Ebola has killed a third of gorillas and chimpanzees in the world - January 26, 2015


Among the gorillas, 95% of those infected eventually died. Among chimpanzees, the mortality rate is 77% The Ebola virus has made thousands of victims around the world in the current outbreak, which is the worst since the 1970s. However, it is not only the human being who is suffering the consequences of the fatal bleeding […]

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Zoos are also showcases - January 22, 2015

Venda e Exposição de Animais Proibidas

An extensive discussion has been happening in the last few days in Brazil due to a resolution of the Federal Council of Veterinary Medicine, which prohibits pet exposure for sale in “PET Shops”, in cages or showcases.The public ends harassing the innocent beings, who have no idea why they are subjected to that torture. However, […]

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The hypocrisy of zoos - January 21, 2015


A chimpanzee with two popsicles, one in each hand: that’s what the press in Brazil has shown in pictures and videos as the resource for fighting the intense heat of the last few days in a Brazilian zoo. Those popsicles lasted some minutes before being devoured by the chimp, but terrible hours were waiting when […]

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Ireland May be the Next Country to Free Animals as ‘Non-Human’ Persons - January 19, 2015

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Last week, Argentina made headlines when they granted an orangutan, named Sandra, the status of “non-human person” and the freedom she needed to be moved out of the Buenos Aires Zoo. Sandra, a reportedly shy orangutan, was obviously unhappy with her living situation at the zoo. This went into the decision of granting her rights and […]

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Contrary history - January 7, 2015


The water parks of the United States are in crisis and possibly in a few more years they will disappear. Keeping dolphins, whales and aquatic animals in tanks is completely not acceptable in the XXI century. But … In Brazil, it seems that some people live in another “galaxy”. Water parks advertisements in various locations, […]

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GAP Project wish you a Happy New Year! - December 30, 2014

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54 years of a fallacy - December 29, 2014

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This time we will not speak of non-human primates, we will focus on humans. Since I have been involved with GAP Project, I avoid entering the Cuba issue, where I was born 75 years ago. Many journalists who have visited us in Sorocaba Sanctuary want to talk about the subject, but I go out, since […]

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The case of Sandra - December 29, 2014


In the last days of 2014, the case of Sandra, a female orangutan who lives at Buenos Aires Zoo, ran the world when her rights as Non-Human Person were recognized by an Argentine Court. We will try to explain the background and details of this case so that all everyone who is accompanying this fight […]

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UN/GRASP asks for Toti’s transfer - December 19, 2014


UN Great Apes Survival Partnership – GRASP is in favor for chimpanzee Toti’s transference to Brazil GRASP has sent a letter to Bubalcó Zoo, in Argentina, asking “kindly” to the zoo to transfer the chimpanzee to GAP Sorocaba Sanctuary, in Brazil. Source (in Spanish):  

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Mexico takes animals out of circuses - December 18, 2014


Mexico has been, until now, a major center of circuses operation with animals. Some chimpanzees that were created in Brazil were sold to Mexican circuses 15 years ago. Today the Mexican Congress passed a law banning the National Wildlife species in circuses, which awaits the Presidential sanction in the coming days. The law was passed […]

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Argentine zoo that lets visitors enter the cages can be closed - December 17, 2014


Imprisoned and sedated A private zoo near Buenos Aires, Luján zoo,  which allows visitors to enter the cages of the lions and tigers, can have its doors closed by the state government. The department of land affairs considers that allowing the entry of visitors is against a law that regulates zoos and explicitly prohibits direct […]

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Campaign to transfer Blackie is suspended - December 16, 2014


When the environmentalist and great contributor to GAP, Gabriel Bitencourt, talked to us weeks ago with the idea of a campaign for the transfer of chimpanzee Blackie from Sorocaba Zoo for the Great Primates Sanctuary of Sorocaba, we accept to be part of the initiative; however, we knew that the enemies of the animal welfare […]

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Caesar: the most human of all non-humans - December 10, 2014

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Caesar completed one year old on December 10th. Just like with his sisters, his mother, Samantha, did not breastfeed him and we had to raise him. This time was different, as Caesar,  during the day, was in the Sanctuary, in his enclosure, and in the afternoon and at night he went handler Meire’s home, who […]

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The American utopia - December 9, 2014


When we started to work with GAP Project, more than one decade ago, we asked the project lawyers why they did not enter with a declaratory order in the Supreme Court of the United States prompting the basic rights of great apes and their recognition as No-Human persons. The frustrating answer was that the American […]

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Unnamed chimpanzee, isolated and under the sun - December 4, 2014

Chimpanzé Zoo Dois Irmaos

Not only in Sorocaba, São Paulo state, there is a case of a chimpanzee who lives in isolation for years and suffering with the harassment of the public. In Recife, capital of Pernambuco state, northeast of Brazil, there is a more dramatic case at Zoo “Dois Irmãos”. There is another male chimp, unnamed, isolated and […]

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Manifesto signed by 500 personalities is released - December 2, 2014


CHIMPS DECLARED AS NON HUMAN PERSONS Gran Simian Project (Spain) and GAP are releasing the World Manifesto for the recognition of great apes as nonhuman persons 2014 and request that the European Community accepts this new concept, condemning the torture of chimpanzees in Germany and the lack of a common standard requiring all members of […]

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U.S. Department of Agriculture allows animal torture - November 27, 2014


The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has the task, among others, to enforce the Animal Welfare Act, which ensures that the animals are well treated, at any branch where they are, are not tortured, have proper veterinary care and sufficient food. That’s the theory, but in practice USDA does not meet often its function and […]

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UN asks for Blackie’s transfer to GAP Sanctuary - November 25, 2014


GAP Project  received a letter (PDF bellow)  from UN/GRASP – Great Ape Survival Partnership addressed to the Mayor ot Sorocaba city,  Antonio Carlos Pannunzio, asking for the transfer of chimpanzee Blackie, who lives at the city zoo, to Sorocaba Sanctuary, affiliated to GAP. Doug Cress, GRASP Programme Coordinator, wrote: ” GRASP is committed to ensuring the […]

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Chimpanzees ‘read’ magazines and enjoy retirement in Sorocaba - November 25, 2014


Publications on celebrities are preferred by the great apes. Sanctuary is home to several species of apes, monkeys, lions and bears. by Geraldo Jr. (G1) Original text (in Portuguese): In this link you can check a video and a photo gallery of the chimpanzees in the sanctuary. Every morning, just after waking up, Guga […]

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UN/GRASP supports Blackie’s transfer to Sanctuary - November 19, 2014


UN/ GRASP – Great Ape Survival Partnership facebook page published its support to the tansfer of chimpanzee Blackie from Sorocaba zoo to the GAP Sanctuary in the same city. The Sanctuary is only 20 km far away from the zoo and there Blackie will be able to live with other 54 chimpanzees, in an environment […]

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