Mysterious Origin of Extinct Jamaican Monkey Solved With DNA Testing

For nearly 100 years, scientists haven’t been able to agree on the evolutionary origins of a strange, now-extinct monkey that lived and thrived in Jamaica for thousands of years. New research suggests its ancestors arrived from South America, and that life on this tropical island caused the species to acquire its odd set of features. Read More >>

Belfast Monkey’s Zoobreak Ends in Tragedy

An unnamed spider monkey that broke out of Belfast Zoo enjoyed the free life for just a few short hours, after the animal – unaware of the modern world outside of captivity –was hit by a car on the M2. Read More >>

Why Scientists Taught Monkeys to Associate Brand Logos With Genitals

Humans assign value to brands. Brands represent wealth, strength, and yes, sex. We are our brands. And for some rhesus macaques in a lab, one brand, Adidas, represents monkey genitalia. Read More >>

Scottish Zoo Closes Because its Monkeys Are Sad

Dundee's Camperdown wildlife centre is not currently open to welcome your social media content generation field trip, as it's been closed for four days so its monkeys can grieve the death of a member of the pack. Read More >>

Rare Mop-Topped Monkey Spotted in Brazil for First Time in Over 80 Years

It’s been 81 years since anyone has seen a Vanzolini’s bald-faced saki in the wild. On a recent expedition to the Juruá River in the Amazon basin, a group of scientists managed to capture the first photographs ever taken of this elusive primate in its natural habitat—and whoa does it ever look weird. Read More >>

Mischievous Monkey Causes Massive Blackout in Zambian Tourist Town

Around 50,000 residents of Zimbabwe’s Western province were without electricity on Sunday, after a baboon wandered into a power station and fiddled with the equipment. Incredibly, the baboon managed to survive the incident. Read More >>

This Monkey Crime Ring Will Hold Your Shit Ransom

Sopranos superfans will be glad to know that the mafia is still alive and well — sort of. A temple in Bali, Indonesia has apparently been overrun by mafioso macaques that have been stealing tourists’ items in exchange for food. New research suggests the unusual phenomenon is a learned behaviour, and goddamn is it a good one. Read More >>

Monkeys Learn to Pass a Classic Test For Self-Awareness

The ability to look into a mirror and recognise oneself is a cognitive skill we all take for granted, but very few animals outside of humans are able to do it. New research shows that monkeys can be trained to pass the so-called “mirror test”, suggesting that more species may be self-aware than previously thought. It’s a fascinating result, but one that shows how far we are from being able to accurate gauge consciousness in another animal. Read More >>

Monkeys Grieve When Their Robot Friend Dies

BBC One’s Spy in the Wild series embeds animatronic spy animals out in nature with their real life animal counterparts to see what life is really like in the wild. The robot creatures can look a little bit creepy with their eyeball cameras, but the animals often embrace them as one of their own. Sometimes the relationship can turn emotional, like when these Langur monkeys grieved for a robotic spy monkey that fell to the ground and “died.” Read More >>

Stolen Australian Marmoset Named ‘Gomez’ Still Missing

Three days after burglars stole a family of pygmy marmosets from Symbio Wildlife Park near Sydney, Australia, the eldest marmoset, a 10-year-old male named Gomez, remained missing, Buzzfeed reports. Read More >>

Brain Implant Allows Paralysed Monkey to Walk Again

For the first time ever, a neural device has been used to restore locomotion in paralysed primates. It may be years before clinical trials can begin for humans, but this latest breakthrough marks an important step in that direction. Read More >>

Is This the Saddest Monkey on Earth?

His blue face and blank stare suggest a look of despair or simply disbelief. Yet, the snub-nosed monkey above and 37 other similar species just got their genomes sequenced. But this one monkey, he seems sad as hell about it. Read More >>

The Zoomer Robot Chimp Stands and Balances on Two Feet Better Than a Toddler Can

When the Zoomer interactive dog was first introduced a few years ago, Spin Master officially took over the robotic pet corner of the market that was vacant after Sony abandoned the Aibo. The Zoomer Dog was followed by the award-winning Zoomer Dino, but neither are as remarkably capable as the latest addition to the Zoomer line. Read More >>

Xbox One Kinect Finds New Life as Educational Gaming Toy for Orangutans

Scientists have found a way to use one discarded Xbox One Kinect sensor, with a team bringing joy to a group of captive orangutans by creating them their very own "interactive digital space." Read More >>

Peter Gabriel Wants to Get Monkeys Using Facebook

Peter Gabriel, the same one from olden days music, is teaming up with Monkey World in Dorset to do some experiments on the residents there. He's not making them smoke or putting Rimmel in their eyes, he is instead seeing if they can learn to use social media or chat to each other via Skype. Read More >>