Professor Anna Nekaris’ appearances on television, radio, internet, etc….
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Having premièred on 25th January 2012 on the BBC2’s Natural World and on the 20th of November 2012 on Walmart’s Frontier Earth on Animal Planet, a one-hour documentary dedicated to slow loris research and conservation produced by Icon films - Jungle Gremlins of Java brought the plight of the loris to millions of viewers world-wide. JGOJ follows Prof Anna Nekaris, as she attempts to unravel the mystery of why slow lorises are venomous. At the same time she faces the horrific realities of one of the major conservation challenges facing slow lorises – the illegal pet trade. The film also highlights how ‘cute’ YouTube videos are impacting the conservation of these fragile primates.
We thank you for your kind comments about the emotional impact this film has had on you. It also has made its impact on the film community. In March 2012, it won overall MERITS for outstanding advocacy and animal behaviour, and also was accoladed in the Best of Category for Environmental and for Point of View at the International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula, Montana. This was followed in February 2013 by the Award for Best Natural History Programme at the Royal Television Society Awards, West of England. In April 2013 Jungle Gremlins of Java picked up the Silver Hugo for Science / Nature Documentary at the 2013 Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards and in 2013 it won the Best New Media Award at the Japan Willdife Film Festival. What great news for spreading awareness of loris conservation. Our hearts are full!
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”.
Bigfoot is everywhere you look, but why are so many millions of Americans obsessed with this mysterious man-ape? This episode sheds new light on some of the nation’s darkest Sasquatch secrets. Recent discoveries of previously unknown hominids and breakthroughs in genetic technology have given a nation of Bigfoot believers new hope that this creature will be found, but what new technologies are being developed for this centuries-old hunt? We’ll join Steve Kulls, the “Squatchdetective” on a nighttime expedition for Bigfoot plus gets a first look at “The Falcon Project” — a revolutionary new air ship that plans on taking the hunt 3,000 feet up into the sky. But what are U.S. citizens legally allowed to do if they do happen to encounter a Bigfoot? The answer may surprise you!
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.