Captivating Performance
Introduction - Primate Particulars

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Oooo! Oooo! light comes, hunger comes.

Oooo! go play, climb, get food, no escape.

Sit and wait. Walk to skinny-trees surround tiny forest, shake skinny-trees, walk back, sit, wait.

Others touch, not family, smell wrong, run away.
Oooo! Oooo! bald gorilla comes, bring food. Fight for food, don't share. Others take, never enough.

Want to climb, get food, get self food much, eat when hungry.

Oooo! Oooo! bald gorilla comes, now play?

Bald gorilla bring food. Make bald gorilla happy, bald gorilla give food. Bald gorilla not happy, no food.

Make bald gorilla happy, Oooo! Oooo!

Don't understand bald gorilla. Want to play, not climb branchless tree, not throw ball, not jump backwards.

Bald gorilla bring fright stick, sound like branch snapping, much louder.

Play silly bald gorilla game. Walk on hands, walk on ball, jump backwards. Play bald gorilla game, play game, play game, play game.

Oooo! bald gorilla happy, get food.

Oooo! Oooo! Bald gorilla go away. Happy now, fright stick gone. Sleepy now, light go away.

Darkness stories come. See mother, see family, play in happy times. Run to forest, play in tall shady trees. Go to family, touching close, be happy, eat when hungry.

Oooo! Oooo! Bright warm light, green leaves glow, hug mother warm comfort. No demands. Play in shadows, play in light, be happy, play life.
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Some Lifestyle Hazards for Chimpanzees
(and other Primates)

  • Avoiding Execution - With logging industry roads providing access to once innaccessible areas, a thriving illegal trade in Bushmeat has arisen in Africa. Gorillas and Chimpanzees are the poachers primary targets, their meat being traded at markets and sold to restaurants.

  • Avoiding Capture - Primates are still being caught (removed from their families and social group) to be sold on the black market as pets, for research or entertainment.

  • Natural habitat destruction - Due to logging, farming or urban encroachment.

  • Extinction - Many primate species (roughly half) are either endangered or face imminent extinction.
The history of the chimpanzee's (and other primates) association with humans is mottled with cruelty in the name of entertainment and scientific research.

Genetically chimps are our closest primate relatives, but you wouldn't guess that from the way some have been treated. Even though social attitudes are changing to prevent the exploitation of primates (and other species), natural habitat destruction continues at an alarming rate.


May 2000




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