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Happy World Orangutan Day!

Happy World Orangutan Day, everybody, the first of its kind.  This new holiday is set to create awareness and drum up support for the conservation of the endangered orange ape, and to recognize the most iconic victim of the palm oil industry.

From 1992-2000, the population of the Sumatran orangutan declined by more than 50% and only an estimated 7,000 animals are left in the wild. Its relative, the Bornean orangutan population fell nearly 43 % in the past decade and estimates place their population at about 45,000 animals. Since the last population estimates were done, deforestation rates have continued to climb.

If you want to show some Facebook support, here’s the link to the World Orangutan Day! event.  If you wish to make a donation, you can at the official web site on  August 19th to let the people working in orangutan rescues know we truly appreciate what they are doing!

Happy Monk(Ape)day :_)

Badger Archeologists

Archaeologists in Germany have turned to badgers, who are particularly great at digging, to help unearth potential locations of burial sites, and, it worked.


A badger in the countryside near the town of Stolpe recently uncovered a remarkable site: the 12th-century burial ground of eight people, two of whom were apparently Slavic warlords.

Two people had been watching a badger digging a large den, and upon closer examination, they noticed a pelvic bone inside of it.

“We pushed a camera into the badger’s [den] and took photos by remote control,” Hendrikje Ring, one of the badger-watchers, said, ”we found pieces of jewelry, retrieved them and contacted the authorities.”







One warlord was buried with a two-edged sword and a large bronze bowl at his feet.  At the time, such bowls were used to wash the hands before eating,” archaeologist Felix Biermann of Georg-August University in Gttingen said.  ”The bowls would be a sign that a man belonged to the upper classes.”

The same warrior also wore an elegant bronze belt buckle in the shape of an omega, with the head of a stylized snake at each end.

“He was a well-equipped warrior,” said Biermann, who is leading the team excavating the site. “Scars and bone breaks show that he had been hit by lances and swords, and had also fallen from a horse.”

Another grave held the skeleton of a woman with a coin in her mouth. According to ancient religious beliefs, people were often buried with coins to pay a ferryman to transport them across the river that separated the living world from the realm of the dead.

The archaeological finding in Germany is significant because it occurred at a place and time of conflict between heathen Slavic tribes and Christians, said Thomas Kersting, an archaeologist at the Brandenburg Department for Monument Protection.

One of the warriors’ graves appears to have been robbed of its sword, Kersting explained. “If someone went to this grave and opened it in full view of the local castle and took out the sword, that’s a sign that something’s not working anymore,” Kersting told Der Spiegel. “It highlights the time of upheaval when the rule of the Slavic tribes was coming to an end.”

Rare Chinese Monkey Has a Rising Population

In a rare story that has come out China recently, the black snub-nosed monkey that inhabits the Yunan Province of Southwest China, has seen a significant healthy increase in their population numbers.  The Chinese and French biologists that have studying this primate community attribute the curbing of deforestation and the limit on the amount of tourists who visit the area.


Happy Monkday :_)