• A harpy eagle attacks death harvests the weak monkey

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    February 29, 2016 /  Primates

    At the end of the afternoon I was coming back from the forest with my field assistant, when we heard a noise some 500 metres away from us. We hurried towards it and followed the loud alarm calls. When I was some 20 metres away from it I saw a group of white-bellied spider monkeys (Ateles belzebuth) vocalising agitatedly and close by was another group of red howler monkeys (Alouatta seniculus), also vocalising loudly. I thought that they must be engaged in an agonistic meeting, possibly competing for some food source or other, but, to my utter surprise, I saw, just above them in an emergent tree, a majestic harpy eagle (Harpia Harpyja) holding an old female howler monkey in its claws that it had just attacked.

    The howler was still debating occasionally, but was mostly hanging from the tree trunk. The harpy eagle had one foot on its chest and the other supporting itself in the tree. As soon as the harpy eagle saw us, it tried to fly away with the big howler in its claws, but instead, it released the monkey from its grip.

    I then collected the howler, which was still alive, but she died on the way back to the field base. As soon as it died, hundreds of nematode worms came out of its body through the natural cavities (mouth, ears, rectum and vagina) and also through the wounds the harpy eagle had inflicted on it. It was also infested by hundreds of fly eggs and larvae (dipterans, or flies), which had spread all over its fur. Interestingly though, the dipterans eggs were carefully laid halfway along each strand of fur, almost in a calculated synchrony.

    This apparent health condition, together with the fact that her teeth were heavily worn out and decayed, only one third intact and blackened with age, with three missing and one broken, makes me assume that this older female may well have been sick, weak and consequently more susceptible to attack.

    Considering that assemblages of up to three primate species are fairly common in the study area, as are polyspecific choruses, including for instance, spider monkeys, howler monkeys, and squirrel monkeys (Saimiri sciureus), we think that it makes a lot of sense that harpy eagle predation may be more directed towards senile debilitated individuals. All the others would be well aware of predators even before they could see them. More individuals, and more individuals of different species, with different abilities to evade predators, may jeopardize the efforts of the predator to trap them. Adult howlers, specifically, however, may pose a transport problem to harpy eagles because of their large body size.

    To know more about the subject, about animal protection and respect, and also about the life of a scientist in the jungle, his discoveries, challenges and even life threats, read: AMAZONIA AND OTHER FORESTS OF BRAZIL, by Janus Publishing, London, found from www.amazon.com.

  • Beautiful Ways for Remembering Your Pet

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    February 29, 2016 /  Pets and Animal

    Do you, or have you ever had a pet that you have loved as much as family? I remember when I was younger we always had pets. One of the hardest things that I ever had to endure was when one of them had passed away. For our family, we did not have any type of big ceremony when they passed away; we typically buried the animal in our backyard with a homemade cross. This was our way of honoring our pet and it was a means for us to remember them. I remember once, my grandmother had a dog that she loved a great deal. When he passed away, she had him cremated and then buried in a special cemetery for pets.

    Special Pet Jewelry and Urns

    In recent years, I have discovered that there are other, special ways for people to honor their pets. In today’s society, there are a long line of pet urns and jewelry that are on the market. These have been specially created for the storage of the remains of beloved pets that have passed away. The great thing about many of these different urns is that they come available in a broad range of sizes, shapes, and designs. These urns come with accented paw prints or in simple and elegant designs. One of the great things about these urns is that some of them come in shapes, such as hearts, that will make the placement of them on a shelf or a mantle appears as nothing more than just another tchotchke. Other pieces, with more elaborate designs, are very symbolic of the dog or cat that has passed away.

    If you are like my family and me and love your pets, when the time comes for them to pass away it can be a very difficult situation to deal with for your family. You are stuck with the grief of losing a pet that was more like a family member. Depending on your family, and how you want to remember your pets, there are a number of different things that you can do. You can do as my family and I did, and bury your pets in the backyard, or have them entombed at a pet cemetery. If you would rather have a more physical reminder of your pet, then you can look into purchasing a pet urn. There is also the option to get memorial jewelry for your pet, or get pet scattering urns so you can scatter the ashes of your beloved pet in a location that you loved to take them.

