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Bird Fossils

Bird fossils are rare because bird bones are hollow and fragile, but Jurassic, Cretaceous, Eocene and Miocene-Pliocene bird fossils have been found.

Bird Brains And Nerves

Like all animals birds need a control center and a set of communication channels to ensure that there system runs smoothly. As in most more complicated animals this is usually called a brain and a nervous system.

Vibations And Touch In Birds

Birds have contact and touch sensors on various parts of their bodies. These include their feet, bills and tongues ( i.e Woodpeckers). This relates to the fact that it is these parts of their bodies which most often come into contact with the rest of the world. In some birds the tactile sensors are particularly well developed in the bills allowing them to feed mostly by probing and feeling for prey, this is most evident in waders. Birds also have special small feathers called bristles which are ...

About Bird Feathers

Feathers are one of the most prominent features of a bird's anatomy, and they are unique to birds. Every bird has feathers and everything that has feathers is a bird. Feathers perform a number of functions for a bird. Firstly, they provide insulation, this is very important in a warm blooded animal (body temperature of most birds is maintained at around 40C). It is believed by most scientists that this insulating effect was the primary force driving the evolution of feathers, i.e. ancestral bird...

The Avian Eye And Vision

A bird's eye is very similar in its basic structure to a human eye. Though with certain modifications and differences.   The eyes make up a much larger percentage of the weight of the head in birds than in man, i.e. 15% for a common Starling but only 1% for man. This is partly because a bird's eyes are larger relative to its skull than a human's and partly because the skull is lighter, i.e. no heavy jaw bone and teeth.

What Makes Birds Fly?

Feathers are the unique and distinguishing feature of birds. Not all birds fly -- some like the emu only walk or run, and others like the penguin only walk or swim. But all birds have feathers and only birds have feathers.

How Do Birds Breath?

Like us, birds need to breathe air in and out of their lungs in order to fulfil the cycle of bringing oxygen into the body to be used in metabolism and also to take the waste CO2 away from the body. However, unlike us, when a bird breathes the air does not go simply in and out of the lungs in a simple u-shaped path.

Who Can You Help?

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM We accept volunteers throughout the year depending on the availability of accommodation. If you are interested in volunteering at Monkeyland you’ll simply have to let us know a bit about yourself e.g.: your interests, age, the languages you speak, why you wish to volunteer at Monkeyland, when you’d like to volunteer with us (from which date to which – even if it’s a few months or a year – we’ll need to know how long).   For more ...

Mr Cool

My name is Tarzan.  I am the most popular and the most photographed primate at Monkeyland.  People love me, other primates can’t keep their hands off me - I am Mr Cool.

The Best Daddy Ever!

Tamarins are New World monkeys and we are classified into three categories based on the ‘look’ of our faces. The three groups are the hairy-face, the mottled-face and the bare-face. I am a bare-face Cotton-Top Tamarin and my name is George.

The Truth About Vivisection

Every year, tens of millions of animals are dissected, infected, injected, gassed, burned and blinded in hidden laboratories on college campuses and research facilities throughout the U.S. Still more animals are used to test the safety of cosmetics, household cleansers and other consumer products. These innocent primates, dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents and other animals are used against their will as research subjects in experiments and procedures that would be considered sadistically cruel were t...

So What Can Be Done To Save Primates?

It seems that a lot of you out there are concerned about the latest report from Conservation International on the precarious fate of the 25 most endangered primates and what can be done to save them – quick. For instance, for some species such as the orangutan, it is estimated that there is less than two years to protect the last remaining 40,000 from habitat destruction in places such as Borneo, where forests are being cut down for palm oil production for healthier non-transfat cookies fo...

Sahamalaza Sportive Lemur

Lepilemur sahamalazensis

Animal Cruelty: Animal Abuse Facts And Statistics

Most people think that animals in circuses and movies like what they do. However, this is not the case as it has been glaringly pointed out and proved. Here are some facts about Animal Cruelty.

Animal Cruelty

The bio diversity of the planet needs to be addressed with a renewed understanding, especially since we claim to be at the apex of the charts. It is truly detrimental to our claim of ‘superior existence’ that we do not value the co-existence of other life forms.

The Cruel Fool

Animals feel pain too. Think again before inflicting more pain on the weakest link.

New Jersey Gets Tough On Animal Cruelty

By Charlotte LoBuono 2004: Gov. James McGreevey (D-NJ) recently signed into law new legislation that would increase penalties for those who abuse and injure animals in New Jersey.

Why Do People Abuse Animals?

There are many reasons why people abuse animals. It could be done unintentionally or intentionally   Animal abuse can be defined as treatment meted out to animals that can cause harm to them. Animal abuse can be classified into two separate categories. One is an active form of animal abuse and the other is a passive form. Active form of abuse involves cruelty to animals.

West Develops Taste For Primates

Meat from wild primates killed in Africa is landing on dinner plates in North America and western Europe. Offered for sale in clandestine markets from Los Angeles to Paris, primates make up nearly a third of the illegal international trade in bushmeat, according to a survey of markets in seven cities.

Welcome To The Life Of Our Happy Lemurs

After waking up, a big, health breakfast is waiting for them. This morning there are a wide variety of fruits on the menu. After eating a few bits and peaces they have play time. Chasing each other through the forest, jumping from one tree to another makes this morning so much fun! But it also makes you tired, so it’s time to relax a little bit in the sun. They spread their arms and go sunbathing in the morning sun. This is how life is supposed to be.