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Monkeys Show Sense Of Fairness, Study Says

If you expect equal pay for equal work, you're not the only species to have a sense of fair play. Blame evolution. Researchers studying brown capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella) have found that the highly social, cooperative species native to South America show a sense of fairness, the first time such behavior has been documented in a species other than humans. The question of whether human aversion to unfair treatment—now shown by other primates—is an evolved behavior or the result ...

Howler Monkeys

Howlers are New World monkeys found in tropical Central and South America. They are aptly named for their cacophonous cries. When a number of howlers let loose their lungs in concert, often at dawn or dusk, the din can be heard up to three miles (five kilometers) away. Male monkeys have large throats and specialized, shell-like vocal chambers that help to turn up the volume on their distinctive call. The noise sends a clear message to other monkeys: This territory is already occupied by a troop.

Remarkable New Monkey Discovered In Remote Congo Rainforest


Cercopithecus lomamiensis

Golden Snub-nosed Monkeys

golden snub-nosed monkeys

Rhinopithecus roxellana

The Sa Travel And Tourism Industry Conference

The SA Travel and Tourism Industry Conference is a collaborative effort between the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) and five of its member associations. They are the Association of South African Travel Agents (ASATA), the Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (FEDHASA), the National Accommodation Association of South Africa (NAA-SA), the Southern African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (SAVRALA) and the Southern African Tourism Services Association (SATSA).

Meet Baby Magweba

This is the 1st picture we managed to take of him (Claire Hamilton took it for us by's ). Baby Magweba was born the 8th of August 2012. He is only a few weeks old in this photograph.

Meet Baby Magweba

This is the 1st picture we managed to take of him (Claire Hamilton took it for us by's ). Baby Magweba was born the 8th of August 2012. He is only a few weeks old in this photograph.

Second Fair Trade Holiday Package Introduced To Dutch Market

TUI Nederland, market leader in the Dutch travel industry, has developed the second Fair Trade Tourism holiday package to South Africa for the Dutch market. Through the ‘Footprints in het Noorden’ package, TUI aims to offer customers a unique opportunity to give something back to local communities that make their holidays in South Africa special.

Iglta Workshop To Be Held Next Month

The International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) will be holding its first Gauteng workshop and networking event at The Residence, Houghton in Johannesburg on Wednesday, September 19 at 18h00. The event is for existing members and for those wishing to find out more about the Association and how to more effectively reach this billion market.

Business Travel Makes You Happy – New Research

Business travel is a source of personal happiness, according to research conducted by Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, who conducted a research study to discover how frequent business travel impacts one’s perspective on work, home life and personal well-being. It conducted an online survey of approximately 1000 frequent US business travellers in May. “We feel the best way to help our guests succeed is to understand how they operate, so we can maximise their experience at our ...

South Africa Truly Is A Place Of Infinite Possibilities.

With so much to offer tourists in all nine of its glorious provinces, it is no wonder that its tourism industry is one that has grown from strength to strength over the years, and continues to do so in a trying world economy.

Below Are Some Reader Comments In Response To Colin Bell’s Letter To The Editor

Colin wrote that the Current tourism stats were meaningless. Clickhere to read the letter. This is the response Tourism Update received: Dave Marsh, owner of Now Media, says: “Pity this man is not on the board of SAT -- he was nominated. His experience in building one of the most successful rural tourism and community-based tourism businesses in Africa should be better utilised. By starting a tourism business from scratch and making countless marketing trips overseas and meeting hund...

Current Tourism Stats Are Meaningless

Letter to the Tourism Update Editor: Current tourism stats are meaningless, 28 Tue, Aug 2012 Colin Bell, wrote the following letter to Tourism Update regarding the issues he feels need to be addressed during the upcoming South African Travel and Tourism Industry Conference (SATTIC), taking place from September 2-4. For me, the crux issues that we need to address at great speed are our tourism statistics and flowing from this, SAT's marketing performance. Everywhere I read how well ...

Zimbabwe Tourism Fair Dates Announced

The Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Africa Fair will be held at the International Conference Centre in Harare from October 18-21. The annual fair is organised by the Zimbabwean Tourism Authority and this year will showcase some of Africa’s best tourism products. The first two days are trade days and the last two are for the public. Opening times are from 09h00 to 17h00.

Joburg Tourism Focuses On Brics Countries

Earlier this week, Joburg Tourism joined forces with Brand South Africa to host a group of nine members of the media from the BRICS group of countries in Johannesburg. “The BRICS group is a lucrative market for tourism growth and this media tour aligned perfectly with our marketing strategy to entrench Joburg as a global, year-round business and leisure destination - brimming with activities, special events, attractions, tastes, sights and sounds to encourage visitors to stay longer, spe...

Strong Southern African Presence For Itb Asia

Now in its fifth year, ITB Asia, taking place from October 17-19 at Marina Bay Sands Hotel, is expected to see a strong presence from emerging markets such as Southern Africa and South America, which have the largest growing presence at the event.

The Black Howler Monkey

Alouatta caraya

Birds As Pets

Pet birds are usually locked in a cage, and often they have no company of their own kind. This kills their spirit first then their immune system begins to break down leaving their bodies open to diseases, feather plucking and worst of all dying from loneliness. Often pet birds are fed an incorrect diet. Prevent this by emailing our curator at Birds of Eden, and ask her to suggest an correct diet for your pet bird.

Strange English Language Facts

He could lead if he would get the lead out. A farm can produce produce. The dump was so full it had to refuse refuse. The soldier decided to desert in the desert.

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Victory! As a result of PETA's campaign, the Army announced that it is ending its cruel use of monkeys in chemical attack training exercises and will instead use advanced human simulators!   On Monday, dozens of PETA members greeted the 32,000 attendees—who included Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno—of the annual meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) in Washington, D.C. The protesters were there to urge the Army to stop...