A little dose of Ethical Animal Tourism in Negros

When you think of a conservationist haven, the last place you would think to look is in the urbanized city of Bacalod on the Visayan island of Negros. Yet, the Negros Forest and Ecological Foundation Incorporated (NFEFI) centre and its rare inhabitants live in the heart of the city. Why visit this tiny conservation centre?

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It’s NOT a Monkey: The Tarsier

One of the biggest pet peeves of a primatologist (a person who studies primates), let alone most biologists, is when people call primates ‘monkeys’. Primates are a highly diverse group that includes the Great Apes, Old World Monkeys, New World Monkeys, Prosimians and Humans [1]. Sometimes misbehaving humans are also referred to as monkeys, but is that accurate? Nope. Tarsiers

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It’s a Monkey: Philippine Long-tail Macaque

You are in for a treat when you visit the famous Underground Tunnel in Puerto Princessa, Palawan, Philippines. If you are lucky, you will spot the Philippine Long-tailed Macaque which is also known as the crab eating macaque (scientific name: Macaca fascicularis philippinensis). Long-tailed Macaques are generally less aggressive than their other macaque counterparts. But

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It's a Monkey: Philippine Long-tail Macaque

You are in for a treat when you visit the famous Underground Tunnel in Puerto Princessa, Palawan, Philippines. If you are lucky, you will spot the Philippine Long-tailed Macaque which is also known as the crab eating macaque (scientific name: Macaca fascicularis philippinensis). Long-tailed Macaques are generally less aggressive than their other macaque counterparts. But

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How to Meet a Monkey!

It’s a monkey! Up in that tree over there, in those bushes, on the ground! Stealing that tourist’s camera! For many backpackers travelling in South East Asia, the first encounter with a monkey, let alone any kind of primate is one of enchantment, enthrallment and sometimes entanglement. There is something about seeing our distant relatives

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The Case of the Mysterious Bird of Paradise

No, this article isn’t about a beautiful tropical bird with a unique and slightly hilarious mating ritual. It’s about the angiosperm (also known as flowering plant) that I came across in Tam-Awan Village in Baguio, Northern Luzon, Philippines depicted in picture provided. Based on what the employees in Tam-Awan were able to tell me, this

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Feed Me Seymour!

If you are familiar with the musical “Little Shop of Horrors” you know that famous scene where a giant man eating plant named Audrey II convinces the main character to feed it human flesh with a witty song and dance. Now, I’m not suggesting giant man eating plants like Audrey II exist, but carnivorous plants

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