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Humans Can Give Monkeys Golden Staph Germs

NEW YORK: Monkeys can acquire Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, also called golden staph, from humans, says a new study.   While humans acquired many deadly diseases originally through contact with animals, the new findings show that pathogens can also jump the species barrier to move from humans to animals.   The study, published in American Society for Microbiology's Applied and Environmental Microbiology journal showed that green monkeys in the Gambia acquired S...

Birding Without Borders

Noah Strycker spent every single day of 2015 birding around the world. On Sept. 16, he set a record for the most bird species -- 4,342 -- seen and identified by any person in a calendar year. On Dec, 31, he finished his Big Year with 6,042 species seen.

How Social Media Helps Birds

Social media can be a great way to get involved with birding, and used thoughtfully, different social networking sites can be helpful tools for birders to help birds.


Common name: Budgerigar   Latin name: Melopsittacus undulatus  

Pokemon Go: Real-world Analogue

Players of the augmented-reality game join birders in Central Park to search for their respective elusive critters. By Michael Schulman I wish I had eight pairs of hands, and another body to shoot the specimens,” John James Audubon wrote in 1829. A similar yearning has gripped the population lately, thanks to the world-conquering success of the smartphone game Pokémon Go. In the “augmented reality” app, which has topped fifteen million downloads since its rele...

Birds And Drones

Not everything that flies is a bird, and as more people experiment with drones for recreational and personal use, these unusual vehicles will have more of an impact on birds. Will that impact be negative or positive?

Primate Rampage: Monkeys Rip Up Voter Lists In Thailand

The road to a national vote on a new constitution took an unexpected turn in northern Thailand on Sunday, when 100 pig-tailed macaques reportedly stormed into a voting station and destroyed a section of the voter rolls and other documents.

Primates Enjoy Booze: Can It Hint At The Roots Of Alcoholism?

21 July 2016           By Alyssa Navarro for Tech Times  Two monkey-like primate species appear to enjoy drinking "booze" in the jungle, a new study revealed. The findings may help scientists pinpoint the roots of alcoholism or too much alcohol consumption in humans. 

Smart Primate! Capuchin Monkeys In Brazil Have Used Stone Tools For 700 Years, Scientists Discover

(Photo : Bart van Dorp/Wikimedia Commons) For the first time outside Asia and Africa, archaeologists have discovered that the capuchin monkeys in Brazil have used stone tools, such as hammers and anvils, for 700 years. Early humans using stone tools is a mark of human innovation. However, it seems that we are not the only species who know how to create and use them. Archaeologists have recently unearthed 700-year-old stone tools in Brazil. They said these were used by pre-Columbia...

The Baboon Bark

One of the quintessential sounds of the African bush is the "wa-hu" shout of male baboons, often referred to as the "baboon bark". Because of the two-part nature of this shout, it has been called the "bisyllabic bark" by those in academia.

Evolution Of Gut Bacteria Tracks Splits In Primate Species

  Microbes may have played role in shaping ape, human evolution BY AMY MCDERMOTT2:00PM, JULY 21, 2016 Microbes may have played a role in making us, us. A new study shows similar patterns in the evolution of gut bacteria and the primates they live in, suggesting that germs and apes could have helped shaped one another. For at least 10 million years, bacteria have been handed down from the common ancestor of humans and African apes. As apes split int...

Human Conflict Is Pushing Gorillas Into Extinction

Human Conflict is Pushing Gorillas Into Extinction – What You Can Do to Save These Animals In 1996, the small African country of Rwanda invaded it’s neighbor to the west, Zaire, the brutal result of mass genocides and killings perpetrated by extremists who had been given safe haven within Zaire’s borders. This bloody infiltration would culminate into the Congolese War, which claimed the lives of five million people, embroiled several prominent African countries, and pitt...

New Video: The Future Of Wildlife Is #inourhands.

Organized crime pushes species to brink of extinction. Wildlife & forest crime destroys diversity & hinders sustainable development. If we are to conserve animal & plant species for successive generations, we must take on criminals & end impunity.

Endemic Birding

When one refers to the term an endemic species, it means a species that is restricted to a certain region and that can be found nowhere else in the world. Southern Africa is fortunate to have a high level of endemism in all forms of life and in fact South Africa, as a country, is considered by some to be the third most biologically diverse country in the world.

Illegal Poisoning Of Wildlife On The Increase

Griffon Poison Information Centre Director: Dr Gerhard H Verdoorn Telephone: +27-82-446-8946 E-mail: No. 45 Galpin Avenue, Summerstrand 6001, South Africa   MEDIA STATEMENT ILLEGAL POISONING OF WILDLIFE ON THE INCREASE   31 August 2015 Embargo: immediately   The recent death of vultures, Blue Cranes, Brown Hyaenas and other wildlife due to illegal poisoning should be a wake-up call for South African conser...

The Sustainability Lie – A Film About The Dirty Palm Oil Business

From 8th to 11th November, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is holding its Annual General Assembly in the Indonesian capital Jakarta. Europe wants to import ever more cheap palm oil and RSPO-certificates are buying producers and customers a good conscience. However, sustainable palm oil production is a myth, not a reality. Today, the NGO Rainforest Rescue is releasing a film about deforestation and evictions in Indonesia at the hands of the world's largest palm oil company. ...

African Travel, Inc.'s New President Announces The Era Of Voluntourism

  Sherwin Banda is grateful that recent high-profile events have increased awareness about the importance of responsible, sustainable tourism in Africa.   “The allure of Africa is multi-faceted, but so are the challenges facing the continent,” said the South Africa-born hotelier, who was appointed president of African Travel, Inc. earlier this month. “Fortunately, travelers are beginning to recognize and prioritize the importance of supporting long-last...

Say No To Wildlife Petting

South Africa is becoming more and more popular as a tourist destination and one of the most popular reasons for visiting is the spectacular wildlife. Along with the ‘Big Five’, South Africa is also home to an abundance of mammals, spectacular birdlife and our coasts are visited by dolphins, seals and migrating whales. However, despite all this wildlife living free in our forests, plains, mountains and coasts there is a disturbing number of facilities offering tourists the oppo...