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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


Around 63 million years ago, our lemur-like ancestors inhabited much of the supercontinents Gondwanaland and Laurasia. We know this because fossils have been found as far as North America and Asia. Nowadays, the only natural habitat for lemurs is 400km off the shore of Mozambique, in the remaining wilderness of Madagascar and its surrounding islands. We do not know how they got there, but we know that their habitat separated from the mainland over 100 million years ago, long before the existence...

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Extinction Threat To More Than 1,000 Bird Species

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More than 1,000 bird species face extinction because of an alarming and accelerating loss of biodiversity, a study warns today. Environmental degradation could wipe out 1,211 species, an eighth of the world's total, according to the report by BirdLife International, an umbrella.