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3 Endangered Monkeys Die at Chicago Zoo

Published: May 15, 2005

CHICAGO, May 14 (AP) – An endangered monkey is in quarantine while experts at the Lincoln Park Zoo try to determine what killed three others, the latest in a series of animal deaths at the zoo.

The United States Department of Agriculture is looking into whether the zoo violated the Animal Welfare Act, and the group that accredits American zoos is now reviewing all animal care practices there.

Officials at the zoo say the deaths of the monkeys this week may be linked to their recent move to a new exhibit that gave them access to the outdoors. Their deaths follow those of two elephants, two gorillas and a camel at the zoo since October, and the death of another elephant earlier this month as it was being transferred to Utah.

The surviving monkey, an 8-year-old female Francois langur, is under observation at the zoo hospital, said a zoo spokeswoman, Kelly McGrath.

The monkey showed no signs of illness Friday morning, Ms. McGrath said, but veterinarians were watching for the slightest change in its physical state or behavior.

The Agriculture Department’s investigation covers all the deaths, said an agency spokeswoman, Suzan Holl. She declined to discuss further details.

The American Zoo and Aquarium Association, the accrediting group, is overseeing an audit of the zoo’s policies and procedures. A group of experts will report their findings to the zoo’s board of directors, said a spokeswoman for the association, Jane Ballentine.

Monkeys Killing Bushmen

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Monkeys infect bushmeat hunters
Emma Marris
Cameroon survey suggests viruses often jump from primates to people.

The transfer of viruses from animals such as monkeys to human populations is a relatively common event, suggests a study of African hunters.

A survey of a group of 1,000 bushmeat hunters in Cameroon has turned up two viruses that the researchers suspect come from primates. The result should remind us to stay on guard against diseases that spread from one species to another, say the researchers.

“These are not rare historical events. This is an ongoing phenomenon,” says Nathan Wolfe, a field virologist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, who led the study.

HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is thought to have migrated from primates to humans. Ebola, an often fatal fever, is also thought to have entered the human population from primates in Africa. And last year, Wolfe and colleagues showed that a fairly innocuous bug called simian foamy virus had made the leap to hunters in Cameroon.

Now a survey of those same hunters has turned up two more viruses, the researchers report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences1. The viruses, called HTLV-3 and HTLV-4, are from a group known as the human T-lymphotropic viruses. Such viruses infect many millions worldwide, causing neurological disease in a small percentage of cases.

Wherever you go in the world, people hunt local animals.

Wolfe’s team chose to study hunters in southern Cameroon because they are known to hunt and eat many different types of primates, as well as keeping them as pets. The man whose blood turned up the mysterious HTLV-4, for example, is a 48-year-old who has hunted monkeys, chimpanzees and gorillas.

The researchers, including scientists from the Army Health Research Center in Yaounde, Cameroon, are continuing their survey of the population. They say they hope to catch viruses in the act of leaping species.

Wolfe is also working on creating a network of hunters to help collect data. He says the best way to stem the spread of disease is to educate these hunters, and to give them incentives to hunt or raise different types of animal.

He hopes his work will also help to educate others about how and why primates are hunted in the first place, given that the activity often incites feelings of disgust in the Western world. “This shouldn’t be portrayed as some dark and evil phenomenon that is happening in deepest Africa. Wherever you go in the world, people hunt local animals,” he says.


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Fashion is a facet of the expressive creativity of humans…it, like music, like painting, like literature, transcends what you see and expresses more than it should….

Twas brillig in the slithy dare….
Even Patricia Field…..

more than just words, plastic streamers, paint, or clothing….

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