Al Jazeera covers the Plight of the Mountain Gorillas

Gorilla Protection links us up to an excellent report done by Al Jazeera on the threats to mountain gorillas. It's a bit long, but it is really well done. Before you check out the video, another dead gorilla has been found.

Baby Macaque and White Pigeon make friends

With all the depressing news of gorillas being slaughtered and primates being brought closer to extinction, I wanted to share this photograph of an abandoned baby macaque, who was taken in by an animal hospital in Goangdong Province, China. He was very lonely until he made friends with a white pigeon. In many cultures, the... Continue Reading →

Why do monkeys pee on their feet?

The American Journal of Primatology has published a paper by primatologist Kimran Miller and colleagues, who studied urine washing behavior among a population of capuchin monkeys. Prior to this study there have been some wild claims as to why so many monkeys pee on themselves. Some of them are: Peeing one oneself helps the monkey... Continue Reading →

Nonhuman Primates Expect Rational Behavior

From this news release, is this Science paper, "The Perception of Rational, Goal-Directed Action in Nonhuman Primates" where Justin Wood of Harvard's Psychology department and colleagues., figure out that primates expect one another to act rationally. How? Well Wood and crew setup two sets of experiments that tested the behavioral response of over 120 primates,... Continue Reading →

Human & Non-Human Ape Social Cognition Compared: Humans Have Evolved Specialized Skills

The web seemed to have exploded with news covering this hot-off-the-press open access Science paper, "Humans Have Evolved Specialized Skills of Social Cognition: The Cultural Intelligence Hypothesis." Before I jump into the paper, here are some news sources wrote about this paper: Higher Social Skills Are Distinctly Human, Toddler And Ape Study Reveals - ScienceDaily... Continue Reading →

Vanessa Woods Has a New Blog! Check It Out!

Vanessa Woods, whom we've mentioned on before, has started a new blog titled, "Bonobo Handshake," where she will document her current research trip to study endangered bonobos in Congo. She'll be writing from Lola ya Bonobo Sanctuary. There are already a number of awesome blog posts where she documents the her field research. I've... Continue Reading →

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