  • Enjoy Nature in its Full Swing in Jim Corbett National Park

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    February 28, 2016 /  Zoo and Park

    Corbett National Park is all the rage among adventure lovers in India and abroad. One of the flocked destination, the park offers a wide variety of adventure sports along with animal safaris who love adventrous activities. The park is awash with many different vairety of wild animals that reside in their natual habitat. For visitors, it is a rendezevious of nature and wilderness. The National park has in its womb the natural lush green trees and several types of wild animals, birds and reptiles activities such as bird-watching, nature walks, mountain climbing, elephant or jeep safaris, hiking and many more.

    Excitement, exhilaration, anticipation, trepidation and palpitation are a few of the emotions that a visitor to this park will experience when he/she lands here. It is a mesmerizing world of flora and fauna, teeming with an awe-struck bio-diversity. Thanks to its wildlife population, the park is highly appreciated worldwide and is amazingly beautiful as wel as incomparable, as compared to sanctury parks spread in the world. Just a few steps ahead of life’s daily hustle bustle will lead you to the world of wilderness. The world famous reserve is given specail attention by the naturalists and wild enthusiasts.

    The Jim Corbett National Park features wild life attractions such as nilgai, chital, hedgehog, sambar, wild boar, gharial, flying fox, king cobra, Indian Pangolin and many other beautifully dangerous creatures that you can hardly expect in Nature. The park is also an ideal place for those who want to get away from busy life of cities and remain on the lookout for natural serenity and tranquility. Moreover, you can enjoy the scenery of ridged valley lying along Ramganga River. The flowing river brings to you its many different aspects.

    There are also many charming Sheesham trees, sal trees, pastureland with tall grasses. You can also enjoy the viewing of 50 different varieties of mammals, more than 500 birds’species and as a minimal 25 types of reptiles. There are also cloistered junble cats & fishing cats, Royal Bengal Tigers, leopards, Himalayan bear & Himalayan civets, the sloth bear, grey mongoose, jackals, otters, elephants, porcupines, and various other types of deer. The river awashes with Mahaseer, gharials, muggers and cormorants. Most of the birds that you will find flying and sitting in the park migrate from the nock and corner of world. They all get acquainted with the local darters, cormorants, herons and lapwings. The nature and wild lovers can visit this park from February to May. From 15 June to 15 November, it remains close.

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  • Love Compatibility Among the Chinese Animal Signs – Year of the Monkey

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    February 28, 2016 /  Primates

    According to the Chinese Astrologists, the characteristics of an individual can be determined from the year, month, time and place of birth. The reality of such prediction is about 60% accurate since one can change ones character and attitude either for better or worse as the years go by. The environment and our determination can also affect those characteristics.

    Sincere, kind and truthful attitudes are valuable for establishing good friendships whereas arrogance and flattering approaches are to be discouraged.

    The following information could help you to know about your relationship as well as compatibility with other signs. More importantly, one should always realize personal shortfalls and learn from the positive attitudes of others.

    COMPATIBILITY TABLE FOR THE MONKEY

    A Monkey person is born in the following years: 1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016 and 2028

    The Monkey is the sign of the inventor, the improviser and the motivator in the Chinese zodiac; a charlatan capable of drawing everyone to him with his inimitable guile and charm. Being the quick-witted genius of the cycle, he is clever, flexible and innovative. A person born in this sign will be successful at whatever he chooses to do. No challenge will be too great for him.

    RAT – Very compatible together. Highly successful union. Have deep and strong affinity for one another. Will find love and contentment.

    OX – Have mutual reservations about each other. No deep or lasting ties. Communication barriers. Moderately good relations at best.

    TIGER – Strong clashes and rivalry. Will not comprehend each other. Mutually suspicious. No areas of common interests. Highly incompatible.

    RABBIT – Some petty differences and rivalry. Cannot achieve complete understanding of each other. Will tolerate each other moderately.

    DRAGON – One of the best unions. Mutual love and understanding of each other. Very strong affinity in love and business relations. Prosperous and successful team.

    SNAKE – No special degree of attraction. May have communication problems. The presence of mutual suspicions and inability to make concessions affect both sides.

    HORSE – Acceptable and congenial union to a favourable extent. Will have practical need for each other only. No struggles for dominance.

    SHEEP – Will not have strong need or understanding for one another. Cordial to relatively cool relations in marriage and business.

    MONKEY – Could work together successfully as a team. Have areas of similar interest. Favourable to good relations in love and business. No strong rivalry.

