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
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
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
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