Archive for the ‘primates’ category

Hanging in There…

February 23, 2009

Sorry it has been a while since I have posted… I have been scrounging up work and trying to stay afloat. You understand, I am sure… more fun posts coming soon.


Photo by Tim Flach, an amazing animal photographer. 
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Sneezing Monkey

December 17, 2008

Gazoontite my furry friend!
I want more of this. Give that chimp a pepper sandwich.

Have you noticed that monkey humor connects with all cultures and peoples?
It is making this world smaller ….and better.

Merry Christmas.

Monkeys on Ice

November 26, 2008

Something to warm your heart this holiday season.

Put on a fresh pot of hot water for tea and cocoa.
Gather the kids, aunt helen and uncle gene around the computer…
and watch the grace and strength of monkey’s on ice. Happy Thanksgiving.

Hidden Population of Gorillas Discovered

August 6, 2008

Reported today in the Assoc. Press — Wildlife researchers were surprised to discovered the existence of a hidden population of 125,000 lowland gorillas in the Congo Republic. This is really good news for this endangered primate.

A few months back I posted a video I shot of two lowland gorillas, mother and child, wrestling at Brookfield Zoo. I think they are the same two pictured in today’s Chicago Tribune (above).

(Tribune photo by Alex Garcia / August 5, 2008)

Why Monkey’s on Parade?

June 3, 2008

I just updated the about section of this blog… and here is how I explain the title:

I am not sure when my fascination with monkeys began… probably the time one of the playful primates jumped into the stroller that my twin brother and I were in at the Milwaukee Zoo! No harm done, just a good laugh and a great story for my parents to tell! As many twins do, my brother and I developed our own special vocabulary as we learned to speak… our word for monkey was “mi-you.”

I have never owned a monkey, but my toddler son exhibits fearless and superior – freakish – climbing ability, so that is close enough. He also loves bananas almost as much as I do! So what’s with the name of the blog?

It may sound whimsical, sarcastic, odd, dumb, or child-like to you… let me assure you, it will be all of those things, just like me. Sometimes I feel like a monkey in a parade… chided and jeered by this world as I march to it’s twisted drum… but at times I love this march, banging away on a tiny cymbal as my friends in line laugh with me, cranking on their organ grinders and tooting on their kazoos.

All I am really looking for is a place to start conversations with old and new friends! I hope you join in the parade!

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Monkeys at the Zoo…

May 9, 2008

Here is a little video I shot at Brookfield Zoo this week. It was my son Angelo’s first visit to a “real” zoo, and he loved it!! This video is of a mother and child play wrestling. I love it when the child “claps” to provoke the mother into playing!

Happy Birthday Fifi!

May 29, 2007


“Fifi” eats carrots as she joins Sydney’s Taronga Zoo’s chimpanzee family to celebrate her 60th birthday, in Australia, on May 21. Fifi, the oldest member of Taronga’s chimpanzee family, and her extended family received a special vegetable cake, fresh leaves, watermelons and extra coconuts to mark this important milestone.
(AP/Mark Baker)

I guess cigars were out for Fifi. She didn’t get to be 60 by puffing on stogies. I am not sure how ice cream would have gone on here vegetable cake… I hear she is lactose intolerant!