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Chris Shaw would like to take this opportunity to deny that he was the author of two articles that were reviewed in the last issue of Primate Nooz, “Nose-picking in the Pongidae” and “Burrowing Behavior of Wild Bluetail Monkeys.”  He did not write these articles, and he wants people to stop asking him for copies.


Fyodor Butynski  (1985).  How We Handle Monkey Problem in Soviet Union.  USSR Academy of Primatology, Minsk.  112 pages. *****

Christopher Shaw (1987).  “Correlating Coevolutionary Mutualism and Phenological Asynchrony in Six Sympatric Homozygous Conspecifics of the Rancholabrean Time Period Can Be A Tricky Business.” Reader's Digest,  878:120-122.  **

      Weather Eye


Makokou, Gabon
Kualakurun, East Borneo
Kibale, Uganda
Santa Rubia Id., Gorgonzola
Kuala Lompot, Malaysia
Nosy Varinda, Madagascar
Urubupunga, Brazil
Atapao, Bali-Bali
Quiriquiri, Venezuela
Ipululu, Tanzania
Ubsk, Russia

   93° F


Makokou.  Rain with frequent periods of hot sun and high humidity.
Kualakurun.  Sunny and hot with heavy rains later.
Kibale.  Extremely humid all day, interspersed with periods of hot sun and heavy rain.
Santa Rubia Island.  Raining hard, hot later.
Kuala Lompot.  Sunny and humid with occasional showers during the day.
Nosy Varinda.  Hot in the morning, downpours at noon, then hot and humid.
Urubupunga.  Hot and getting hotter.  No rain in sight.
Atapao. Very hot, raining later.
Quiriquiri.  Sun out all day except for periods of heavy rain between 2 and 4pm.
Ipululu.  Hot rain all day, cooler rain tonight.
Ubsk.  Snowing.

3000 YEAR OLD GORILLA, Cont. from p. 2.

      No one knows for sure when the ape arrived at the zoo, but it was definitely more than 200 months ago. “This is very unusual,” opined Director Win Wing Wan. “The oldest gorilla we ever had before died at about 54.”  Primates are relatively long-lived mammals and there have been reports of certain species reaching the century mark, such as the giant mouse lemur kept as a pet by Queen Victoria, but never this age.
       Now that the information has been made public, attendence has really picked up at the zoo, and there are visitors there on most sunny days.


YEAR IN REVIEW Cont. from p. 3.

unpleasant while it lasted, but it was over by Labor Day. In September, thirteen South American habitats were completely destroyed, and all the primates there, primarily GRAY PALADINS, WHITE-CHEEKED MUSCATELS and BLUE-BLOODED TAMARINS, were given the choice of relocating to a zoo or being bulldozed.  Not surprisingly, many of them picked captivity.
      The rainy season came early this year, and really made attendance at the Great Apes and Lesser Primates Dinner in October a very difficult matter.  Since the distance from the Holiday Inn Cleveland to where many primates live is very much farther than most primates' ranges, we expected there to be a low turnout, but we didn't see any RUBY-THROATED MACAROONS or SCREAMING MIMIS (which was just as well, actually), and the CROESUS MONKEYS and the WESTERN HAIRY-EARED FAT-TAILED DWARF BROWN WOOLY LEMURS were absent too. We were particularly disappointed by the failure to show up of that perenially odd trio, the LORIS, the SLOW LORIS, and the REALLY SLOW LORIS, who were to have received a special award, but considering when the invitations were sent out, we should perhaps not have expected the latter two.
      The world's last pair of ELEPHANT MARMOSETS drowned in a Kenyan flash flood in November, and we want to pause for a moment in our busy schedule to take time to put away our other things and remember not to forget those game and hardy little critters.  It seems to happen every year, but just when we were thinking that we had avoided it in 1987, it occurred again when a nasty skirmish broke out between two sympatric Bornean primates, Nasalis larvatus giganticus, the LARGE-NOSED PROBOSCIS, and Macaca nasalis porcinea, the PIG-NOSED MACAQUE, over just whose noses are the ugliest.  Come on you guys, every year it's the same old thing.  Cut it out!
      In summary, the editors of Primate Nooz can only state once again that our situation is tenuous and getting worse, and that in all likelihood there will not be too many more editions of “The Year in Review” for our readers to enjoy.  So, from all of us here to all of you out there, we say “Happy Foraging in 1988.”


Single, male, whitefaced gibbon, loves ripe fruit, brachiating, and duetting at sunrise and sunset, seeks attractive, vigorous young female for long-term monogamous, dull-as-dishwater relationship. Write soon, cycle ends in two weeks.  H14

Adult male galago, handsome, romantic and proven fertile, has own territory, would like to share with you.  Send photo when applying. D2

Estrous female pigra howler, intermembral index 99, anxious for mates, pigra or palliata, one or more, you know how we get. Interest in leaf-eating and unripe fruit a must. P8

Recently-deposed former alpha male giant pygmy chimpanzee would be happy to entertain any and all attentions of a female who is not embarrassed by my ignominious drop in rank and banishment from my group.  L12

Molly, I am going to go to the lunar colony soon. Things are no good here for me anymore.  I have been promised an unlimited supply of fruit, and they say the testing is not that invasive.  Will you come too?  Bubbles. S4

Produced as a public service by those friendly folks down at the Ralph A. Bennett Teasdale Corp., with funding provided by Georgia Pacific  Gabon, the Matsushita Chopstick Company,  the Harvard University Primate Medical Lab, Big Al's Pharmaceuticals, Cheesequake Shopalot, the Bluetail Foundation, Thunder  River Timber Ltd., and Natural Geographic.

©   M. Charters, 1988, Sierra Madre, Ca.
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