Jane Goodall nominated for Nobel Peace Price

Jane Goodall nominated for Nobel Peace Price
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Dame Jane Morris Goodall has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Price for 2019. She was also included on the 2019 TIME 100 List of the 100 most influential people in the world. She is considered to be the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is best known for her over 55-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees. Over 30 scientists and leaders in environmental conservation, as well as several online petitions, are calling for Dr. Goodall to be awarded the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. Since awards are not given posthumously there is a big push for her to receive this award now since she is 85 yrs old and very deserving.  Her early work studying chimpanzees in Gombe National Park, situated in what would become Tanzania, revealed that “our similarities with animals are far greater than are our differences,” writes the group of researchers, authors and teachers from 16…

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Grauer Gorillas

Critically endangered Grauer's gorillas are the largest primate in the world & one of our closest relatives. Today, consider what you can do to help GRACE save them.

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47 Year Old Nene Drums At The Top Of The Tower

47 Year Old Nene Drums At The Top Of The Tower
Nene Drumming

On January 1, 2019 Nene climbed all the way to the top of the tower and climbed on the tallest pylon, stood straight and drummed on her chest. Nene climbs to the top of the tower often. However, she seldom climbs on a pylon and always does so very carefully. Never has she stood up and drummed on her chest. This is a very special event to witness. Particularly since she is 46 years old which is a very advanced age for a gorilla. In human years that would likely be equivalent to being in your 90's. A gorilla's lifespan is normally between 35 and 40 years YOU GO GIRL! We are all very proud of you!!! Outdoor Area Tower 8 meters (26 feet) tall. https://youtu.be/pScRo1QLY3w

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Baby News! Antwerp Zoo

Baby News! Antwerp Zoo
Antwerp baby gorilla

A new baby gorilla was born at Antwerp Zoo, Belgium, on November 27, 2018.   The baby was not due until later in December so it came as somewhat of a surprise to the zoo staff. The baby's mother is Mayani who is an experienced mother having given birth once before. The baby is the first born for father Matadi. Since the birth Matadi has not left Mayani's side.  The baby will be named after the sex is determined. In keeping with the tradition to name new babies starting with the same letter in any given year and related to its country of origin, the baby will get an African name starting with ‘T’. As of this writing the baby's sex has been determined and it is a GIRL!

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Barney gets a physical

Barney gets a physical
Photo by Sedgwick County Zoo @SedgwickCoZoo

Barney, a 25 year old Western Lowland Gorilla, had a full health checkup on 12/11/2018. While this was a preventative checkup they did find a couple of things. Barney has been having a skin rash for a bit and they found out that he has allergies to mango, plantains and dust mites.  Barney also has been coughing a lot lately and when they performed a bronchoscopy they found that there were actual mites running around in there. Poor guy, combined with the skin allergy to dust mites, he must have been feeling pretty bad. The last and perhaps most important checkup was for his heart and blood pressure. Silverbacks are known to suffer from high blood pressure and heart disease therefore zoos are keeping a close eye on any issues that might arise in this area. The good news is that Barney does not have hypertension. However, his heart is…

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Gorillas Voted #1

Gorillas Voted Every other year at Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Nagoya, Japan they conduct a vote among the public for the most popular animals at the zoo. This year for the first time in 46 years the gorillas were voted number one. Koalas were number two with elephants taking the third spot. Visitors cast 19,316 ballots from Oct. 6 to Nov. 4. Gorillas secured 2,376 votes, with Koalas gaining 2,039 votes and elephants 1,873. Visitors were able to select up to three species on each voting slip which they were able to submit upon entrance to the zoo. In the beginning, the contest was held every two to four years. But in 1986 it was changed to once every two years, with the top 10 animals announced to the public. The koalas and elephants have been consistently the winners of this popularity contest over the years. Interestingly enough,…

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Mountain Gorilla Status Downgraded

The mountain gorilla had been included on an endangered “Red List” published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, or IUCN. They were listed as “critically endangered.” This organization maintains a rating system that determines the threat posed to individual species, where categories range from Least Concern (LC) to Extinct (EX). On November 14, 2018, the IUCN downgraded their status to “endangered.” According to results just released by the IUCN, the mountain gorilla population living in the Virunga mountains has grown— from 480 total individuals in 2010 to 604 as of June 2016! Combined with a separate mountain gorilla population living in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda, this brings the number of mountain gorillas to more than 1,000 individuals. This small step is due partially to intense conservation efforts and certainly a cause for celebration.

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Republic of Congo New National Park

The Republic of Congo has just created its fifth ever national park – the Ogooué-Leketi National Park, which is expected to help dozens struggling wildlife species including gorillas and chimpanzees. The forest sector of the new park is also home to several other species, such as the African forest elephant, forest buffalo , red river hog, and several species of monkey including the mandrill.The communities living near the Ogooué-Leketi National Park have been involved in the process of creating the protected area since the project was launched, through an approach that ensured best practices of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent.This is an incredible accomplishment for wildlife conservation in the Congo and around the world as the new Ogooué-Leketi National Park which borders with Gabon’s Batéké Plateau National Park, will collectively offer more than 1,359,080 acres of protected river valleys, forests, and rolling savannahs.

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