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Deforestation Creates "Fragments" in Monkey Habitats

Research is now suggesting that monkey populations are much more sensitive to the destructive damage to their habitats than previously thought.

It also found that “the health of monkey population is closely related to the type of habitat found between forest fragments, rather than the distance that separates them.”

An Udzungwa red colobus monkey. (Credit: Andrew Marshall / University of York)

The research was conducted by Dr. Andrew Marshall, from the Environment Department at the University of York and Director of Conservation at Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of York, the University of Copenhagen, the Tremto Musuem of Natural History (Italy) and the Udzungwa Ecological Monitoring Centre (Tanzania).

The lastest research is published in the American Journal of Primatology.

Jungle Jenny believes it is more important now to focus on protecting larger forest areas that are now under threat.  “How happy and healthy would we feel if all the trees that surrounded our habitat were hacked down?”

Snake Spits Out New Species of Chameleon At Scientist's Feet

This is a GREAT fun story on how a conservationist from York University discovered a new Magombera chameleon species in Tanzania!

Dr. Andrew Marshall was studies monkeys in the jungle in the Magombera forest in Tanzania when he stumbled across a twig snake (which at the time was eating the chameleon). Startled by Marshall, the snake coughed up the chameleon and took off into the forest. While looking over the dead chameleon, Marshall suspected it might be a new species and took a photograph. A short time later, Marshall discovered the same species approximately 6 miles from the original finding. He photographed that creature and has published his findings formally on record in November of 2009.

Marshall is hoping to persuade the Tanzanian authorities in protecting this area of the forest which the chameleon was found. To read this entire article CLICK HERE or on the photo below.

New Species of Chameleon found in Tanzania by Dr. Andrew Marshall: Photo taken by Dr. Andrew Marshall of York University