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Watch Monkeys Swim

Watch monkeys swim for their supper in this rare video. Indonesia's proboscis monkeys are as at home in the water as they are in the trees - an unusual combination in non human primates. These web-footed monkeys are built for swimming.  Proboscis monkeys have an unusual trait not seen in many other species of monkey—they can swim. Using their partially webbed toes and fingers, they are able to escape predators and cross rivers to find food.

Birdwatching Is Great For Your Health

Researchers find bird watching is good for your mental health, reducing stress.

Finding Food

Birding: Even in winter, birds find a way to find food. Human alterations have helped make it easier for some species.

Christmas Bird Count

Christmas Bird Count provides unusual experience of winter birdwatching.    Weather can be frightful, but the birding’s delightful.

Checklist By Country

Washington Birder website offers birding checklist by county. The Washington Ornithological Society doesn’t list where to find specific birds, so birders made one.

4 New Bird Species Found

Four new bird species found at 6th XTBG Birding Festival. 

Hilton Teenager Publishes His Own Novel

From suffering from depression to being suicidal and dropping out of school and now at thetender age of 15, he is a self-published author. Josh Crickmay (20), from Hilton, has published his first book telling about his experiences. His book, titled Josh’s Big Year, was launched in Durban last Tuesday and in Hilton last Thursday.

Monkey Floss

Watch a monkey floss its teeth with a bird feather.  Monkeys living on an island have learned to use a startling variety of tools and techniques to obtain the juicy innards of different foods – and to floss their teeth afterwards. The Nicobar long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis umbrosus) is only found on three islands in the eastern Indian Ocean. One of them is Great Nicobar Island. To find out about the macaques’ eating habits, Honnavalli Kumara at the S&aa...

The Congo Basin Demise

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Enviro Monday: The Congo Basin’s demise will affect the whole planet. The vast Congo Basin makes up one of the most important wilderness areas left on Earth, playing among others, a huge role in climate change.

Kindness Counts

"Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not." - Samuel Johnson 

Blue-eyed Lemur Concern

The Gorgeous blue-eyed lemur faces extinction in 11 years. One of the most recently discovered lemur species of Madagascar could also be one of the first to disappear. The striking blue-eyed black lemur (Eulemur flavifrons), which was only identified as a species in 2008, faces extinction in as little as 11 years due to rapid deforestation in its only habitat, according to research published.

Who Eats Lemurs?

The Answer Is More Complex Than You'd Think. Poverty drives bushmeat consumption in some regions of Madagascar, but not everywhere. For years now, conservationists have warned that many Madagascar’s lemur species risk extinction due to rampant deforestation, the illegal pet trade, and the emerging trade in the primates’ meat. Now three disturbing new studies reveal previously unknown details about how the bushmeat trade threatens lemurs, and they’re not all what you m...

The Slaughter Of Wildlife

The slaughter of wildlife for meat in Sabah and Sarawak must stop. Some people see no difference between consuming chicken meat or the meat of protected animals like pangolins. Others positively seek the gastronomic thrill, as they see it, of consuming the meat of rare and “exotic” animals. One can make the argument, as many people have duly done, that ethically speaking there is no difference between eating beef or chicken and eating sambar deer or pangolin. This is because, it...

Eateries Selling Bushmeat Beware

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah Wildlife Enforcement Unit has continued its operations in the East Coast since it launched its operations to hunt for turtle poachers in Semporna last month.

Sa Trivia

South Africa is a weird and wonderful place, and has spawned some truly gifted pioneers and inventors, as well as possessing some unique and marvellous, biological and geological attributes.

28,000 Lemurs Stolen From The Wild

Ringtailed Lemurs Threatened by Illegal Pet Trade. Residents of Madagascar have stolen 28,000 lemurs from the wild in the past three years.

Ringtailed Lemur Populations Have Crashed By 95%

As few as 2,000 of these beloved primates remain in the forests of Madagascar, according to new research.

Courtship Amongst Ringtails

Researchers call it “stink flirting.” A male ringtailed lemur rubs his signature scent onto his long, fluffy tail, then waves it over his head in the direction of a nearby female. Males seem to intend this gesture as a sexual overture. But it often gets them into fights - with lemurs of both sexes. In fact, scientists aren’t sure stink flirting helps male lemurs at all.

Lemur On The Menu

Lemur on the menu: most-endangered primates still served in Madagascar. Officials in Madagascar’s northeastern Sava region say lemur is served illegally in restaurants. One conservationist says people use a code to order lemur meat. More than 90 percent of lemur species are threatened, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

Lemurs Are Weird Because Madagascar's Fruit Is Weird

Lemurs eat way less fruit than most other primates, and scientists have a new hypothesis as to why: the fruit on Madagascar, where the lemurs live, is unusually low in protein. Scientists posit that the evolution of unusual dietary behaviors in lemurs, from leaf-eating to hibernating, is tied to fruit quality.