I am finally getting back to my Save Our Home designs–this time featuring primates. Many of our ‘cousins’ are endangered and need help. The loss of habitat is the primary issue. There is a great deal of deforestation and encroachment that contributes to the demise of these beautiful animals: for that matter all that live in these forests are of course endangered too. Entire ecosystems are continuously being destroyed. And sadly, poachers are illegally hunting these animals to extinction to sell as bushmeat. This is illegal though they continue to get away with it.
Meanwhile, for now, consider helping monkeys, lemurs, great apes, any primate that is endangered. Check out The Bush Meat Project, Friends of the Earth, World Wildlife Federation, Save Animals Facing Extinction, Green Peace etc. Google the animal you specifically care about, and finds sites the sites that best suit your interests. Check out cafepress.com/earthandworldpeace if you are interested in any products with these designs on them. I want people to get the word out is, to get active, march, and wear clothing with messages on them, mine or someone else’s. Be informed so that when people ask you, you know the plight of the animal you’re were. All of the primates don eye wear because I wanted people to focus on their eyes. They are our cousins, and for me, I can see the souls of each primate when I look into their eyes. Get active. I hope you are all doing well and can help. With deep respect.
An enjoyable brief Ad. Save Our Home: Primates
Look at the following pictures. Look in their eyes. Are they familiar to you? They are our cousins, and they are loosing their homes and killed for food–an illegal practice. Many youngsters loose their mothers, some are rescued. You can support these orphanages. Check online. Aren’t they beautiful?
Jane Goodall, Ted Talks – What Separates Us From Chimpanzee? Answer: Our sophisticated language. Jane Goodall “urges us to start using it to change the world.” I cannot agree more else this blog would not exist.
In the 1960s, Jane Goodall, a primatologist, was the first to live and study chimpanzees in the wild. One of her discoveries, of which there are many, was that Chimpanzee use and modify tools for specific purposes. Though she has studied them for over 50 years, and though she would rather be in the wild studying them today, she has chosen to use our specialty, sophisticated language, to help change the world by focusing on healing our planet. We must become compas-sionate stewards to all that lives on this planet.
Let’s quickly look at our nearest relative and discover just how intelligent and similar they are to us.
Ai (pronounced e) is the Japanese word for love and the name of a Chimpanzee who is considered to be the most skilled Chimpanzee in intellectual performance. Ai loves her computer, and is in essence addicted to it, just like many humans. She will leave her family to play on her computer. She plays games and other complex activities, and can solve them faster than some people. Even more interesting is that she doesn’t like making mistakes. If she gets a score that she’s not happy with, she asks to do it again so that she can improve her score. She does this whether or not food is used as a reward. Interestingly, she must be told in advance that there will not be a rewarded when she completes the task.
Jane Goodall explains that before discovering that chimpanzees make, use, and modify tools, the definition of humankind was “tool-maker”. In 1960, Louis and Mary Leakey, Kenyan paleo-anthropologist, demonstrated that humans evolved in Africa having found two hominid skulls dated as living 1.75 million years ago. Louis Leakey, replied to Jane’s findings, “Ah! Now we need to redefine man, redefine tool, or except chimpanzees as humans.”
Scientists have discovered that many Chimpanzees societies throughout Africa use tools, and each clan has different tools for different purposes.
Jane Goodall says, these patterns of behavior “are passed on from generation to generation through observation, imitation and practice. That is a definition human culture.”
Family life is similar to ours in many ways. AChimpanzees suckle their young for five years. For seven more years, these youngsters are emotionally dependent upon their moms at which time they learn as we do, i.e. from our mom’s during our dependent years. They remain bonded to their families for as long as they live which can be 60 years. They share their lives with their siblings. A group of Chimpanzees is called a Shrewdness of Apes.
They show true compassion and altruism. They “kiss, hold hands, pat others on the back, they swagger and shake their fists in the same context as humans,” says Jane Goodall.
She adds, Chimpanzees also have an emotional life including both mental and physical suffering. They experience happiness, sadness, fear and despair.
They cooperate with each other. The can recognize themselves in a mirror. Rather than the ‘other’, they recognized ‘self’. And, they have a sense of humor.
Bottomline, Jane Goodall is informing us that “Other sentient beings have personalities, minds and feelings.
And now for the message. “When we think about the ways that we use and abuse so many sentient beings on this planet it really gives cause for deep shame.”
An aside. One of the major ways we abuse people (‘other’s), specifically minorities, is to make them less than human, i.e. animals. Not all of us, but many. Therefore, in general there has been little regard for non-human sentient beings. How terribly arrogant.