    ROOSTER – Will be able to communicate to a certain degree only. Will tolerate each other if mutual cooperation is required. Cool ties.

    DOG – Mutual respect and friendly feelings for one another. Will cooperate to a good extent. No underlying animosities.

    BOAR – Share common areas of interest. No difficulties in relating to each other. Fairly good relations in love and business. No large clashes.

  • The Pet Shop Boys Score Exciting Ballet Musical

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    February 25, 2016 /  Pet Care and Pet Shop

    Ballet has been performed for hundreds of years, from the 15th century Italian courts to modern day Africa (the Cape Town City Ballet for example), producing many famous figures including Vaslav Nijinsky and the great impresario Serge Diaghilev. Ballet may give the impression of an art form that survives on tradition, but this is not necessarily true. Serge Diaghilev collaborated with contemporaries like Pablo Picasso and Chanel as did Tchaikovsky when working on Swan Lake, such collaborations aim to treat the audience to a great story and music on stage.

    More recently, the electronic pop duo Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe from ‘The Pet Shop Boys’ (famous for tracks ‘West End Girls’ and ‘Go West’) have worked with Sadler’s Wells Theatre and the award-winning choreographer and director Javier De Frutos to help produce a contemporary ballet. The ballet, titled ‘The Most Incredible Thing’, is based on a Hans Christian Andersen story, originally published in 1870, tells the story of a king who starts a competition to find the most incredible thing.

    The Pet Shop Boys liked the story because it was a fascinating drama and had all the ingredients for a great ballet in the Tchaikovsky mould. The idea took off when they were asked to write a score by The Royal Ballet principal Ivan Putrov, who then introduced them to Sadlers Wells. The result is a track list of 21 pieces of music, that has been divided into three acts in the tradition of classical ballet, featuring 15 dancers and a 26-piece orchestra.

    It is the Pet Shop Boys first foray into ballet, although they had previously written a soundtracks for films created scores for West End musicals. The group feel that writing music for the ballet stage is an positive development, having created elaborate and theatrical music tours of their own. Director Javier De Frutos feels that working on a Hans Christian Andersen story with music by Pet Shop Boys is an irresistible cocktail, although neither of the duo will be donning on in the actual play, it is in keeping with the ballet’s mix of the classical meeting the new. The Most Incredible Thing will be on show at Sadler’s Wells between 17 – 26 March.

  • Monkey Shower Curtain For A Cool Jungle Themed Bathroom

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    February 23, 2016 /  Primates

    Whether creating a themed bathroom for the kids or you if young at heart and enjoyable loving then you can’t go wrong with cute monkeys and all their safari pals. There is a massive range of shower curtains available featuring monkeys. There are sophisticated designs with embroidered monkeys and bananas, too as cute cartoon monkeys swinging amongst the vines. 1 of my favourites could be the peek-a-boo monkey shower curtain with a clear viewing panel (maybe for those who really feel a small claustrophobic within the shower). Some designs are very simple with just printed monkey faces, team this having a matching floor rug and you might have an instant monkey bathroom.

    The safari range I came across is particularly cute as they have a giraffe lotion pump, monkey soap dish, and an elephant for a toothbrush holder and a lion tumbler. You’ll be able to get monkey shower curtain hooks which will brighten up a plain curtain you already have or add the finishing touch to a brand new curtain. When you wish to replace your toilet brush and holder even which is accessible having a monkey design. Wastebaskets come in many different supplies (wood and resin) and are monkey or jungle themed too. Bathroom accessories tend to be either plastic or resin and could be decorated or relief. I especially like the relief resin figures as they add a cute 3D effect to the bathroom genuinely bringing the jungle alive! An excellent helpful addition to your monkey bathroom could be a set of cute embroidered towels which come in either white or bright colours to complement your design. To save time trying to locate co-ordinating accessories purchase from a full range provided by one manufacturer including the safari or the monkey business range and all the difficult work is carried out for you personally.

    If you look further afield than the bathroom department when shopping you will uncover monkey and jungle animal curtain tie backs to improve your bathroom theme. Also a wonderful range of art to decorate the walls, such as decals which come in a variety of designs and most are removable. Check using the manufacturer first that they’re suitable for wet areas like bathrooms. Please do not neglect your toilet when generating over the bathroom – a padded toilet seat cover will add the perfect touch or have you seen the now excellent range of removable toilet seat tattoos available in round and elongated to suit most toilet seats. Start with your option of favourite monkey shower curtain and let inspiration, imagination and creativity take you from there.

