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Monkeys In Movies

Films drive trend for keeping pet monkeys   Fact: Everybody loves monkeys. Hollywood knows this. Put a monkey in your movie and you're guaranteed some degree of success, be it in the form of an instant smash hit, or a cult following that develops over time. Monkeys equal comedy gold! Hollywood movies and popular television shows featuring cute monkeys and other primates are driving demand for them as exotic pets, only to leave the animals psychologically damaged.


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Interesting Facts About Monkeys

The monkey species as we know it today, is either Cercopithecoid - Old World Species, or Platyrrhine - New World primates. A total of more than 260 species are extant in the modern world, and all of them are distinct in behaviour and habitat.

Capuchin Monkey Habitat

Capuchin monkeys are very adaptable and hence can survive almost anywhere.

Monkey Themed Baby Shower

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Planning to have a monkey theme baby shower? This is definitely a great idea to have the most exciting party to celebrate this special news of arrival of that little one.

Endangered Gorillas

Though the Gorilla is always purported as a violent beast, it is not so. Here are some reasons and information behind Gorillas being an endangered species.   The Gorilla is the largest primate existing today. The Gorilla is an omnivore, which means that it eats animals as well as plants. The Gorilla is also the most relative animal, apart from chimpanzees to humans today, with almost ninety seven to ninety eight percent of their DNA matching with humans.

Birds Of Eden Celebrates Fifa 2010

What a wonderful idea! Celebrating the freedom of previously captive or rehabilitated wild birds on Freedom Day and linking their release to the upcoming 2010 Soccer World Cup.   Lara Mostert, the marketing strategist of Birds of Eden, the largest free flight aviary in the world, wanted to release birds for each country participating in the Soccer World Cup and to involve the local community in this celebration.

Types Of Monkeys

Lets chat about Monkeys, not primates, but just monkeys.  Gibbons and lemurs are as example not monkeys.  Gibbons are lesser apes (they have no tails) and lemurs are prosimians (pre-monkey).   Although apes, monkeys and prosimians are all primates, we are only talking about the monkeys now.

Curious George Birthday Party Games

Here are a few party games for kids. GEORGE SAYS How to play:   Model a round of this "Simon Says" style game. (Remember to replace "Simon" with "George" in your prompt. For example: "George says touch your toes. Now, touch your cheek. George didn't say touch your cheek.") Use Curious George-type prompts, such as "George says pretend you're eating a banana," "George says pretend you're hiding under a Big Yellow Hat," o...

Amazing World Map

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Please click here and put the mouse on any country and on the left of your screen you will see the total amount of CO2 being emitted and that of each individual person. You can also see population size and the frequency with which persons die or are born in that country.


Chimpanzees are known as one of the most intelligent animals in the world and they are visibly much similar to human beings. Their nature and their actions have similarities with human behavior. In fact now it has been scientifically proved that chimpanzees are the closest living relatives that humans have. They should not be confused with monkeys and gorillas.

Monkey Habitat

There are more than 260 extant monkey species known today (sientists always argue about the exact number). The cercopithecoid or platyrrhine monkey is the most common today and belongs to the simian primate groups, meaning that they are smaller and longer-tailed than apes (apes actually have no tails).. Monkeys are part of the grouping referred to as primates - apes and prosimians also belong to this group.  We are nowever only chatting about monkeys now.

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Is The World's Smallest Monkey Not Really A Monkey?

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Make A Monkey Costume

Children's costumes bought at the store can often be overpriced for something likely to be worn only once. Making your own costumes is not only affordable but often simple, as well. With a moderate amount of sewing skill you can make a monkey costume for a child or an adult.

John Ssebunya, The Ugandan Monkey Boy

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Domestic strife   John Ssebunya was born in the mid 1980s, but ran away from home (probably aged around four) after seeing his mother murdered by his own father (who, according to some reports, subsequently hanged himself).

Living Population Of Rare Dwarf Lemur Discovered

Researchers have discovered the world's only known living population of Sibree's Dwarf Lemur, a rare lemur known only in eastern Madagascar. The discovery of approximately a thousand of these lemurs was made by Mitchell Irwin, a Research Associate at McGill University, and colleagues from the German Primate Centre in Göttingen Germany; the University of Antananarivo in Madagascar; and the University of Massachusetts.

Three New Species Of Lemurs Identified

ScienceDaily (Feb. 24, 2006) — Researchers have identified three new species of lemurs, the small, big-eyed primates native to the island of Madagascar. In a study published today in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology, a team of researchers from Madagascar and Europe identified new species of lemurs based on differences in a specific gene sequence.

South Africa: Not A Football In Sight

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Watch the World Cup on television, says Francisca Kellett, and then visit Cape Town when the crowds have gone and the prices have dropped. By Francisca Kellett Published: 8:00AM BST 23 May 2010