News from around the world

Yellowhammer

retold by S. E. Schlosser Once long ago, Sam, a young slave from Alabama, was sent to the market in Georgia with his master's cattle. After delivering the cattle to market, Sam was given some free time as a reward for good service. Sam decided to explore the city.

Monkey King

No image currently available

“Monkey King",or known to the Chinese as "Journey to West", written by Wu Ch'eng-en(1500?-1582),a scholar-official, is one of the renowned classical Chinese novels about an allegorical rendition of the journey, mingled with Chinese fables, fairy tables, legends,superstitions, popuar beliefs, monster stories as well as whatever the author could find in the Taoist and Buddhist religions.

The Spider, Deer And Monkey

No image currently available

In a dark corner of the forest a small and hungry spider was busy spinning its little web in vain. The summer was hot and dry with very few insects a'wing.

The Monkey And The Turtle

No image currently available

Once upon a time there was a monkey and a turtle. The monkey was a silly, greedy, selfish "Think-for-yourself" type of individual. The turtle was old and wise, preferred red wine over white, and enjoyed long walks on the beach by the moonlight.

About The Hindu Lord Hanuman

Hanuman, the mighty ape that aided Lord Rama in his expedition against evil forces, is one of the most popular idols in the Hindu pantheon. Believed to be an avatar of Lord Shiva, Hanuman is worshiped as a symbol of physical strength, perseverance and devotion. Hanuman's tale in the epic Ramayana - where he is assigned the responsibility to locate Rama's wife Sita abducted by Ravana, the demon king of Lanka — is known for its astounding ability to inspire and equip a reader with all the ...

Ramayana

The Ramayana tells the story of a battle between the Hindu god Vishnu and a demon called Ravana. None of the gods could fight Ravana because of a promise they had foolishly made earlier, and Ravana was messing with everyone and nobody could stop him. So Vishnu decided to be reborn as a man, and then he would not be a god and he would be able to fight Ravana. So Vishnu was born as the prince Rama. Rama was supposed to be king when his father died, but at the last minute his father decided to make...

The Tale Of Monkey Brothers

No image currently available

A long time back, in one of his earlier births Buddha was born a monkey named Nandaka. The forests of the Himalayas were his abode where he lived with his younger brother, Chullanandaka   Both brothers together had a band of eighty four thousand monkeys, besides their old blind mother. Since they were kind leaders, the entire band lived in peace and harmony.

The Monkey Paw

No image currently available

Without, the night was cold and wet, but in the small parlor of Lakesnam Villa the blinds were drawn and the fire burned brightly. Father and son were at chess, the former, who possessed ideas about the game involving radical changes, putting his king into suchm sharp and unnecessary perils that it even provoked comment from the whitehaired old lady knitting placidly by the fire.

The Monkey And Two Cats

No image currently available

Once upon a time two cats found a piece of cheese and cut it into two pieces. But one piece was slightly bigger than the other. Both the cats wanted the bigger piece. Then they went ton a monkey and asked to sort out the matter.

The Monkey And The Dolphin

No image currently available

One day long ago, some sailors set out to sea in their sailing ship. One of them brought his pet monkey along for the long journey.

The King Of Our Birds

No image currently available

One day the birds took it into their heads that they would like a master, and that one of their number must be chosen king. A meeting of all the birds was called, and on a beautiful May morning they assembled from woods and fields and meadows. The eagle, the robin, the bluebird, the owl, the lark, the sparrow were all there. The cuckoo came, and the lapwing, and so did all the other birds, too numerous to mention. There also came a very little bird that had no name at all. There was great con...

The Old Woman Who Became A Woodpecker

No image currently available

by Phoebe Cary A Legend of the Northland   Afar in the Northland, where the winter days are so short and the nights so long, and where they harness the reindeer to sledges, and where the children look like bear's cubs in their funny, furry clothes, there, long ago, wandered a good Saint on the snowy roads.

Common Marmoset

Callithrix jacchus

International Primate Day - 1st September Annually

Primate suffering, abuse, exploitation and persecution in South Africa will be highlighted on September 1 when Animal Rights Africa (ARA) joins the growing international effort to publicise the plight of primates the World over. International Primate Day, which is observed on September 1 every year, was founded in 2005 by British-based Animal Defenders International for animal campaigners across the world to focus on the exploitation and persecution of primates.

Humans & Monkeys Share Machiavellian Intelligence

When it comes to their social behavior, people sometimes act like monkeys, or more specifically, like rhesus macaques, a type of monkey that shares with humans strong tendencies for nepotism and political maneuvering, according to research by Dario Maestripieri, an expert on primate behavior and an Associate Professor in Comparative Human Development and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago.  "After humans, rhesus macaques are one of the most successful primate species on ...

When Potential Becomes A Reality

Without applied effort, potential remains just that – potential! But take a man of vision and passion, give him a few like-minded people and some encouragement and that potential becomes a reality.   Tony Blignaut, CEO of Monkeyland, is a man of great vision:   Tony had become aware of the “systematic demise of African primate populations through the ‘bushmeat’ trade” in the late 60’s and early 70’s. He conceived a dream of a forest sanctua...

Primates In Captivity

Live primates are taken from the wild for the pet and zoo trade, or for scientific and pharmaceutical research. This trade had grown into a massive and lucrative business by the early 1970s, creating a serious drain on primate populations, especially since most babies are caught after shooting their mothers and other troop members.

A Brief History Of Arbor Day

Arbor Day originated in 1872 in the United States territory of Nebraska. Mr. J. Sterling Morton, a newcomer to the treeless plains of Nebraska, was a keen proponent of the beauty and benefit of trees. He persuaded the local agricultural board to set aside a day for planting trees and through his position as editor of Nebraska's first newspaper, encouraged participation in the event by publishing articles on the value of trees for soil protection, fruit, shade and building.

Deforestation

The world forests are under enormous pressures. In Europe they suffer from air pollution and acid rain, in South east Asia and Central Afica, trees are being felled at an alarming rate, in South America, rich rain forest is flooded by dams or turned into cattle ranches. The world's demands on forests are vast, absolutely unprecedented, and accelerating very rapidly. Tropical forests of the developing world are the most affected with the a net loss of some 250 million hectares between 1980 and 20...

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Monkeyland - changing the Ways People Think About Primates What is a primate? A primate is any member of the biological order Primates, the group that contains all the species commonly related to the lemurs, monkeys, and apes, with the latter category including humans. Primates are found all over the world. Non-human primates occur mostly in Central and South America, Africa, and southern Asia. A few species exist up into southern Mexico, and in Asia as far north as northern Japan.