Welcome to the blog monkey media page
On this page you will find pictures and other material designed to help those who want to report on the blog monkey project in media or on their personal blogs.
Questions and other inquiries should be sent to this address. All e-mails will be answered within 24 hours, and usually much faster than that. We are sorry, but we can not answer questions and other inquiries via phone.
Information on the blog monkey project
The blog monkey project is an attempt to support Dr Marc van Roosmalen, one of the greatest field biologists of our time, and at the same time create a lasting symbol of the power blogs and the blogosphere has attained in today's society. The project is hosted by AC Tropical Fish (aquaticcommunity.com) and was created by AC Tropical Fish with the blessing and support of Marc van Roosmalen. All donated funds are sent directly to van Roosmalen in Brazil via Pay pal. AC Tropical Fish never have access to or handle the donated money. The project uses ChipIn to track the progress of the project and all visitors can always see exactly how much money that have been donated and by how many donors. In addition to this, visitors will also be able to follow the progress expressed in percentage of the total goal. Our hope is to collect $31,000 before the end of the year, but the project might be prolonged if we haven't reached that sum by then.
Van Roosmalen has pledged to name the monkey species depicted further down the page after the blogosphere, Lagothrix blogii, the blog monkey, if this collection reaches it goal. Donations are made to help van Roosmalen, not to aid the blog monkey, and will not be repaid if we don't reach our goal. It should however be said that all involved parties, including van Roosmalen, really hope we do.
The blog monkey project is not a 501(c)3 public charity or private foundation and hence not tax deductible under United States Law.
Information on Marc van Roosmalen
Born in the Netherlands in 1947, Marc van Roosmalen is a Brazilian primatologist of Dutch birth living in Manaus, Brazil. After studying biology at the University of Amsterdam he did four years of doctoral fieldwork in Suriname studying the Red-faced Spider Monkey. Since then, van Roosmalen has devoted his life to the scientific exploration of the South American flora and fauna.
Marc van Roosmalen is described as a hand-on naturalist and has spent long periods of time doing research work in the Amazonian rainforest, while simultaneously producing prolific amounts of scientific papers, books, reviews, and wildlife documentaries. His work has led to the discovery and description of several new species, such as Callibella humilis, the dwarf marmoset, the second smallest monkey in the world, and Lecythis oldemani, a tree belonging to the Brazil Nut family. From 1986 to 2003, van Roosmalen served as senior scientist at the National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA) under the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology.
Parallel to his research work, van Roosmalen is a dedicated conservationalist trying to protect the Brazilian rainforest from destruction by humans. During the late 1980s, he launched “The Center for the Rehabilitation and Re-introduction of Endangered Wildlife” in the federal Rio Cuieiras Nature Reserve; a centre where all kinds of animals, but especially monkeys confiscated from the illegal pet trade, were rehabilitated in the local rain forest. In 1999, he founded the NGO “Amazon Association for the Preservation of High Biodiversity Areas” (AAPA) and began purchasing areas of pristine rainforest in regions harboring extremely high biodiversity and/or animals and plants new to science.
For his outstanding work in South America, van Roosmalen has received several honors and was knighted as Officer in the Order of the Golden Ark by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands in 1997. At the turn of the millennium, van Roosmalen was selected as one of the worldwide recognized “Heroes for the Planet” by Time Magazine.
You can read about van Roosmalen's current predicament in our interview with him which is found here. More information can also be found in this Wired article and this article published by the Smithsonian institution.
“For if there are out there big tree-dwelling, ground-dwelling and even aquatic mammals not known to science - a dwarf tapir, a giant peccary, a white deer, a dwarf manatee, another river dolphin, to name a few - what do we really know about its flora and fauna? Very Little. About its ecology - the utterly complex web of relationships between plants and animals? Even less. Then what do we know about the sustainability of this ecosystem? Absolutely nothing.”
Collection Logos and badges
The following collection logo and badges can be used in articles, blog post etc pertaining to the blog monkey collection and Marc van Roosmalen.
The blog monkey collection is not a 501(c)3 public charity or private foundation and hence not tax deductible. All money donated goes directly to Matc van Roosmalen via the ChipIin widget and Paypal. Donating does not require a require a PayPal account.
The blog monkey initiative is hosted by: AC Tropical Fish AC Tropical fish only host this collection and the money goes directly from the Donor to Marc van Roosmalen. AC tropcial fsih can and will not control or monito how Marc van Roosmalen uses the collected funds.