The Little Rock Zoo

.The Little Rock Zoo needs to step up and care for the animals better! Please read the several artciles here with deaths, sickness and a bald chimp!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Chimpanzees in Guinea have figured out how to deactivate poachers snares

Wow this is a great discovery! I wish there were someway for people to teach the other Ape Species how to do this. This actually could be the way to solve a lot of problems with Apes being killed. um. If the caretakers of the overseas sanctuaries could demonstrate what these snares do by using say food, the Apes would be so afraid of them that perhaps they would avoid them. They could also teach them perhaps to throw something in one to activate it. The ones that have learned this could then in turn teach the others,  just as they have taught their young, generation after generation the plants to eat if they are sick and the plants not to eat at all. It could become a red flag for them. Give that project to me, I could teach them and would love the challenge.

Chimpanzees in Bossou, Guinea, have figured out how to deactivate poachers snares, two researchers from the Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University discovered. In a paper out today from Primates (which, unfortunately, you have to buy to read), Gaku Ohashi and Tetsuro Matsuzawa say they documented five chimps, from young to adult, disabling the snares.

The trick may explain why the chimps of Guinea don’t suffer as many snare injuries and deaths as chimps in other parts of Africa, the reasearchers says. Snares are a huge problem to chimps in East, Central and West Africa, where studies have shown 20-80% of chimps have deformities caused by snares set by bushmeat poachers. Bushmeat is called the biggest threat to biodiversity, so it’s great to hear the chimps are undermining it.

The chimps aren’t always successful (they only disabled one-third of the traps they messed with), but they know to avoid the steel ring that can hurt them. And, even more impressive, they seem to pass the knowledge on from generation to generation; one adult showed a youngster. Now if they could make some educational videos for the East Africa chimps.
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