The Rainforest Foundation – Action Alert

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The first-ever law in Africa guarding against the discrimination, exploitation and violence endured by indigenous peoples could be passed in the Republic of Congo by the end of 2007.

The Rainforest Foundation need our help now to safeguard the basic human rights of indigenous peoples who play a crucial role in protecting Congo’s rainforests. Please sign the Rainforest petition urging Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso to support this vital legislation affecting the lives of tens of thousands of indigenous peoples.

HEADLINES
[10.10.07] GreenAwards

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The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates

ScienceDaily reported today, in an article entitled “Primates: Extinction Threat Growing For Mankind’s Closest Living Relatives”, about a report titled “Primates in Peril: The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates 2006-2008,” compiled by 60 experts from 21 countries, prepared by the Primate Specialist Group of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission (SSC) and the International Primatological Society (IPS), in collaboration with Conservation International (CI).

Russell Mittermeier, president of Conservation International, said: “You could fit all the surviving members of these 25 species in a single football stadium. That’s how few of them remain on Earth today.”

The report warns that failure to respond to the mounting threats now exacerbated by climate change will bring the first primate extinctions in more than a century. Overall, 114 of the world’s 394 primate species are classified as threatened with extinction on the IUCN Red List.

The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates, and the countries where they are found:
1. Greater bamboo lemur (Prolemur simus), Madagascar
2. White-collared lemur (Eulemur albocollaris), Madagascar
3. Sahamalaza Peninsula sportive lemur (Lepilemur sahamalazensis), Madagascar
4. Silky sifaka (Propithecus candidus), Madagascar
5. Cross River gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli), Nigeria, Cameroon Continue reading

Wildlife Pays the Price for Myanmar Chinese Demand

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The remaining wild elephants, tigers and bears in Myanmar’s forests are being hunted down slowly and sold to China. Nestled in hills in a rebel-controlled enclave on the Chinese border, the “Las Vegas in the jungle” casino town is clearly branching out from narcotics and prostitution into the illegal wildlife business. Besides row upon row of fruit, vegetables and cheap plastic sandals, the market offers a grisly array of animal parts, as well as many live specimens, to the hundreds of Chinese tourists who flock across the border each day. Continue reading

Global Warming Up, Peace Prize Down

Just a few days after the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr., findings of a study have been released by the National Academy of Sciences showing that Greenhouse Gas emissions has pushed stronger-than-expected and sooner-than-expected Climate Change.

Carbon Dioxide emissions are 35% higher in 2006 than 1990 – a much higher growth rate than previously anticipated by the Climate Change Panel. 3 factors were cited as mostly responsible for this unprecedented rise; global economic growth, the global economy becoming more carbon intense, and a decline in the ocean and land’s ability to absorb carbon from the atmosphere. “Weakening lands and ocean sinks are contributing to the accelerating growth of atmospheric CO2” said co-author Chris Field. Continue reading

Jane Goodall: What separates us from the apes?


Traveling from Ecuador to Africa, Jane Goodall takes the audience on an ecological journey, discussing highlights and low points of her experiences in the jungle.

She shows how progress is helping research (DNA analysis) and hurting the environment (clear-cutting). And she draws a dozen parallels between primate and human behaviour, making the point that we really aren’t all that different. Our big advantage, she says, is the ability to communicate with sophisticated spoken language – yet, sadly, we are abusing this power and destroying the planet. She urges the TED audience to behave differently, and use their higher powers to correct the planet’s course.

Two Years Left to Save Wild Orangutans from Extinction!

Dutch ecologist Willie Smits says he will never forget the day in October 1989 when he saw the desperately sad eyes of an orangutan baby looking at him from a dark cage on a market in the Indonesian seaport of Balikpapan.

Smits was so disturbed that he returned to the market that same evening, just in time to find the limp body of the orangutan lying on a rubbish heap where the trader had dumped it. It was the start of a lifelong mission to save one of the world’s last surviving great apes from extinction and to preserve its rainforest habitat that is rapidly being destroyed in Borneo.

“Time is running out. We have less than two years to save the last 40,000 wild orangutans from extinction,” Smits said during an interview in the German port city of Hamburg, pointing that there were once more than three million of the apes.

INFORMATION:
+ Samboja Lodge
+ Create Rainforest

HEADLINES:
[26.10.07] Borneo Orangutan Survival UK (BOS)
[26.10.07] Digital Journal

Primate Behaviour and Conservation Field Course in Costa Rica

The State University of New York and East Stroudsburg University are running Primate Behaviour and Conservation Field Courses in their research centre in North-East Costa Rica. The course is aimed at undergraduates or early level graduates who have little or no experience in the field, and 3 separate courses are being run over Winter and Summer.

The field station is set over 1000 hectares of lush rainforest, and the wildlife you will see and study includes white-faced capuchins, mantled howling monkeys, black-handed spider monkeys, tapir, jaguar, collared peccary, keel-billed toucans, great green macaws, brown caimans just to name a few. During your time there you will learn field techniques that can be used in tropical research in areas of ecology, behaviour and conservation.

To find out more about this amazing opportunity, please contact Kimberely Dingess on kdingess@danta.info, or read more at Primate-Jobs.