News Media Articles Involving Non-human Primates 2024
The following are articles about non-human primates reported in the news media. Those involving Action for Primates are indicated.
See elsewhere for non-human primates in the news from other years.
Although an article may be posted here, it does not mean that Action for Primates agrees with any statements made or situations depicted. It should be clear that we are unequivocally opposed to keeping non-human primates in captivity.
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2024-02-02: Monkey Attacks Recently Observed in Japan, Thailand, India; What Is Making These Primates Aggressive? Stacy, Kendra The Science Times accessed 2024-02-03
Irrespective of location or species, a huge contributing factor to monkey attacks or bites is over-habituation. Habituation refers to the process that animal researchers use to gain the trust of animals so that they can record or follow animal behavior. In such cases, the presence of researchers leads to limited impacts.
However, it is possible for animals to be unintentionally habituated. When animals stop fearing humans and end up becoming nuisances, they become over-habituated. In almost all over-habituation cases, the primary factor is human food. Wildlife may find human food irresistible. This food is easy to digest, dense in nutrients, and can be found in unattended backpacks or trash bins.
From an ecological standpoint, animals have reasons to maximize this resource of high quality. Hence, it is not surprising that animals would modify their fears and behaviors in order to adjust.
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