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February 2011

The Cleverest Monkeys

Wed 16th February 2011 (0 comments)
The Tiny Pygmy Marmoset

The Tiny
Pygmy Marmoset

Around 40 million years ago in the world's ancient tropical forests, the first monkeys existed. Monkeys are still found across the tropics today, that are the ancestors of even larger primates like forest apes (and therefore humans). There are currently 310 different species of monkey in the world, 95 of which are endemic to Brazil.

Monkeys (along with humans) are primates, and therefore belong to one of the most intelligent animal groups on Earth. In their natural habitats, countless monkey species display complex social behaviours in their daily lives from living in groups and caring for young, to the use of basic tools to get food.

Is There A Brighter Future For Palm Oil?

Fri 11th February 2011 (0 comments)
Peat Swamp Forest

Peat Swamp

The use of palm oil in many of our everyday products has been causing problems for a long time but according to a recent BBC report, the wheels of change have been set in motion in the Indonesian Palm Oil industry. One of the world's largest palm oil producers, Golden Agri-Resources, has partnered with The Forest Trust to try and protect natural forests that store high amounts of carbon.

Despite the fact the current RSPO (Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil) laws prohibit the destruction of such forests anyway, vast areas of tropical jungle are still being illegally cleared in areas that are particularly vulnerable in terms of conservation. Indonesia particularly, is home to some of the rarest and most endangered species of both plant and animal in the world.

Are We Really On The Menu?

Wed 9th February 2011 (1 comment)
Great White Shark

Great White

Despite the fact that people are not found on the natural menu of any species of shark, shark attacks on humans still occur around the world. Shark attacks in 2010 have been said to hit record numbers, with 115 cases having been investigated by scientists around the world. A shocking 69% of these attacks have been confirmed to have been unprovoked.

However, out of the 360 different shark species found in ocean waters worldwide, only 3 are known to commonly attack humans. These are the Great White Shark (found in coastal waters worldwide), the Tiger Shark (found in warmer, tropical waters), and the Bull Shark (found in warmer, coastal waters). These three sharks are amongst the largest and most aggressive shark species in the world.

Discovering Indigenous Tribes

Fri 4th February 2011 (0 comments)
Copyright Survival International

Copyright Survival

Despite the almost complete connection we now have with all parts of the world, there are still people out there who have no idea about the modern technologies that now control most of our lives. These are people who are still very connected to the environment that surrounds them and are completely self sufficient from the outside world.

There are numerous indigenous tribes around the world, but many of those that have yet to come into contact with others, are often found in the depths of the jungles across the tropical southern hemisphere and are only known to us from aerial photographs. One of the most recently discovered was an isolated tribe inhabiting an area of rainforest on the border between Brazil and Peru.

The Marshes Of Mesopotamia

Tue 1st February 2011 (0 comments)
Native Arabs On Marsh

Native Arabs On

Thinking about Iraq would not automatically conjure up images of peace, tranquillity and places where people and wildlife live respectfully together. However, as early as 1980, Southern Iraq was home to one of the world's most important wetlands, a vast area of natural marshland about the size of Yorkshire.

However, in the 1990s the marshes were drained by Saddam Hussein who was trying to eradicate the native Marsh Arab tribes. Using a system of carefully built canals throughout the marshes (including the largest known as the Glory River), and damming the rivers that fed them, the water quickly disappeared and the entire area was turned into desert.