The Allahabad high court has issued show cause notices to three officials for noncompliance of an order, asking them to initiate steps to drive away dangerous monkeys from a village in the district. The officials who have been issued the notice include Pilibhit district magistrate and Vishalpur SDM, reports our correspondent.

An Associate Laureate of the 2004 Rolex Awards, Jo Thompson was selected for her pioneering efforts to save the bonobo, an endangered ape that dwells only in the Congo Basin region of Africa. During the Congo's war years (1998-2002), Thompson's wildlife project maintainted an active presence within the country.

While wild chimpanzees are experiencing drastic population declines, their numbers at African rescue and rehabilitation projects are growing rapidly. Chimpanzees follow complex routes to these refuges; and their geographic origins are often unclear. Identifying areas where hunting occurs can help law enforcement authorities focus scarce resources for wildlife protection planning.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal today accepted the demand of state MLAs to include protection of crops from wild animals by employing rakhas (guards) under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS).

Mankind

While species losses mount worldwide, conservationists in Brazil have made great strides towards saving the golden lion tamarin and its forest habitat from destruction.

The main threat to the survival of primates in Sumatra is habitat destruction, but there is also an increasing problem of conflict with local people due to crop-raiding. This study characterizes the perceived impacts of primate crop-raiding in four villages in North Sumatra. Ninety-eight semi-structured interviews were conducted to collect data on (i) crop species, (ii) which vertebrates are thought to damage crops, (iii) the perceived extent to which each vertebrate species damages crops, and (iv) the preventive measures taken in the four villages.

TIRUNELVELI:

Around 2,500 monkeys in Madaripur are facing acute food crisis as the "Programme for protection and development of endangered monkeys in Char Muguria area" ended on June 30.

Quite a few monkeys have already died due to food crisis while many mother monkeys, passing days starved or half-starved, are even unable to breast feed their babies, locals said.

Thick vegetation, garbage dumped around the airport by residents makes it an ideal feeding ground
Kumar Manish | TNN

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