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Even when you’re focused on studying warthogs, you can’t help but make some intriguing observations and discoveries about other animals along the way.
One of the world’s most endangered primates is also one of its cutest. Learn about the slow loris and how National Geographic grantee Anna Nekaris is working to protect them in the wild.
Meet the Dinagat-Caraga tarsier, a distinctive evolutionary lineage of primate that has just been discovered from the southeastern Philippines by an international team of biologists working with the Philippine government’s Biodiversity Management Bureau. The discovery of the new genetic type of primate was funded in part by the National Geographic Committee for Research and Exploration.
Now for the main event – festival day! November 25th, 2013 (or the 4th Sunday of November annually) – the 25th annual Lopburi Monkey Festival commenced with all the simian fanfare one could imagine. Of the 3000 monkeys that call Lopburi home, 200-300 live in the immediate vicinity of Phra Prang Sam Yot temple and…
In “High Moon Over the Amazon”, a book about the dawn of her career as one of the world’s most distinguished primatologists, Patricia Chapple Wright recounts her pioneering research to study wild nocturnal monkeys in the Peruvian Amazon. It’s a page-turner of a yarn, in which Wright recalls stumbling around in total darkness, trying to follow the owl monkeys (Aotus) moving through the trees high in the canopy above her. The story is not only about how she came to discover the secrets of the world’s only night monkeys, but also the terrors of working in the jungle, including a face-to-face encounter with a jaguar, evading a large snake dangling from branches above her, and watching helplessly as a swarm of army ants swept into her encampment’s provision stores to devour supplies meant to support the scientists for months.
Twice Emmy-nominated actress, singer and fitness guru Charlotte Ross has starred in over 12 Prime Time television series. She is most known for her regular starring roles on Daytime and Prime Time shows like Days of Our Lives and NYPD Blue and Glee. On the Big Screen, Charlotte has starred along side Nicholas Cage and…
Long-tailed macaques are also called crab-eating macaques, but here in Singapore it’s a rare occurrence to see them doing just that. However, I recently had the great pleasure to see some honest-to-goodness crab-eating, crab-eating macaques. Typically, I see the Singapore monkeys chowing down on lush forest fruits or local garbage cuisine. On an excursion to…
Marmosets share a unique characteristic with humans: In conversations, these social monkeys wait their turn to speak. During exchanges, which can last up to 30 minutes, marmosets engage in vocal turn-taking and they don’t interrupt each other, researchers from Princeton University report in Current Biology. “We were surprised by how reliably the marmoset monkeys exchanged…
Forgive Tony Goldberg for picking his nose—he’s discovered a mysterious species of tick that usually hides in primate nostrils in Africa.
Lemurs have identifiable personality traits that are consistent from situation to situation, a new study says.
This week, we meet a retiree who decided to climb the Seven Summits on a whim, learn about the humanism of primates, explore the potential for drones, previously used exclusively in combat, to help conservation, and we discover where food goes after you eat it.
A rare Ethiopian primate called the gelada makes sounds like people—giving insights into the evolution of human speech.
This week, we head to the remote jungles of Ecuador, inhale living microbes with every breath we take, document a dying tradition of working with elephants in India, and learn about an unlikely set of friends in Ethiopia.
A monkey known as the lesula to local people in a remote part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been found to be a species new to science, researchers reported this week in the journal PLOS ONE. The species has been discovered just as it is being threatened with being hunted and eaten into extinction.
Humans entering the forests of Borneo 150 years ago were six times more likely to encounter wild orangutans than they would today, a new study finds. The researchers suspect that heavy hunting over the years is to blame. The finding means our understanding of the lives and behaviors of the great ape is based on…