National Geographic : 1992 Jul
Forum Apes and Humans The March 1992 article made a marvelous contri- bution to the understanding of our close relatives, the great apes. The lead picture showed dramati- cally a situation where human disease could pass to the apes and wipe out the entire population. Dian Fossey was very aware of this danger and in 1985 asked me, as a trustee of the Morris Animal Foun- dation , for help in providing a veterinarian. Since her death the foundation has funded the Volcano Veterinary Center in Rwanda, the first facility to provide health care to an endangered species. Dian's work at Karisoke continues, supported by the Digit Fund. RUTH M . KEESLING President International, Digit Fund Englewood, Colorado Itwas a thrill to see the mountain gorilla Papoose's infant (pages 4-5) . In a study funded by National Geographic at Karisoke, Pascal Sicotte and I fol- lowed and observed Papoose during the time of Pasika's conception. In fact, we determined she was pregnant just ten days into gestation in July 1990. Michael Nichols's picture was my first opportunity to see Pasika up close. NANCY CZEKALA Zoological Society ofSan Diego San Diego, California Ho-hum! NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC has produced another predictable "monkey article." Your per- sistent allegations of a supposed relationship between humans and monkeys is no longer boring; it has become nauseating. This issue in its entirety went straight into the furnace. ALAN S. PRIEST Burns Lake, British Columbia Please continue to support these studies as we will continue to support you. MR. AND MRS . S. C. COLWELL Lower Nicola, British Columbia The portrayal of an animal rights terrorist holding a picture of two young chimpanzees (page 32) calls attention to a "worst-case scenario," but not the one intended. Ironically the real worst-case sce - nario was played out when four young chimpan- zees were removed from our laboratory on a cold winter night by strangers wearing frightening masks . To this day the whereabouts of the stolen STONEHENGE, WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND. 7:53 A.M. STILL GOING.