinction. A hub of unique and endangered primates, Tanzania is widely considered to be the most important mainland country for primate diversity in Africa. Approximately a third of the 27 primate species found in Tanzania are unique to the country, including the recently discovered kipunji. Tiffany Roufs -3.066296 37.350054 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11915 2013-08-14T20:40:00Z 2013-08-14T20:42:52Z Endangered Chinese monkey population recovering The number of black snub-nosed monkeys in southwestern China has increased by more than 50 percent since the 1990's due to conservation efforts, reports Chinese state media. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11910 2013-08-14T06:52:00Z 2013-08-14T13:20:40Z Scientists map plan to save lemurs Primatologists and researchers have devised a wide-ranging plan to protect Madagascar's most endangered lemurs from extinction. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11899 2013-08-09T16:49:00Z 2013-08-09T16:54:29Z Does size matter (for lemur smarts, that is)? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/madagascar/150/madagascar_1545.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Does size matter? When referring to primate brain size and its relation to social intelligence, scientists at Duke University do not think the answer is a simple yes or no. In the past, scientists have correlated large brain size to large group size. However, in a new study published in PLoS ONE, scientists at Duke University provide evidence that large social networks, rather than large brains, contribute to social cognition, favoring the evolution of social intelligence. Tiffany Roufs tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11898 2013-08-08T18:02:00Z 2013-08-08T21:26:39Z Endangered chimps and forest elephants found in rainforest to be logged for palm oil <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0808.GP0MDS.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A biological survey of forests slated for destruction for a palm oil project in Cameroon has uncovered 23 species of large mammals, including the world's most endangered chimpanzee subspecies, the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes ellioti). The project in question, operated by U.S.-based company Herakles Farms, has come under stiff criticism both locally and abroad for threatening one of Africa's most biologically rich forest lands and arguably undercutting local peoples' access to traditional lands. Jeremy Hance 5.101887 9.118423 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11877 2013-08-04T20:21:00Z 2013-09-02T14:40:42Z Coming to terms with the evil Jane Goodall and the mystery of the dragonfly incident <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0804goodall-book150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>[The Ethical Ape Column by Shawn Thompson] It is the easiest of premises to make that Jane Goodall is a good person who has lived a moral life. It is more troubling to explain why that is. Even Jane Goodall herself has difficulty explaining it, and she is an authority on her own life. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11854 2013-07-30T03:35:00Z 2013-07-30T17:00:41Z Population of newly discovered lemur in Madagascar down to last 50 individuals (photo) Researchers have discovered a new &#8212; and critically endangered &#8212; species of lemur on the island of Madagascar. The primate is formally described in the journal <i>Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution</i>. Rhett Butler -24.868994 46.974578 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11843 2013-07-26T18:40:00Z 2013-07-30T12:03:52Z Illegal marijuana cultivation threatens Nigeria’s forests and chimps <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0726Pot150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The world’s highest deforestation rate, the execution of eight environmental activists including a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and ongoing turmoil surrounding oil operations in the Niger River Delta has created a notoriously disreputable environmental record for the West African country. Now, a new threat is rising in the already-compromised forests of Nigeria: illegal marijuana cultivation. Tiffany Roufs 5.462896 6.456298 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11836 2013-07-25T19:45:00Z 2013-07-25T19:58:05Z How YouTube has put the world's only poisonous primates at risk <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0725.AWalmsley-LFP-Markets-Jakarta-small-018.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>It all started with a video: in 2009 a Russian man uploaded a video of himself tickling his exotic pet (a pygmy slow loris) from Vietnam onto the hugely popular site YouTube. Since then the video has been viewed over half a million times. But a new study in the open source journal in PLoS ONE, finds that such YouTube videos have helped fuel a cruel, illegal trade that is putting some of the world's least-known primates at risk of extinction. Lorises are small, shy, and nocturnal primates that inhabit the forests of tropical Asia, but the existence of all eight species is currently imperiled by a booming illegal pet trade that has been aided by videos of lorises being tickled, holding tiny umbrellas, or doing other seemingly cute (but wholly unnatural) things. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11823 2013-07-24T14:57:00Z 2013-08-21T15:36:23Z Zoos call on governments to take urgent action against illegal wildlife trade (photos) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0722.chimp.zaccBASKET_DB9F392FAD98F.