Poop-throwing by chimps may actually be a sign of intelligence
Researchers have found that the smartest chimps also fling their feces the most accurately.
Veera, a month old Orangutan photographed by Rahman Roslan was born at the Singapore Zoo which has the largest social colony of endangered Sumatran and Bornean orangutans in the world. Bornean orangutans are an endangered species, due in part to deforestation. As well as the destruction of their natural habitat, they are also deliberately killed by hunters for the bushmeat trade, while young orangutans are even caught to be sold as pets. With the rate at which they are declining, according to the IUCN they are thought to be extinct within the next decade. Article.
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Lemur Parents Start to Smell Like Each Other
Maybe you’ve seen couples who start to look like each other, but lemurs in love actually start to smell alike.
Lemurs mimic their mate’s scent-marking habits, and after they’ve had babies, the primate couples even start to give off similar aromas, new research found. The scientists behind the study think lemurs might sync up their scents to broadcast their relationship status or bolster their territory-marking powers.
The research focused on Coquerel’s sifakas, an endangered species, living at the Duke Lemur Center in Durham, N.C., which has the largest population of lemurs outside of Madagascar, the only place on Earth where these primates evolved.
Kirk’s Red Colobus, by Hector16
The Kipunji (Rungwecebus kipunji)
Kipunjis were first discovered in 2003 and reported to the world in 2005. They were the first monkey species to be assigned a new genus since the 1920s. The only two known populations are in the mountain forests of Tanzania and with fewer than 2,000 individuals counted, they are already critically endangered. Little is known about the kipunji yet. They live in groups, mainly up in the tree tops and are, unsurprisingly, shy of humans. Their distinctive and loud ‘honk bark’ is unlike that of any other monkey and was a factor that helped to distinguish them as a new species.(x)