May 15, 2015 |
Honi and Kira spared no time exploring their new gorilla highway through the trees above the Philadelphia Zoo. Motuba, the zoo's male silverback, was the shy one: He climbed the stairs and then retreated to a more familiar field in the gorilla enclosure. The overhead path that opened Wednesday is the fourth in a series of trails that have been lauded as not only innovative but transformative for zoos, taking the experience - for the animals that live there as much as the Homo sapiens who visit - into new realms.
September 24, 2013 |
WHILE MOST pop stars were rocking out at the iHeart Music Festival, in Las Vegas, the Music Midtown Festival, in Atlanta, or Farm Aid, in upstate New York, Rihanna spent a weekend at the beach in Thailand, leaving behind a trail of racy tweets and incriminating Instagram photographs that led police to arrest two men for allegedly peddling protected primates. On a break from her Diamonds World Tour, Rihanna stopped at the Thai island of Phuket, where she posted a link on Twitter to an Instagram photo that showed her snuggling up to a furry primate called the slow loris, and tweeted Friday: "Look who was talkin dirty to me!"
June 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - New fossil evidence of the earliest complete skeleton of an ancient primate suggests it was a hyperactive, wide-eyed creature so small you could hold a couple of them in your hand - if only they would stay still long enough. The 55 million-year-old fossil dug up in central China is one of our first primate relatives and gives scientists a better understanding of the complex evolution that eventually led to us. The monkeylike creature weighed an ounce or less and wasn't a direct ancestor.
April 9, 2013 |
Do animals have a sense of fairness? Do they empathize with another's pain? A few decades ago, such questions would have been dismissed as nonsense. Even today, they'd be rejected by many ethicists who argue that moral reasoning is unique to humans. Frans de Waal begs to differ. He holds that morality springs from our instincts as social animals, not from God, Society, Reason or any other capitalized Higher Being. The Dutch-born primatologist, who will speak at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., has spent three decades upending our assumptions about the origin of morality.
March 31, 2013 |
BANGKOK, Thailand - The multibillion-dollar trade in illegal wildlife - clandestine trafficking that has driven iconic creatures like the tiger to near-extinction - is also threatening the survival of great apes, a new U.N. report says. Endangered chimpanzees, orangutans, gorillas, and bonobos are disappearing from the wild in frightening numbers, as private owners pay top dollar for exotic pets, while disreputable zoos, amusement parks, and traveling circuses clamor for smuggled primates to entertain audiences.
January 26, 2013
Cardinal Jozef Glemp, 83, the head of Poland's influential Roman Catholic Church from 1981 to 2004 - a time when it played a historic role in the fight against communism - died Wednesday, Jan. 23, in Warsaw after a long illness, a church spokesman said. Cardinal Glemp was the primate for most of the papacy of the Polish-born Pope John Paul II, who was elected in 1979. The church then enjoyed huge influence in Poland, with John Paul inspiring the Solidarity movement of Lech Walesa that helped topple communism in 1989.
October 23, 2012 |
While it may be that some Americans doubt we're related to chimps and other primates, viruses recognize the similarities in our cells. The more closely two species are related, the more easily infections jump between them, said biologist Edward Holmes, who just moved from Penn State to the University of Sydney. For us humans, that means we're particularly vulnerable to catching diseases from other primates. HIV, for example, in various strains has jumped from primates to humans in at least 12 separate incidents.
January 20, 2012 |
With Michele Bachmann out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, we are left with an array of the usual suspects in American politics - namely, a bunch of men who seem to spend much of their lives bragging about how tough they are. Until Thursday, we had Rick Perry waxing macho about the number of executions he had overseen in Texas. We have Rick Santorum threatening to bomb Iran. There's Newt Gingrich proclaiming that the race is going to boil down to being between "Newt and not Newt.
December 28, 2009 |
Police are investigating a case of possible animal cruelty after the remains of 75 animals and a large altar composed of primate skulls were found yesterday inside a house in the city's Feltonville section. The animals are believed to have been sacrificed as part of satanic worship and Santeria rituals, investigators said. Pentagrams were also seen in the house. The remains included bones of a variety of animals, including sheep, goats, and chickens, police said. Authorities also removed the decomposing remains of what appeared to be two small primates, probably monkeys.
March 22, 2009 |
Zari is a stunner but not a star. The 7-year-old father of a small colony of golden lion tamarins, he scrambles over a tangle of vines in his exhibit at the Philadelphia Zoo. He and his two offspring, members of an endangered species of primate native to Brazil, weigh about 1 1/2 pounds. Exotic, almost otherworldly, they look like miniature, blond incarnations of Chewbacca the Wookiee from Star Wars. When children visit, the tamarins approach to check them out, but then quickly lose interest and retreat to a corner to groom each other in peace.