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Tuesday, March 31, 2009
If these fangs find you, the initial symptoms are intense pain and blistering around the bite. Your tongue and eyelids swell, you go into convulsions, you may defecate or urinate uncontrollably before you lose consciousness. You start to haemorrhage in your lungs, intestine, and urinary tract. Eventually, the venom erodes the muscles around the heart and you die of a heart attack.
Can you believe it?? brian says he's sad because he likes snakes but personally i'm glad it's dead. don't want to mess around with even the chance it would find me, or the bonobos!
Monday, March 30, 2009
And a very BIG thank you to Jason Comeaux, who donated $400.
Thanks to our Wildlife direct donors:
No one died today, (thank god) but Lukuru has a snotty nose. which is the first sign of it. Please please pleeeeeese don't let it spread through the nursery!
Friday, March 27, 2009
then i got this message which really cheered me up ...
I don't know if you remember me,Marie? I am the 11-years-old girl who sponsor Masisi. Yesterday, I looked the news of Lola ya Bonobo on the Web site, and I read that Masisi was very healthy. I was so happy to learn those great news! Last month, at school, we had to prepare an oral presentation on a foundation or an organisme that we love. I did it on Lola ya Bonobo and I showed some pictures of Masisi to my friends.They fell in love with her. Every day, they ask me "How is Masisi? Is she growing up?"
I just wanted to have some news. If you want to answer me, please send your e-mail to boyoma1 at hotmail.com.
Thank you to take care of the cute little Masisi. Transmit her my greetings (can we say this in english?!),
Thursday, March 26, 2009
So all in all we're up to $1135!!
Aiming for $20,000 by the end of july, so we're 1/20th of the way there!
If you haven't already, don't forget to donate to the bonboo release - www.friendsofbonobos.org/support.htm
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Paw-Talk is a forum and blog for pet enthusiasts and animal lovers interested in discussing the latest news, events, issues, tips, and personal experiences about their pets and animals. I think it's awesome they're branching out to educated people about endangered species, starting with bonobos!
Monday, March 23, 2009
it's important for the bonobos at lola to have babies, because we are hoping that mothers with infants will provide the focal groups for the bonobos who are being released. in the wild, the group centres around mother and infant pairs, so we hope this will encourage the group to stick together. Also, if the bonobos are going to be wild, they need to know how to raise babies, and now semendwa has had excellent practise!!
we've just got in all our donations from wildlife direct, so we'll be thanking everyone shortly and giving you an update on our progress for fundrasing for the release.
if you haven't already, don't forget to donate: www.friendsofbonobos.org/support.htm
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Lomela was nowhere in sight but i did get a glimpse of the nose-picking monster - boyoma. although he struck me as kind of grown up. He shared food with baby moyi, he ate his papaya with minimum mess, and there was barely a booger in sight! i was almost sad ... maybe it was too hot.
all the babies have terrible colds, there's a lot of coughing going on, but everyone is ok, so far. i've been giving them vitamins every morning!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
ok, i know there are lots of anxious mamas out there for Lomela. she is in with the big group now!!! the only problem is there is a known dirt thrower - keza a big male who every time i pull out my camera slings a fistful of mud ... but i'm going to do it, i know you're all counting on seeing what a big, beautiful bonobo she is now!
don't forget to donate to the release project! www.friendsofbonobos.support.htm, and there's now a widget thanks to S at wildlife direct!!!!!!!
Monday, March 16, 2009
This is her last year ...
... and now look at her with mama henriette! she is big - she has so much hair!!! and all her parents should know she is the sweetest bonobo ever - like so totally adorably sweet. she just runs right up to you and wants you to tickle her - i've never seen such a brave bonobo who is so small! she's just a baby, probably only 2 years old. but she is just so happy. she laughs and plays all day with her buddy sandoa. i tried to take a picture of the two of them, but they are just a blur.
Lukuru with Mama Henriette
I have heaps of news on the release project - more on that later. don't forget to donate, we're after $20,000 for the 20,000 hectares.
Big Lukuru kisses!
Friday, March 6, 2009
James from Florida sponsored Kata for his friend Gina, our friend Vera from England donated $50, Sean from Canada donated $15, and J right up the road from me in North Carolina donated $30!
So we now have 365 acres for the release site - yay! only 19,635 to go! And I still havent been able to get in to my WildlifeDirect account, although Sheryl is working on it!! So there might even be more I don't know about!
So sign up if you haven't already, the bonobo release is a historic moment in bonobo conservation - the first time ever a release like this has happened. Tell you friends and family, buy them a little piece of forest for their birthday or ask them (like i do) to give you a little piece of Congo for yours!
Every little bit helps! go to www.friendsofbonbos.og/support.htm to get your original certificate!
Leaving for Congo in 1 hour - wish me luck peeps!!!xxVanessa.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tucked into a rural section of Louisiana, a few miles from Lafayette, an unexpected compound springs from the landscape. It is the nation's largest primate testing lab. The New Iberia Research Center, part of the University of Louisiana, houses more than 6,000 primates and one of the largest captive populations of chimpanzees in the world.
"Nightline" obtained the results of a nine-month undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States. A Humane Society investigator took a hidden camera inside the New Iberia Research Center for most of 2008. The video shows what the Society says is the way monkeys and great apes are treated behind closed doors.
The New Iberia Research Center is a public facility, and its research includes contract work for pharmaceutical companies and hepatitis studies. The lab receives millions in public funding but limited public scrutiny.
"Facilities are very secretive in general," said the investigator, who asked to remain anonymous because of the investigation. "It's hard to get a lot of good information out of what really goes on. You rarely see images other than what is kind of posted on the Web sites. Going undercover in a place is the only way you'll see what's the truth."
The Humane Society investigator told ABC News that chimpanzees, often perched several feet off the ground, are shot with sedation guns, with little regard for their safety. The video shows chimps crashing to the floor.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
We have $30 for the release project! Thanks to Lynn Makert and Carole Riley!! We're hoping to raise $20,000 between the US and France before the release on June 19, so let's not let those Frenchies show us up.
You'll receive a special certificate featuring an exclusive photo by Christine d'Hauthuille, French journalist and photographer, who just came back from the release site a few months ago. Christine describes it as a 'dream'.
Help us make the dream a reality! Donate to the release project! www.friendsofbonobos.org/support.htm
Monday, March 2, 2009
So we have a new mission , raising money for the release! If some of you don't know, Lola is planning the world's first bonobo release project. Every great ape except for bonobos has been released into the wild. It's crucial we have a method that works now while there are still some bonobos left and not wait until we have the last 60 bonobos at lola until we try and release them.
Claudine has asked me to send out a shout for help - we desperately need funds to make this happen - anything would be great!
Everything is ready. The bonobos have been through extensive health checks, Claudine has just been again to the site to see the local people - she finalised a contract with them and they've agreed to be bonobo guardians.
Please help us with this important project!
Sheryl is helping with a donation widget but in the meantime, just go to www.friendsofbonobos.org/support.htm and make a donation of any amount!! i'll let you know how we're going and give you updates on progress once i get there!
look at this amazing forest! Imagine when the bonobos see it for the first time!!!!
help Claudine help the bonobos!
Sunday, March 1, 2009
yay! i'm leaving for lola on friday so all you worried mamas out there will get updates!!! and pics. i'm still so jetlagged from australia, dunno if i told you i was there but now i've given up on trying to get on US time since i'm goign on friday anyway. i can't wait to give lomela a big hug! i can't wiat to see kata's pouty face! and i can't wait to see how big lukuru's grown.boyoma will be picking his nose like always...