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