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Capture of Amazon squirrel monkeys seen as vital for conservation

January 29th, 2013

Animal research scientists say they will use data gained from the first-ever capture of squirrel monkeys in the Amazon region to help preserve the species.

Researchers from Pará state’s Federal University in northern Brazil captured twenty squirrel monkeys in November in the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve.

Scientists at the university were keen to gain a greater understanding of the squirrel monkeys’ reproductive systems amid fears their population could be falling in some geographical areas by loss of habitat linked to climate change.

After undergoing blood and biometric tests, the primates were later released back into the wild.

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Indigenous museum to remain at World Cup final stadium site

January 28th, 2013

Chief Carlos Tukano receives proposals from Rio state officials last week. Photo: Rio government

A former museum of indigenous culture close to the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, where the FIFA World Cup Final is due to played next year will not now be demolished as planned.

Rio de Janeiro state governor Sergio Cabral says that while the building will not be knocked down, the indigenous community living there will have to leave the site.

Without giving precise details, Cabral said in conjuction with the city government there are plans restore the building, dating from 1862.

Authorities want to pay rent assistance to the indigenous community living there, but are yet to reach agreement with chief Carlos Tukano who is only willing negotiate personally with the governor, media reports say.

On Saturday, a court issued an injunction preventing the demolition of the former museum.

The governor’s announcement coincides with a deadline for indigenous groups to leave the property.

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Nightclub fire disaster probe likely to focus on safety

January 27th, 2013
f Firefighters are shocked.     Photo: Agencia Brasil

An investigation into a fire that left 120 men and 112 women dead at a nightclub in southern Brazil is likely to concentrate on the effectiveness of evacuation procedures and whether safety equipment at the was working and up to date.

The death toll from the incident at the Kiss night spot in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul state has been revised downwards to 232 from the original 245, authorities say.

Following the outbreak of fire, some revellers at a freshers ball being held at the venue reportedly confused the bathroom door with the exit, while others became disorientated amid thick smoke.

The number of casualties may still increase due to changes in medical care in regional hospitals, but all bodies have been removed from the scene of the fire.

With 131 people confirmed as needing hospital treatment, fire department officials say they are trying to assist families and speed up identification of victims. Some bodies have already been released after recognition by relatives.

President Dilma Rousseff cut short a visit to Chile has been visiting survivors, saying that everything possible would be done to help the injured and the families of the victims.

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