Africa – Misunderstanding Wild Baboons

A Researcher working in Uganda contacted me some time ago to ask if I could help her understand what was happening to the villagers in her area who had reported that the women were being “sexually harassed” by a troop of baboons. These “attacks” occurred when the women headed towards the river to do their…

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

Originally posted on Máster en Primatología:
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…

Monkey Mayhem

Photo: Emma Rose A transient male – who had his whole hand ripped off by another male – making his way into an urban troop in Umhlanga Rocks. Transient males suffer abnormal, serious injuries when competing for resources in areas where their natural habitat has been encroached on by human development. These monkeys have no…

Theft of the Soul

  Certain African tribes refuse to kiss because they believe that the mouth is the window to the soul. They fear having their soul stolen.   Others fear having their photos taken and regard a direct stare as a potential theft of the soul.   Then there are the numerous wild primates who consider a…

What to do in Urban Monkey Land

“We see things as they are, not as we are”; an Anais Nin quote that knocks on the door of my mind repeatedly when I am in the company of wild monkeys or baboons. Observing these related primates close-up raises questions about the human-wildlife relationship that cannot be avoided. Since moving to Kwa-Zulu-Natal, this has…

HARMONIOUS CO-EXISTENCE

INTER-SPECIES RELATIONSHIPS: Two of Claire Hamilton’s magnificent images taken at Monkeyland in The Crags, Western Cape, South Africa .