Chimpanzees are disappearing due to deforestation, encroach-ment, and now because they have become a popular food item. Before, deforestation, human beings lived in harmony with their Chimpanzee relatives. However, these same people who have lost their homes, and hence their culture are those involved with the mass killing of chimpanzees for Bushmeat. They have to make a living somehow, since living as they did is no longer an option.
The damage we have done to the forest, to these people, to chimpanzees and the ecosystems in general. Shameful. The roads created to access these forests are now used to hunt chimps and transport their carcasses to market. Bushmeat preferred over domesticated meat–big bucks. Go to The Bushmeat Project for more information.
So, what do we do? Jane Goodall says, use our human specialty, sophisticated language, to inform people about what we are doing to our environment as a result of disregarding everything that allows the earth to do what it does naturally to be healthy. We must teach people to be wise stewards, and we are beginning to truly understand how to do this. Write. Speak. Create videos. Use our amazing abilities and our technologies to heal our world.
A problem that must be addressed is the increasing disconnection people have with the natural world. Jane Goodall asks us to get involved with the Roots and Shoots Project: a program designed to reconnect people to the natural world by teaching young people to care about our natural world– a hands on approach to learning about our environment, introducing and taking care of animals, and discovering and doing something for their local environments. Go to www.rootsandshoots.org
Jane Goodall, and so many other, including myself, believe that every single individual does have a role to play in healing all aspects of our environment. If not involved already, learn to love and have compassion for all life.
Jane Goodall says we can do this because, (1) human brains can solve our problems, (2) nature is resilient, and (3) we have an indomitable human spirit. Indomitable meaning impossible to subdue or defeat.
Lastly, she adds “Buy things that are ethical to buy and don’t buy those that are not.” To watch the video that this article is gleaned from Google Ted Talks JaneGoodall. With great respect, love and compassion.
Four out of six Gorilla species are now on the critically endangered list. For example, in the last twenty years, seventy percent (70%) of the Eastern Gorilla population is gone due to illegal hunting. There are many organizations that are working to help Gorillas: World Wildlife Fund, Dian Fossey’s Gorilla Fund, The Gorilla Organization and more. Check out Ten Ways to Help Mountain Gorillas.
All over the world, many species of Old World Monkeys are endangered, usually due to loss of habitat and encroachment. There are also collectors and a pet trade for some species. You can check out which Monkeys you’d like to help.
Lemurs are so special. They live in one place, Madagascar. 80% of their habit has been destroyed which means several species are already extinct and the remaining are endangered. They are often hunted. Protection of these beautiful animals must become a priority. Tourism has helped.
Spending most of their time as tree dwellers, lemurs live in small groups (12 to 18 individuals) called a Conspiracy. Hm! And, here’s a fun fact. Lemurs have two tongues. Since they spend much needed time grooming themselves and each other, this evolutionary development has two different functions.
The main tongue is used for eating fruit, flowers insects and slurping nectar out of the center of flowers. A smaller stiff secondary tongue, found under the main tongue, serves as a grooming tool. This stiff tongue allows lemurs to remove bits and pieces from a lemur’s skin, occasionally yummy treat is found.
Lemurs lower teeth jut out and are used as a comb when grooming themselves and others. Sometimes hair, insects and other unwanted particles get cause between these teeth, and so, this stiff tongue is used as a toothpick. Wish I had one of those–not.
Lastly, lemur’s have nails at the end of their fingers and toes except for their second toe on each foot which ends in a claw. Since lemurs do not use their hands for grooming, this claw comes in handy (or footy) for grooming and a good scratch. The Aye Aye Lemur is the only lemur that has more claws than nails.
As always I ask, please help these animals even if only through your words.
The Bornean Orangutans are now critically endangered. Loss of their rain forest habitat is the main reasons why their population is in rapid decline. Illegal hunting doesn’t help. Of all the apes, this one is my favorite. I don’t know why, they just melt my heart. I won’t go into great detail here, but this really hurts. These orangutans are found starving to death due to loosing their food supply. We just cannot do this anymore. We must treat all life with the same respect as we treat ourselves. They are here for a reason. These beautiful animals have lived on earth fo an estimated two million years, and then along comes human beings. Why are we all so abusive, and I mean all, including myself, for we have participated in the destruction of habitats without even thinking about it. Let’s think about it now. Do you want to tear up that piece of land for an oversized home and a lawn, never mind the materials we use (natural and synthetic). Over population has been the primary reason for the destruction of our planet. Industrialization, the use of fossil fuels, and improper agricultural techniques are why we are having a global crisis. We must make noice. Peaceful Demonstrations.