Gorilla escape in London Zoo: Looking for freedom - October 24, 2016


In late 2007, I was in England and I made a point of going to London Zoo, to visit the newly opened and trendy Gorilla Kingdom. By the nature of my work, I went with the critical keen sense, already expecting what I would find in a situation of great apes forcibly exposed to the […]

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Chimpanzee seen smoking at North Korea’s reopened zoo - October 20, 2016


Visitors to a newly reopened zoo in North Korea have been flocking to a new attraction: a smoking chimpanzee. According to officials at the Central zoo in Pyongyang, which has been criticised for animal cruelty in the past, the 19-year-old female chimpanzee Azalea, Dallae in Korean, smokes a pack a day. The chimpanzee can use […]

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Humans aren’t the only great apes that can ‘read minds’ - October 7, 2016


By Virginia Morell (Science AAAS) All great mind reading begins with chocolate. That’s the basis for a classic experiment that tests whether children have something called theory of mind—the ability to attribute desires, intentions, and knowledge to others. When they see someone hide a chocolate bar in a box, then leave the room while a […]

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The innocent guilty - October 5, 2016


In an unfortunate article published in Brazilian magazine Isto É this week, signed by journalist Raul Montenegro, a complaint that should put humans as victimizers convert them into victims and chimpanzees, in guilty. The article is based on the abandonment of a group of chimpanzees in an ignored island in the African country of Liberia. […]

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New data shows ‘staggering’ extent of great ape trade - October 4, 2016


By Matt McGrath, Environment correspondent, Johannesburg A new database suggests say there has been a dramatic under-reporting of the live, illegal trade in great apes. Around 1,800 orangutans, chimpanzees and gorillas were seized in 23 different countries since 2005, the figures show. Since 90% of the cases were within national borders they didn’t appear in major […]

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Bacteria, monkeys and men - September 29, 2016


By Drauzio Varella The evolutionary process of our species was not lonely. In the intimacy of our viscera, trillions of bacteria followed the same track as long as we go down the trees in the savannas of Africa. In the course of millions of years, we have lost some germs that persist to this day […]

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PASA denounces transfer of chimpanzees used in primatology center in the US to a Zoo in England - September 28, 2016


Yerkes Primate Center, which belongs to Emory University, tortured, for almost a century, chimpanzees, claiming scientific and biomedical research reasons. Due to the cruelty of Yerkes and the direction of the University that maintains it, which has no limits, it is intended that the last seven unfortunates who remained there to be sent to a […]

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Help abandoned chimpanzees in Liberia - September 21, 2016


Humane Society has launched one more campaign on behalf of the more than 60 chimpanzees who were abandoned for their own luck in Liberia by New York Blood Center (NYBC) over a year ago, when all the funding committed to their care was simply withdrew. After making millions by doing invasive experiments on our closest […]

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Touching Photo Captures the Moment a Traumatized Baby Chimp Felt Safe for the First Time - September 9, 2016


By Kate Good (One Green Planet) There is nothing sweeter than the face of a wild baby monkey. These animals have the biggest, cutest eyes that express an inexplicable wisdom and knowledge that makes us absolutely fall head over heels for them. With their amazing ability to wrap their little tails around our hearts, monkeys […]

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Four out of six great apes one step away from extinction – IUCN Red List - September 5, 2016


Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, 4 September 2016 (IUCN) – The Eastern Gorilla – the largest living primate – has been listed as Critically Endangered due to illegal hunting, according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ released today at the IUCN World Conservation Congress taking place in Hawaiʻi. Four out of six […]

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Deconstruction of zoos - August 25, 2016


One of the world’s oldest Zoos, in Buenos Aires, located at the Palermo district, with 140 years of existence, will close its doors after a a political decision of the Province of Buenos Aires, which is its owner. The 1,500 animals living there will be spared public visitation and the constant stress of being displayed […]

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Lab chimps retire to Louisiana sanctuary - August 24, 2016


A better life and some old friends greeted New Mexico chimps removed from lab in Texas After 30 plus years and more than 500 painful, invasive medical procedures, 19 New Mexico chimpanzees confined to a Texas research facility can finally live a better life at Chimp Haven, a sanctuary in Keithville, La. Animal Protection of […]

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Buenos Aires zoo to close after 140 years: ‘Captivity is degrading’ - August 23, 2016


Buenos Aires has announced plans to close down its 140-year-old zoo, arguing that keeping wild animals in captivity and on display is degrading. Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta said that the zoo’s 2,500 animals will be gradually moved to nature reserves in Argentina which can provide a more suitable environment. The 44-acre zoo in the Palermo […]

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Toward Animal Personhood: Why They Need Legal Rights - July 25, 2016


By Steven M. Wise – to Foreign Affairs Every year, humans inflict tremendous suffering upon other animals. Humans hunt them by the millions, farm them by the billions, and fish them by the trillions. In circuses, zoos, rodeos, puppy mills, fur farms, factory farms, marine parks, and laboratories, humans routinely abuse and slaughter animals. They […]

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The dignity of Great Apes is inviolable - July 25, 2016


Interview: Peter Singer – Deutsche Welle (DW) Bantu, the gorilla who died in a zoo in the Mexican capital, was one of the last of the Mohicans. DW spoke with Australian philosopher Peter Singer, practice ethical philosopher, referring to animal rights. Bantu was the only male low-land gorilla, a species native to the African plains […]

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Milan Starostik: They will miss you - July 19, 2016

Milan e Anita Starostik

When, just over 6 months ago, I was writing the article “A tribute of chimpanzees,” I never thought that so soon I would have to speak again of that great man, who were among the few people in the world who knew how to love and fight for the great apes in much of his […]

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Orangutan flirts with freedom at the Kansas City Zoo - July 6, 2016

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BY MATT CAMPBELL A female Bornean orangutan managed to get on top of the outdoor wall surrounding the ape exhibit at the Kansas City Zoo on Sunday afternoon. The animal quickly re-entered the exhibit and did not have contact with zoo visitors. The zoo activated a Code Red and instructed visitors to stay indoors until […]

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Rakker is 26 years old - June 30, 2016

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Rakker and Simon (Sam) came from the Netherlands a decade ago. They were brought up together, but Rakker did not have the same luck that Sam as a baby. They were introduced to a group of adult males and females to be integrated. Sam was accepted but Rakker was very beaten, especially by female chimpanzees, […]

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Great Ape Project denounces a Spanish Royal Decree in the EU that opposes to CITES agreement - June 27, 2016


Great Ape Project has recently asked the European Parliament to repeal the Royal Decree 1333/2006 which regulates the destiny of animals who are seized in Spain, for the decree is considered to go against the international rules from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). In fact, according […]

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Zoos: Obsolete facilities from the XXI century - June 9, 2016


THE GUANTANAMO OF THE ANIMAL KINGDOM by PEDRO POZAS TERRADOS Executive Director Proyecto Gran Simio (GAP Spain) / President, GAP Project International Great Ape Project International, which works with the aim of getting the great apes’ basic rights, the end of the captivity of non-human living beings and the closing of shows concerning cetaceans, jailed in bathtubs […]

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