Life as a Bachelor Male

Two days ago while driving along the main road in Dargle Valley, an adult male samango monkey ran across the road in front of my vehicle then disappeared into a Bluegum plantation. It is believed that samango troops do not wander far away from the forest patches they live in, but this is not the…

MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT BABOONS

Given that no other animal on earth (besides humans) drinks milk after being weaned, it is bizarre that farmers complain of baboons stealing milk from dairy cows. More and more humans are accepting that milk is an unnatural food source that is often the cause of allergies. Why would a wild primate want milk from…

BABOONS AND CONSERVATION

  This info has been taken from the following site: http://www.imfene.org/baboons-and-dogs Baboons and Dogs When baboons live near humans, they naturally come into regular contact with the pets of humans, including dogs. Sometimes interactions between baboons and dogs turn nasty and one of the animals involved – dog or baboon – ends up getting hurt. Contrary…

The con in conservation – South African legislation.

To those looking for a way to prevent monkeys or baboons from being shot, please contact your local NSPCA and police station to help.   WESTERN CAPE 2015: The con in conservation. During my seventeen years working with wild primates, one nagging concern remained consistent: our nature conservation authorities appeared to be on the wrong…

OLD AFRICA AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Once upon a time in Africa, people understood that us humans are not above all other animals but equal to them. And so the time has come for us to reflect on the past, present and look deeply to find a solution to the damage we have caused. Credo Mutwa is an extraordinary South African…

Re-visiting the Human Armpit

“If Homo sapiens disappeared, the event would go virtually unnoticed by the vast majority of Earth’s life forms. As hominids, we dwell at the outermost fringes of important ecological processes such as photosynthesis and the conversion of biomass into usable nutrients.” Christopher Manes (Nature and Silence 1996:24) The variety of living things all act together…

Shifting the Blame – a Common Primate Strategy

Passing the buck: a common primate scenario. For example..a middle ranking female comes across a favourite food, looks around to see if anyone is watching, then moves to pick it up. Just as she does, the alpha male arrives. In a flash, she turns to stare at a lower ranking female. Her chin is jutted…

Conoce al Bonobo

Por Ana de Viña, alumna del Máster en Primatología UdG – Promoción 2014-2016 El Bonobo (Pan paniscus), es un gran simio del viejo mundo, perteneciente a la familia Hominidae. Se le conoce también como Simio grácil o Chimpancé pigmeo. Se encuentra estrictamente en África, (Foto 1) concretamente en la República Democrática del Congo, en un…