Bristol Zoo gorilla birth made possible by fertility drugs

(Photo courtesy of Bristol Zoo Gardens) With a little help from clomifene (a drug that women have been using to aid in ovulation), Salome, a western lowland gorilla, carried a baby to term and gave birth on December 15th. The 30-year-old gorilla from the Bristol Zoo was mating, just not successfully conceiving. Veterinarians reported that... Continue Reading →

Cercopithecine herpesvirus 1 (B virus) found in six monkeys of the Shirakami Mountains

Six out of 21 monkeys in the Shirakami Mountains tested positive for B virus according to the Daily Yomiuri. In a statement issued by Kazutaka Osawa of Nagasaki University, the infected monkeys (between 3 and 13 years old) were captured near residential areas between July and November. The transfer of the disease to humans usually... Continue Reading →

Rehabilitated orangutans to be released into the wild

Soon the Baktikop forest will have few more inhabitants. According to Willie Smith, founder of BOS (Borneo Orangutan Survival) Foundation (as reported in ANTARA News), the Forestry Ministry will allow for about 200 orangutans to be released to the protected Baktikop forest in early 2007. The Nyaru Menteng Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Center in Central Kalimantan... Continue Reading →

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