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March 27, 2005 | Maggie Barnett, Times Staff Writer
PANAMA CRUISE Gatun Lake in the Panama Canal in a jungle boat and visit a primate reserve on an eco-tour of Panama. The 10-day tours, scheduled to begin April 22, July 1, Aug. 12, Oct. 21 and Dec. 9, include bird-watching in the Chiriqui cloud forests of La Amistad International Park. "Panama is a beautiful country with lots of tropical nature," said Paul Abravaya, the director of Tropical Eco-Tours, Thousand Oaks.
March 22, 2005 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
Ollie and Buddy, the chimpanzees shot dead earlier this month after they viciously attacked a couple at a Kern County animal sanctuary, had been retired from show business after having spent their early years working for one of Hollywood's top animal trainers. Their background underscores how tough a business Hollywood can be for chimps these days and how hard it is to find a place for them to live once their performing days are over.
March 5, 2005 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
Although wild chimpanzees are very aggressive animals, attacks such as the one that severely injured St. James Davis on Thursday are very rare, experts said Friday. "There are so few [attacks] that when they do happen, they are on CNN," said Carole Noon of the Center for Captive Chimpanzee Care in Florida. Generally, when a chimp escapes its cage, it runs away or goes in search of food or other items.
March 5, 2005 | David Pierson and Mitchell Landsberg, Times Staff Writers
HAVILAH, Calif. -- St. James and LaDonna Davis raised Moe the chimpanzee as their son. That was the word they used to describe him, and that was how they treated him -- like a hairy, rambunctious child who was a pampered member of the family. They taught him to wear clothes, to take showers, to use the toilet and to watch TV in their West Covina home. They had their picture taken in bed with him.
December 5, 2004 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
Now that their work in eradicating polio is nearly over, the green monkeys of Barbados face a life behind bars. More than 2,000 of the small monkeys idle in 3-foot-high cages at the Barbados Primate Research Center, stacked row upon row at a vast maintenance yard, conjuring the image of a primate cellblock.
October 20, 2004 | Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writer
In a sign of how difficult it may be to avoid a church schism over Anglicans' treatment of homosexuality, a high-ranking African archbishop Tuesday angrily accused liberals of "subverting the faith" and assailed a report that called for reconciliation. The strong response from Archbishop Peter Akinola, Anglican primate of Nigeria, signaled a rough road ahead as the archbishop of Canterbury and other leaders of the 77-million-member Anglican Communion seek adoption of the report on the U.S.
October 5, 2004
Regarding "Tame Is Lame" [Sept. 28], about TV programmers' bias toward big brutes in wildlife films: As a supporter of the reintroduction of large predators to their former ranges, I found the attitudes expressed by Mr. Fairclough repugnant. All they do is cement in the public's consciousness the idea that big predators have no place in the modern world. "Shark attacks," "bear attacks," "tiger attacks" -- one would think all these magnificent animals have on their minds is to harm any human who happens by. Michael S. Fields Columbus, Ohio
June 5, 2004 | Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writer
Conservative Episcopalians called on the world's leading Anglican archbishops Friday to recognize their emerging network as a separate church within the worldwide Anglican Communion unless the Episcopal Church reverses its liberal views on homosexuality. Conservatives associated with the newly developing Anglican Communion Network had been careful not to imply that they wanted the group to be recognized as a legitimate national church separate from the 2.3-million member Episcopal Church.
December 7, 2003 | Malcolm Ritter, Associated Press Writer
Wanna clone a cow? A Massachusetts company guarantees a healthy calf for $19,000 -- and two for $34,000. Wanna clone a cat? A California-based company says it's gearing up to offer that service soon, maybe next year. Wanna clone a cute monkey? Good luck. Almost seven years after the birth of Dolly the sheep shocked scientists and the public, cloning has shown mixed progress. Scientists have achieved it in more than a dozen mammal species, including mice, rabbits, goats, pigs and horses.
November 30, 2003 | Lara Weber, Chicago Tribune
You wake up fast when there's a 400-pound gorilla standing outside your tent. "Ruth!" I called over in something of a whisper-yell to the woman in the tent next to mine. "Ruth! Wake up! There's a gorilla out here!" The male silverback mountain gorilla was only about 20 feet away. I inched my way out into the cool mist of the morning. The stench of the animals cut through the crisp air. The silverback noticed me, looked right at me but kept to his breakfast of leaves.
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