Photo showing an orangutan engaged in the TUBE task. Photo used with permission of the researcher William Hopkins. Mmm, love that peanut butter Apes are right-handed or left-handed, just like us. Not a big surprise, since they’re our closest evolutionary relatives. A research team led by William Hopkins of Agnes Scott College recently tested 777 [...]
Tag Archive 'Primates'
Photo: wikimedia commons People are good at detecting human personalities accurately, even from expressionless mug shots. A study last year showed that we can reliably tell who is extroverted, emotionally stable, agreeable or imaginative – just from their blank and expressionless faces. We can read chimps too A new study shows that we can also [...]
Posted in Africa, Animal welfare / animal rights, Borneo, Bushmeat, Deforestation, Endangered species, Human behavior, Indonesia, Jakarta, Malaysia, Primates, Southeast Asia, Sumatra, Wildlife, Wildlife survival on Dec 3rd, 2010
Most people are surprised to learn that unlawful traffic in wildlife and wildlife parts is the third biggest criminal activity in the world, after drugs and arms. The illegal hunting of great apes is so pervasive that it may threaten their survival even more than habitat loss does. Habitat loss is rampant these days, due [...]
Text and photos by Sally Kneidel, PhD This post is also published on the syndicated BasilandSpice I recently wrote a post about Indonesia’s illegal trade in wildlife, focusing on orangutans. As one of our closest relatives, orangutans look and act a lot like humans, especially the babies. People world-over seem to share a fascination for [...]
Posted in Animal welfare / animal rights, Asia, Borneo, Deforestation, Eco-travel, Ecosystems, Endangered species, Human behavior, Overconsumption, Rain forest, Resources, Southeast Asia, Sumatra, Sustainable Living, Wildlife, Wildlife habitat, Wildlife survival on Aug 23rd, 2010
This post now on Google News and on the syndicated BasilandSpice.com Pet trade threatens orangutan survival “Having a pet orangutan is a status symbol,” I was told by my Indonesian friend Ria, who lives and works in Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital. Doesn’t matter if the animal lives in a small, dirty cage behind the house, which [...]
This post now on Google News and on BasilandSpice Text and photo by Sally Kneidel, PhD U.S. is the world’s leading importer of primates I learned while researching our book Going Green that the United States is the biggest importer of primates worldwide. According to an American University document, the U.S. imports more than 20,000 [...]
Posted in Wildlife on Dec 30th, 2009
This post now a Google News Link and on www.basilandspice.com. Chacma baboons on the road outside Skukusa in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Photo by Sally Kneidel, PhD The baboons were all over the road, the males with two-inch-long fangs. Scary? No, baboons are cool. Even though they can be aggressive, for the most part [...]
Vervet monkeys are regarded as pests in southern Africa, and are often persecuted the same way gray wolves were persecuted to local extinction in the United States. But vervet social behavior is in many ways very similar to our own.