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  • Help your pet through animal healing therapies

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    February 23, 2016 /  Pets and Animal

    Understanding various things you can do in animal healing

    Healing animals when they go through bad times is one of the noblest services we can offer to our best companions. These days, people who are willing to do something for animals, join various animal healing courses to get professional training in animal healing. There are several animal healing centres where our pets can get easily treated for their internal pains which we are unable to understand. Animal healing has gained a wide exposure all over the world. Although animals cannot speak as human beings do to tell about their pains but they can express everything very well. Being in a family pets are able to create such a bonding that they become a family member only. We cannot see them in pain. For this purpose animal healing courses have been introduced. This article deals with putting forth some of the various activities you can do for animal healing so as to help in healing animals around you and at your home.

    Starting with meaning of animal healing, it is a widespread therapy that works on a principle similar to that used in healing of human beings. Actually animal bodies constitute of various energy frequencies. These energy frequencies flow on different rates. If your pet is doing all day activities with full energy, it implies that there is a balanced flow of energy. But an imbalanced flow of these energy frequencies create disturbance and cause health problems for the animal. This is where therapies of healing animals help. If an animal is brought for animal healing in time, it can be helped to get back to the earlier state of balanced flow of energy frequencies. There are various things a healer does to help your pet.

    As mentioned earlier, the main reason of mental illness of an animal is the imbalanced flow of energies within their bodies. Even you can also help your pet to bring them into balanced state. Just try to give emotional support to your pet. Patting is one such activity that can do wonders for animals. There are several other things that can be done for healing animals. Animal healing courses provide a comprehensive and practical training about these activities to make you perfect in animal healing. If you also want to do something worthwhile for your pet, join animal healing courses with Asentia College of animal healing, UK. We work as a professional training centre to facilitate animal healing courses like Dog Behaviour training, and animal haling diploma. We also provide a comprehensive animal healing consultation at our animal healing clinic near Horsham. For further information, please visit:

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    Asentia College of animal healing provides an opportunity to become qualified in healing animals through offering various animal healing courses for you. We also have an animal healing clinic at Horsham, UK, to provide a comprehensive animal healing consultation and therapies for healing animals.

  • Top reasons given for NOT owning a Pet ID tag

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    February 22, 2016 /  Pets and Animal

    There are many reasons pet parents give to not owning or purchasing a pet identification tag, but also there are reasons to own a pet ID tag because of its proven track record of tracking down your pet in minutes, not days or weeks and even months too! Here are the most common reasons owners give to not purchasing a pet ID tag.

    It’s an indoor pet. (But what happens when your pet escapes out the open door that is left open accidentally and runs away).

    Haven’t gotten around to it.

    Question: Would owners use ID tags if SmartTag made it incredibly easy, providing free ID tags on the spot. The answer: Yes. Most took the offering and, in follow-up calls weeks later, the vast majority said their pets were wearing them.

    Saving lives is what SmartTag is all about because pet owners can save a whole lot of lives if they could be persuaded to do what they already acknowledge is important put ID tags on their pets. And even the ASPCA is seeking funding sources to try to make that happen. Will the people who get freebies bother to go get another tag when phone number or address changes? Yes, if it’s carried out correctly. For example, SmartTag has already tested this out already. Pet parents wouldn’t have to worry about purchasing a new ID tag, because as part of SmartTag’s mission they already offer FREE lifetime replacement tags. Anytime the tag is lost or damaged you can contact us directly so we can send you the free replacement tag. Your unique ID tag number will be stored in your idtag.com account, just log in using your email and password.

    Every SmartTag package has an additional plastic tag, for your key ring with the same unique serial number. Since your SmartTag number is not legible please place the plastic tag, for now, on your pets collar in case of an emergency. Contact us at and we will ship a free replacement SmartTag out today.

    Moreover, ID tags that anyone can see and respond to carry more than the predictable benefit. Research shows that when people see a roaming animal wearing a collar and an ID tag, they’re likely to step in and try to help. They instantly know it’s someone’s pet, not a feral. And they know they’re not committing to keeping the animal forever, they’re merely making a simple phone call. And when people intervene, that’s less time the animal is wandering, at risk of being injured or killed by a vehicle, or attacked, or landing in a shelter where, often, it will be euthanized in 72 hours.

