Pymatek Automation Ltd. is a company specializes in the distribution of industrial automation products commited with primates welfare and committed, too, to the welfare of people who care for them! […]
Covid-19 has greatly affected our society. Our health and that of our loved ones has been threatened.
Primates lucky to live in MONA are also threatened, because it has been proven that they can become infected. But they cannot be taken to the ICU, nor do they maintain social distance. To keep them out of harm’s way, we canceled all activities and closed access to MONA even before confinement was mandatory, because we are terrified about the consequences of the virus entering the rescue center. […]
“Given the alarming situation of COVID-19, our volunteers had the opportunity to say ” I am going to go back to my country and take shelter under the blanket next to my Mum”, but they did not consider this option for a second and that is admirable.“
We speak with Alba Gómara, coordinator of Volunteering and the European Solidarity Corps projects, and co-head of the Primate Rehabilitation and Rescue Department.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis that affects everyone without exception. The virus arrived just a few months ago and has already made a serious impact on our lives: it has taken thousands of them, and put the rest to a standstill. We live in an era of uncertainty; and fear has established itself within our homes. Much like tackling the virus itself, there is only one way we can overcome that fear – by staying united in battle. […]
Our concern about the risk of the virus to humans is extended to non-human primates, of which almost 70% are in danger. This, of course, includes the chimpanzees we care for at MONA. We share almost 99% of our DNA with them, and this increases the chances of transmission of the coronavirus. In fact, common human respiratory viruses have caused deadly outbreaks in great apes in the past. […]
Image 1. The Vitruvian Man (1470). Leonardo da Vinci. Symbolic reference of humanism that places man at the center of the entire universe.
“The anthropocentric vision of western society regarding the natural environment has also contributed to the current state of pandemics“
We speak with David Riba, Head of the MONAEduca Education Department, professor of archeology and prehistory at the University of Girona, and of Human Evolution and Cognition in the Udg-Fundació MONA Masters in Primatology.
Why do deadly human diseases arise in biodiversity “hot spots”?
Just a decade or two ago, wild tropical forests were thought to threaten humans by harboring the viruses and pathogens that lead to new diseases in humans, but is this really the case? […]
The COVID-19 pandemic has made us stop and reflect, giving us the opportunity to do better – individually and together. We must bring out the best in ourselves and show that humans feel affection, understanding, and solidarity towards others, whether they are humans or not. Humanity must, at last, open its eyes to the importance of protecting the environment and the conservation of species.