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2013-02-28 23:02:51

Kappa Alpha Theta is proud that two of the 18 women honored by the National Women's History Project (NWHP) in March (National Women's History Month) were members of our Fraternity. Indianapolis, IN (PRWEB) February 28, 2013 More than 10 percent of the women honored by the National Women´s History Project (NWHP) during 2013 Women´s History Month were members of Kappa Alpha Theta. This year´s theme, Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination, honors 18 women who throughout...

Young Gorillas Observed Dismantling Poacher Snares
2012-07-23 07:04:11

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In what can only be described as an impassioned effort to save their own kind from the hand of poachers, two juvenile mountain gorillas have been observed searching out and dismantling manmade traps and snares in their Rwandan forest home, according to a group studying the majestic creatures. Conservationists working for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International were stunned when they saw Dukore and Rwema, two brave young...

2011-07-25 09:23:00

YARMOUTH PORT, Mass., July 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Six endangered Grauer's gorillas were airlifted from a rehabilitation facility in Rwanda to a center in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) this weekend. The gorillas will remain at the center until they are ready to be released back to the wild. The two-day operation included a helicopter airlift with the primates moved one at a time from Goma to the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) center near...

2011-03-29 13:41:36

Finding confirms that serious diseases can pass to gorillas from people For the first time, a virus that causes respiratory disease in humans has been linked to the deaths of wild mountain gorillas, reports a team of researchers in the United States and Africa. The finding confirms that serious diseases can pass from people to these endangered animals. The researchers are from the non-profit Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project; the Wildlife Health Center at the University of California,...

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2010-12-07 12:20:00

Regional authorities said Tuesday that the population of mountain gorillas in their main central African habitat has increased by a quarter in seven years. The majority of the world's mountain gorillas are found in the Virunga massif, which includes three contiguous national parks in Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda. According to a census carried out earlier this year and funded by local and foreign wildlife organizations, the population of the iconic but endangered...

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2010-12-02 07:48:55

What sets mankind's closest relatives "” monkeys, apes, and other primates "” apart from other animals? According to a new study, one answer is that primates are less susceptible to the seasonal ups and downs "” particularly rainfall"” that take their toll on other animals. The findings may also help explain the evolutionary success of early humans, scientists say. The study appeared online in the November 30 issue of American Naturalist. "Wild animals deal with a...

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2009-12-04 08:44:52

More than two years after being evacuated following the 2007 killings of their mothers, mountain gorilla babies Ndakasi and Ndeze this week returned home to the Democratic Republic of Congo, moving into a new custom-built forest sanctuary. The Dec. 1 move was coordinated by the UC Davis-based Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, which has been providing veterinary care for the orphans since they were rescued. "The move was a great success thanks to the tremendous effort of the Mountain...

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2009-09-01 06:15:00

A Wildlife Authority spokeswoman said on Monday that Facebook and Twitter users will be able to "befriend" rare Ugandan mountain gorillas, as well as track their movements. Lillian Nsubuga told AFP that the scheme was designed to promote Uganda's nascent tourism industry, and users will be able to receive updates about their endangered primate friends. "Through geo-tracking and GPS, you'll be able to get information about new births within the family and other information," she said,...

2008-08-07 12:00:46

By BEN MCCONVILLE By Ben McConville The Associated Press EDINBURGH, Scotland Can there be more lurking in the mist? Despite a startling find announced Tuesday that doubled the estimated number of western lowland gorillas in central Africa, scientists warned that hundreds of primate species remain in danger of extinction. A census by the Wildlife Conservation Society raised the estimate for gorillas in the Congo jungle to around 200,000 from a previous estimate of between 50,000 and...

2008-03-10 09:00:19

By Kanner, Melinda Abstract: The author explores the popular construction of primatology through an examination of the films Gorillas in the Mist (1988) and Instinct (1999). The primatologist's gender governs the manner of presentation in the films, irrespective of scientific, historical, or biographical realities. These cinematic constructions are discussed in terms of the larger context of gender, science, and primatology. Key words: film, gender, Gorillas in the Mist, Instinct,...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.