    It’s simple insurance. And cheap, but most importantly, it comes from a reliable source called SmartTag, with a proven track record of saving pets one day at a time, where every second counts. Visit our blog at and see what everyone is talking about!

  • Is It Better To Go To Animal Kingdom Or Busch Gardens On Holiday

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    February 20, 2016 /  Pets and Animal

    If you have never been to Disney World, or haven’t been for 20 years, then go ahead and spend a day or two at Animal Kingdom. Check the schedule for the shows — bird show, etc – as these are as good as or better then the “rides”. You will either be staying in the Animal Kingdom Lodge ($200+ per night & up) or you don’t mind paying for a full day of Disney, but this means you’ll leave after a few hours when the babies get tired and cranky. That is the ONLY reason I’d urge you to choose Disney: if you have been to Disney before, or will be able to bring your children to Florida again when they are older (like 8 & 10), then let Disney wait.

    Busch Gardens will be less exhausting for younger children and will save you tons of money as well. Not only is BG admission cheaper, but prices for food and gift items are wonderfully lower than at WDW. There are hotels in easy walking distance to the park (there are auxillary pedestrian entrances as well as the main entrance), but some of these hotels are surely not the Marriot… however the prices are very reasonalbe and the convenience can’t be beat.

    The park itself is a lot like a large modern zoo, the kind where animals have big islands to roam on instead of being confined to little cages. Of course, there are roller coasters and other rides among these exhibits. There is a ‘kiddie land’ with nothing but rides for the very young, but there are also carosels, bumper cars, sky rides, and so on scattered throughout the park. Just as at Disney, get a schedule of shows, especially the animal shows.

    So, BG is a better choice for the children, who are really too young to appreciate Disney OR to handle a full day of “The Disney Experience”.

    Exception: if for the adults this is a rare opportunity to do WDW, go for it; there is nothing else like it, and you should do it once in your lifetime. Another exception: if you have the money to stay WDW hotel right next to the park (so everybody can nap), or if don’t mind leaving Disney after a few hours, give your kids the treat.

    If you are one adult and two small children, you are going to have problems getting the group onto some rides. Think about it. Two to a seat. Are you going to let them go by themselves? Some rides don’t allow children that young to ride by themselves. You can’t go with them one at a time; who will watch the waiting child? So you might want another adult, even if you have to hire a guide or nanny for the day. This applies to BG and WDW both.

  • Yellowstone national Park- Flagship of National Park Services

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    February 19, 2016 /  Zoo and Park

    Yellowstone national park is the first national park of the United States and is commonly referred to as the flagship of the national park service. With giant moose, black bears, deer, elk, wolves, bighorn sheep, bison and shaggy grizzlies this park has turned out to be a major tourist attraction. Read on for further Yellowstone national park information-

    The serves as a home to the multiple geysers, waterfalls, rivers and lakes. With over a thousand miles of streams and lakes, this place includes some of the fabulous creations of Mother Nature. The park allures as many as thirty thousand visitors every year. If you are an adventurous person, then you’ll love exploring the trails as well as the day hikes. As many as seven varieties of game fish live in Yellowstone national park together with mountain whitefish and grayling.

    There are about eight visitor centers uniformly scattered around the park. Amongst these, the Albright in Mammoth is the only center that remains open round the year. Similar to this, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is one of the real blockbuster sights of the park and Old faithful is the most iconic geyser in the Yellowstone national park.

    Now, if you want to travel to Yellowstone national park, then you need to look for hotels in Yellowstone national park as well. This is because you cannot cover the entire area within one day; hence, planning a stay is of utmost importance. A variety of accommodations are available from where you can make the needed selection. Yellowstone national park lodging is seasonal; hence reservations should be made well in advance. Lodging accommodations vary from luxury suites to rustic cabins. Some of the accommodation option from where you can make a selection include-

    1. Old Faithful Lodge Cabins2. Old Faithful Inn3. Lake Yellowstone Hotel and Cabins4. Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins 5. Grant Village 6. Lake Lodge Cabins 7. Roosevelt Lodge Cabins 8. Canyon Lodge & Cabins9. Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins

    So make sure to plan for a Yellowstone national park tour soon and get an opportunity to watch the marvelous interplay between hydrothermal, volcanic, as well as glacial processes.