It’s the Year of the Gibbon!

February 25, 2015
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It’s the Year of the Gibbon!

The lunar calendar may have just ushered in the Year of the Sheep, but according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, 2015 is actually the International Year of the Gibbon. And it’s not a moment too soon.   If you include the larger-bodied but closely-related siamangs, as many as 19 species of...

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Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a pair of happy gibbons!

February 13, 2015
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Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a pair of happy gibbons!

Among the apes, gibbons are the best representatives of true love.   Gibbons are unique among all our nearest kin in that they are monogamous (or nearly so, anyway). Although we are gradually learning more about the variety of social behavior seen in wild primates, same-sex adult gibbons generally do not tolerate each other’s...

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U.S. primate import statistics for 2014

January 26, 2015
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U.S. primate import statistics for 2014

Here’s the bad news: 1. Imports are up 20 percent. For the second year in a row, primate imports into the United States have increased. And not just a little bit. In 2014, the United States imported about 4,000 more primates than in 2013. That’s 23,465 monkeys and apes—as opposed to 19,466 in 2013...

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