Despite their unfair relegation to the minor leagues of respectability, the animals who humans raise to be eaten are among the most studied of all. Much of the research is done in the industry’s interest of maximising yields, but a good amount of pure behavioural research has also been amassed.
Video suggests that climate change is forcing chimpanzees to adopt new ways of survival, including using the cover of darkness to search for food. Cameras planted in Kibale national park, an extensive block of rainforest, captured chimps crop-raiding at night. Before raiding a maize field neighbouring the park, chimps display a high level of intelligence, using a tall eucalyptus tree growing at the border of the field to scan and see if the farmers have left.
With this growing awareness, the Chinese government has announced increasing commitments to curtailing the market — with the most recent on Thursday, when the State Forestry Administration imposed an immediate ban on African ivory carving imports to mainland China. The reports summarize surveys conducted in China’s three largest cities — Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou — on ivory and rhino horn from November 2012 to November 2014.