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In a single night in March, a band of heavily-armed, horse-riding poachers slaughtered 89 elephants in southern Chad, thirty of which were pregnant females. The carnage was the worst poaching incident of the year, but even this slaughter paled in comparison to the 650 elephants killed in a Cameroon park in 2012. Elephant poaching is hitting new records as experts say some 30,000 elephants are being killed every year for their ivory tusks. But the illegal wildlife trade&#8212;estimated at $19 billion&#8212;is not just decimating elephants, but also rhinos, big cats, great apes, and thousands of lesser-known species like pangolins and slow lorises. This growing carnage recently led to representatives of over 40 zoos and dozens of wildlife programs to call on governments around the world to take immediate action on long-neglected wildlife crime. Jeremy Hance 41.604661 -93.646889 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11755 2013-07-09T23:03:00Z 2013-07-16T03:07:24Z Stand up paddleboarding in the Amazon for conservation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0709SUP-training-in-Brazil150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>This week an international team is setting off on a unique journey, aiming to be the first to descend the Amazon River using inflatable Stand Up Paddle boards. The group, led by Dr. Mika Peck, a conservation biologist from the University of Sussex with years of work in Ecuador and Colombia, includes Brazilian and Colombian researchers as well as an indigenous community leader. Rhett Butler -3.821607 -70.260328 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11712 2013-07-03T14:14:00Z 2013-07-03T14:36:18Z Making movies to save Uganda's great apes <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0630.Silverback-Mountain-gorilla-in-Bwindi-Impenetrable-National-Park.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A new series of films aims to protect Uganda's great ape species (mountain gorillas and chimpanzees) by bringing entertaining and educational movies to a rural audience living on the edges of Kibale National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Produced with heavy input from locals, these films are acted with an all-Ugandan task to teach those living near great apes about the species and their conservation-needs. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11621 2013-06-20T16:50:00Z 2013-06-20T17:06:55Z Building a new generation of local conservationists: how improving education in Uganda may save one of the world's great forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/kibale.IMG_3752.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Conservation work is often focused on the short-term: protecting a forest from an immediate threat, saving a species from pending extinction, or a restoring an ecosystem following degradation. While short-term responses are often borne of necessity, one could argue that long-term thinking in conservation and environmental work (as in all human endeavors) is woefully neglected, especially in the tropics. This is why programs like the Kasiisi Project are so important: by vastly improving education for primary kids near a threatened park in Uganda, the project hopes to create a "generation of committed rural conservationists," according to founder and director, Elizabeth Ross. Jeremy Hance 0.443569 30.417652 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11590 2013-06-12T18:19:00Z 2013-06-12T18:27:04Z Tigers, orangutans, rhinos: Sumatra's big mammals on the edge of extinction Karman Lubis's body was found near where he had been working on a Sumatran rubber plantation. His head was found several days later a mile away and they still haven't found his right hand. He had been mauled by a Sumatran tiger that has been living in Batang Gadis National Park and he was one of five people killed there by tigers in the last five years. Jeremy Hance 0.269164 101.551208 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11547 2013-06-04T20:39:00Z 2013-07-25T19:56:42Z Loris champion: conserving the world's most surprising primate family <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0603.Capture-and-collaring-low-145.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Before Anna Nekaris began championing the cause of the world's lorises, little was known about this cryptic family of large-eyed, nocturnal, insect-eating, venomous primates. Nekaris, with Oxford Brookes University and founder of the Little Fireface project, has been instrumental in documenting rarely-seen loris behavior, establishing conservation programs, and identifying new species of these hugely-imperiled Asian primates. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11459 2013-05-21T20:52:00Z 2013-05-22T17:22:50Z New global network bridges gap for primate conservation educators <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0521.Amy-Clanin-demonstrating-a-chimpanzee-vocalization.-The-students-roared-with-excitement,-and-then-they-repeated-after-her.--in-Senegal.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Drawing from her personal experience as a primate educator and the challenges she saw others facing, Amy Clanin envisioned a network that would advance the field of primate conservation education by addressing three needs of educators: connections, resources, and services. It was this vision that led her to create the Primate Education Network (PEN). PEN is at the forefront of primate conservation education, providing a community and collaboration platform for primate educators. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11409 2013-05-13T14:09:00Z 2014-03-03T14:51:46Z Why responsible tourism is the key to saving the mountain gorilla <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0512.gorilla.Picture-credit-Nick-Hoggett.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The sunlight poured through the canopy, casting dappled shade over Makara, a large silverback mountain gorilla, as he cast his eyes around the forest clearing, checking on the members of his harem. A female gorilla reclined on a bank of dense vegetation of the most brilliant green, clutching her three day old infant close to her chest, and elsewhere, two juvenile gorillas played around a small tree, running rings around it until one crashed into the other and they rolled themselves into a roly-poly ball of jet black fluff that came to a halt a few meters in front of our delighted group. Jeremy Hance -1.022704 29.709377 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11374 2013-05-06T14:52:00Z 2013-05-06T14:57:49Z Featured video: If I were a panda... A new powerful video by the conservation program, APES, highlights the threat faced by many species: not being cute enough. The creative short video was produced pro bono by Ogilvy & Mather Chicago. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11375 2013-05-05T21:00:00Z 2013-07-20T20:27:20Z Lemur has unexpectedly wide range, diversity of color variations An endangered lemur has a larger range than originally believed but is still at risk due to forest fragmentation and land clearing, reports a study published in the journal <i>Primate Conservation</i>. Rhett Butler -16.320139 44.954681 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11343 2013-05-02T19:42:00Z 2013-07-20T20:27:58Z Hibernating primates: scientists discover three lemur species sleep like bears <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/madagascar_3497.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Bears do it, bats do it, and now we know lemurs do it too: hibernate, that is. Since 2005, scientists have known that the western fat-tailed dwarf lemur hibernates, but a new study in <i>Scientific Reports</i> finds that hibernation is more widespread among lemurs than expected. At least two additional lemur species&#8212;Crossley's dwarf lemur and Sibree's dwarf lemur&#8212;have been discovered hibernating. So far lemurs, which are only found on the island of Madagascar, are the only primates known to undergo hibernation, raising curious questions about the relationship between lemur hibernation and more well-known deep sleepers. Jeremy Hance -19.165924 46.864013 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11342 2013-05-02T18:08:00Z 2013-05-03T12:17:46Z Endangered primates and cats may be hiding out in swamps and mangrove forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/sabah/150/sabah_3798.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>What happens to animals when their forest is cut down? If they can, they migrate to different forests. But in an age when forests are falling far and fast, many species may have to shift to entirely different environments. A new paper in <i>Folia Primatologica</i> theorizes that some 60 primate species and 20 wild cat species in Asia and Africa may be relying more on less-impacted environments such as swamp forests, mangroves, and peat forests. Jeremy Hance -2.54936 113.64521 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11340 2013-05-02T12:20:00Z 2013-05-02T18:27:58Z Drill baby drill! The fate of African biodiversity and the monkey you've never heard of <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0503.thrall.drill1.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Equatorial Guinea is not a country that stands very large in the American consciousness. In fact most Americans think you mean Papua New Guinea when you mention it or are simply baffled. When I left for Bioko Island in Equatorial Guinea, I also knew almost nothing about the island, the nation, or the Bioko drills (<i>Mandrillus leucophaeus poensis</i>). The subspecies of drill is unique to Bioko Island and encountering them was an equally unique experience. I initially went to Bioko as a turtle research assistant but ended up falling in love with the entire ecosystem, especially the Bioko drills as I tagged along with drill researchers. Jeremy Hance 3.340696 8.640518 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11323 2013-04-30T16:22:00Z 2013-05-01T16:48:35Z Conservation without supervision: Peruvian community group creates and patrols its own protected area <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/Claud-forest-Andrew-Walmsley.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>When we think of conservation areas, many of us think of iconic National Parks overseen by uniformed government employees or wilderness areas purchased and run from afar by big-donor organizations like The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society, WWF, or Conservation International. But what happens to ecosystems and wildlife in areas where there's a total lack of government presence and no money coming in for its protection? This is the story of one rural Peruvian community that took conservation matters into their own hands, with a little help from a dedicated pair of primate researchers, in order to protect a high biodiversity cloud forest. Jeremy Hance -7.013668 -77.476044 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11207 2013-04-10T17:13:00Z 2013-04-11T05:34:11Z Sarawak to protect population of rarest orangutan sub-species After facilitating large-scale logging and conversion of extensive areas of rainforest habitat, the government of Sarawak says it will protect a population of up to 200 of the world’s rarest Bornean orangutans recently identified during field surveys by conservationists, reports the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Rhett Butler 1.153487 111.994629 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11164 2013-04-04T14:32:00Z 2013-04-04T20:33:36Z An insidious threat to tropical forests: over-hunting endangers tree species in Asia and Africa <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/sabah_3131.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A fruit falls to the floor in a rainforest. It waits. And waits. Inside the fruit is a seed, and like most seeds in tropical forests, this one needs an animal&#8212;a good-sized animal&#8212;to move it to a new place where it can germinate and grow. But it may be waiting in vain. Hunting and poaching has decimated many mammal and bird populations across the tropics, and according to two new studies the loss of these important seed-disperser are imperiling the very nature of rainforests. Jeremy Hance 4.199107 114.041848 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11161 2013-04-03T17:56:00Z 2013-04-04T14:13:13Z Featured video: in-depth look at Madagascar's Ranomafauna National Park A new film <i>Nosy Maitso</i> takes a look at the people, researchers, and wildlife connected to Madagascar's Ranomafauna National Park. Apart of a World Heritage Site, the park was established in 1991 after a new species of lemur, the golden bamboo lemur (<i>Hapalemur aureus</i>), was discovered in its forests in the 1980s. The golden bamboo lemur is currently listed as Endangered by the IUCN Red List. Jeremy Hance -21.232582 47.428122 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11123 2013-03-27T12:23:00Z 2013-12-23T05:01:32Z 2 'giant' yet tiny mouse lemurs identified in Madagascar Scientists have discovered two new species of mouse lemurs in Madagascar, bringing the total number of diminutive primates known to science to 20. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11120 2013-03-26T20:57:00Z 2013-03-26T21:24:26Z Researchers sequence Aye-aye genome - lemur is more genetically diverse than humans Scientists sequenced the genome of the aye-aye, a bizarre lemur species, for the first time. The research is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Rhett Butler -12.78167 49.50222 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11050 2013-03-18T18:57:00Z 2013-03-18T19:02:42Z Peruvian night monkey threatened by vanishing forests, lost corridors <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0318.peruviannightmonkey.-12.26.04-PM.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Peruvian night monkey (<i>Aotus miconax</i>) is one of the world's least known primates, having never been studied in the wild--until now. Found only in the cloud forests of northern Peru, a group of scientists with Neotropical Primate Conservation and the National University of Mayor San Marcos have spent 12 months following a single group of this enigmatic monkey species in a small forest patch. The results of their research, published in mongabay.com's open access journal Tropical Conservation Science, shows that protecting forests, even small forest fragments, is vital to the species' survival. Jeremy Hance -5.703768 -77.904614 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11031 2013-03-12T15:38:00Z 2013-03-13T15:32:50Z Photographers threatening the already-abused slender loris <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0312.Captured-Slender-Loris-Image-taken-as-per-the-local-inputs.-(c)-Arun-Kanagavel.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Caught in a beam of torchlight, the eyes of the slender loris reflect back a striking glow. In an effort to better understand these shy, nocturnal primates, a team of researchers set out to the Western Ghats of India. The resulting paper: <i>Moolah, Misfortune or Spinsterhood? The Plight of the Slender Loris (Loris lydekkerianus) in Southern India</i> was published in the <i>Journal of Threatened Taxa</i> in January of 2013. Forest walks and interviews with the Kani people, who live in close proximity to the lorises, supported evidence of a surprising new threat to the lorises: photographers. Jeremy Hance 12.972442 75.541077 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10925 2013-02-25T15:35:00Z 2013-02-26T14:00:34Z Warlords, sorcery, and wildlife: an environmental artist ventures into the Congo <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0225.leopard.peet.7741733238_69e961758d_b.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Last year, Roger Peet, an American artist, traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to visit one of the world's most remote and wild forests. Peet spent three months in a region that is largely unknown to the outside world, but where a group of conservationists, headed by Terese and John Hart, are working diligently to create a new national park, known as Lomami. Here, the printmaker met a local warlord, discovered a downed plane, and designed a tomb for a wildlife ranger killed by disease, in addition to seeing some of the region's astounding wildlife. Notably, the burgeoning Lomami National Park is home to the world's newest monkey species, only announced by scientists last September. Jeremy Hance -1.503581 25.100784 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10875 2013-02-13T20:56:00Z 2013-02-13T21:04:20Z Genetics study claims to prove existence of Bigfoot <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0213.450px-BigfootStatue-SilverLakeWA.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A new study purporting to uncover DNA evidence for Bigfoot has been published today in <i>DeNovo Scientific Journal</i>. While Bigfoot-enthusiasts have long argued that the cryptic monster is an unidentified ape species, the new study says their genetic evidence shows the Sasquatch is in fact a hybrid of modern human females mating with an unidentified primate species 13,000 years ago. The only problem: the journal in which the study is published&#8212;DeNovo Scientific Journal&#8212;appears to have been created recently with the sole purpose to publish this study. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10794 2013-01-31T18:20:00Z 2013-01-31T18:52:40Z Gorilla paradise: new park safeguards 15,000 western lowland gorillas In 2008 the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced a jaw-dropping discovery: remote swamp forests in northern Republic of Congo contained a stunning population of 125,000 western lowland gorillas that had somehow gone unnoticed by scientists. At the time the President of WCS, Steven E. Sanderson, called the area the "mother lode of gorillas," and expressed hope that the discovery would lead to a new park. Well, late last year, a park was finalized. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10775 2013-01-28T21:38:00Z 2013-01-28T21:50:26Z New palm oil concession imperils orangutan population in Borneo Three conservation groups warn that a proposed palm oil plantation puts a significant Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) population at risk in the Malaysian state of Sabah. The plantation, which would cover 400 hectares of private forest land, lies adjacent to Kulamba Wildlife Reserve, home to 480 orangutans. Jeremy Hance 5.583184 118.673515 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10764 2013-01-27T01:54:00Z 2013-01-28T02:20:42Z UK authorizes guns for Madagascar despite threat of lemur extinctions Britain has authorized the export of thousands of guns to Madagascar, according to TanaNews.com, sparking concerns that the firearms could be used for hunting endangered lemurs. Rhett Butler