• Blogs

    October 28, 2014

    Five Animals That Make Damn Good Musicians

    Several things separate human beings from the rest of the animals. We can put them in Halloween costumes and they can't put us in ones, we have smartphones, and there's the whole food-chain thing as well. Music, however, is not one of those things unknown to the animal kingdom. Sometimes they turn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    Undercover Investigation Reveals Alleged Mistreatment at Monkey Lab

    An undercover investigation of a major primate research lab in San Antonio revealed a pattern of mistreatment of its monkeys, including death, injury, overcrowding, and lack of medical care, according to the Humane Society of the United States. The organization claims that a five-week investigation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    UPDATED: USDA Warns UH Over Monkey Dehydration Death

    The USDA has warned the University of Houston that it could face severe penalties if it doesn't correct conditions in its research lab, where two rhesus monkeys have died since 2012. The August letter was triggered by a March 2014 incident where three rhesus macaques closed a divider in their cage, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    USDA, PETA Go After Dude Whose Monkey Hit Deborah Duncan

    It was the slap seen 'round the world: a capuchin monkey bopped Great Day Houston host Deborah Duncan in the face in April, and almost everyone thought it was super-cute. Of course, the party-poopers at PETA didn't think it was cute, especially given the track record of Brian Staples, the guy who r ... More >>

  • News

    October 4, 2012

    Retired Lab Chimps Pressed Back Into Service

    A San Antonio lab says primate research is necessary for curing diseases like AIDS and hepatitis. But what progress has really been made.

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    Cover Story: Is Biomedical Testing on Primates Still Necessary?

    On October 24, scientists from around the world will come to San Antonio to discuss how testing on monkeys might one day lead to an AIDS cure. They'll be talking baboons, macaques, and vervets at the 30th Annual Symposium on Nonhuman Primate Models for AIDS, not chimpanzees. Once thought to be the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    WarBeast: Oh Fuck, They Have a Time Machine

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. Beth Burton​We try real hard to avoid metal bands here in the old What's in a Name? column. We still haven't forgiven Owl Witch for the abs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Houston Zoo Cute-Off: A Competition For The Ages

    The Houston Zoo is filled with animals so astoundingly cute that they're almost a danger to the public.But only one can be The Cutest of All.It has come time to determine who exactly should wear that noble title: Harr, the White-Faced Saki Monkey? Zuri, the African Pygmy Falcon? Some other contender ... More >>

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    August 20, 2009

    Adult Wink

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    February 12, 2009
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    February 12, 2009

    Free Day at the Zoo

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  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    The Lemur News You've Been Waiting For -- A Rare One Is Born In Houston

    It turns out that the Houston Zoo is getting national attention for something besides elephant herpes -- they are the home to a newly delivered rare baby lemur.Lemurs aren't exactly the most glamorous species -- they're right up there with sloths in the public mind -- but rare is rare. And it's from ... More >>

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    January 22, 2009
  • Blogs

    November 11, 2008

    A City's Shame: Inflatable Gorillas

    The Houston City Council, having solved every other conceivable problem -- be it Ike-related or not -- is now tackling the important issues. Like giant, inflatable gorillas. The city wants to ban the giant blow-up animals that dot used-car lots all over town, because apparently those things are al ... More >>