Professor Anna Nekaris’ appearances on television, radio, internet, etc….
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A team of top scientists (Prof. Anna Nekaris, Drs Jack Rink, William Sellars, Jeff Meldrum and Ian Redmond) come together with one goal, to create the definitive guide to Bigfoot. Does the creature exist? And if it does, where is it? And how can it survive without being detected? Using a new interactive map the team plotted more than 10,000 Bigfoot type sightings from around the world. Dr Jeff Meldrum reflects on the experience: “It was personally gratifying to hear my colleagues objectively evaluate the footprints, hair samples and sightings as serious evidence; to see their intrigue mount as they contemplated its implications”.
Prof. Anna Nekaris, an expert on nocturnal primates, discusses Asian slow loris species. She reveals to ‘The Wildlife’ host Laurel Neme what makes these creatures so special and why they are sought after both as pets and as a key ingredient in traditional medicine. Did you know the lovable, furry Ewoks in the Star Wars films were modeled after slow lorises? But unlike Ewoks, lorises can’t jump or leap, which means they can only move through the forest canopy by using branches that touch. That makes an intact forest vital to their survival. Lorises are also one of the only venomous primates. They have a form of biological venom that’s produced by a gland in their elbows, which they mix with saliva to create a powerful toxin. These unique characteristics are what make them a sought after ingredient in traditional medicine across Asia. In fact, Anna and her research team recently completed the first major study of the use of lorises in traditional medicine in Asia and found a multitude of uses – as a tonic for women after childbirth, for stomach problems, for healing wounds and broken bones and in the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. Lorises are seen as ‘an animal with a 100 uses’ akin to aspirin in the Western medicine.
Could the yeti really exist or is it a popular legend? Anthropologist and primate expert Professor Anna Nekaris explains how you find unknown animals, looking at examples of new species of primate still being discovered today, and exploring the likelihood of the yeti’s existence. She will also bring us up-to-date with recent research into unidentified hairs reportedly taken from a yeti-like creature in India.
Madagascar’s creepiest resident is the aye-aye. Nick must confront his fears and find out why it has become so feared by the local people. Professor Anna Nekaris provides information on this strangest of Madagascar’s primates from the Natural History Museum in London.
Slender Loris – Phantom of the Forest
Professor Anna Nekaris presents this one hour NHK film directed by Akira Matsubayashi on the behaviour of a family of Sri Lanka’s Endangered red slender loris. In Japanese and English.