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Project GAP changes board of directors - April 27, 2016

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In order to strengthen the work in Europe, where GAP has requested  UNESCO to declare the Great Apes as World Living Heritage, Pedro Pozas Terrados assumes the Presidency of GAP Project International and Paulina Bermúdez, GAP’s representative in Mexico, the Vice -presidency. I will continue to integrate the Board, as General Secretary, since the production of the site is based in […]

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Sanctuaries or showbiz: what’s the future of zoos? - April 18, 2016

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While most zoos in the US and Europe have moved away from cramped cages the tension between displaying captive animals and a scientific purpose persists. By Oliver Milman, The Guardian It hasn’t been a great month for zoos and aquariums. Seaworld finally bowed to pressure to end its captive orca breeding program, three US zoos were […]

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A farewell to Mandy - March 29, 2016

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“What do we live for; if it is not to make life less difficult for each other” – George Elliot Mandy (1975 – 2016) Mandy was one of the smallest and cutest chimpanzees we ever had the pleasure to know. She, like all of our older chimpanzee residents, was born in Africa. After being captured […]

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Tell UNESCO to recognize great apes as Living World Heritage - March 23, 2016

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Bonobos, orangutans, chimpanzees and gorillas are facing extinction. Please support the Great Ape Project’s call for UNESCO to recognize our closest relatives as a Living World Heritage before it’s too late. Know more and sign the petition here.

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An unexpected birth - March 17, 2016

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While still recovering from floods in recent weeks and after the measures of emergencies that have been taken to prevent the destruction of its facilities, the Primate Sanctuary of Ngamba Island, in Africa, witnessed an unexpected birth: an adolescent female chimpanzee, called Kyewunyo, gave birth to a baby girl, even having an implanted contraceptive, which apparently […]

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Judge of Mendoza, Argentina, decides to send Cecilia to Brazil - March 2, 2016

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Judge Maria Alejandra Mauritius, from city of Mendoza, Argentina, decided within a process of Habeas Corpus, initiated by AFADA organization – Association Employees and Lawyers fighting for the rights of animals, that female chimpanzee Cecilia should be transferred to Great Primates Sanctuary of Sorocaba, affiliated to GAP Project. Cecilia, 19, lives alone in the zoo […]

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Open debate: should zoos exist? - February 24, 2016

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In the coming days, Rio de Janeiro City Hall will review, perhaps from private sources, proposals to lease the city’s Zoo, which is closed due to dozens of irregularities and mistreatment of animals, who sadly live there. The concept of zoos is completely outdated, but Brazil still insists they must exist, as places for humans fun and […]

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Boitatá Operation: the one million dollar snake - February 11, 2016

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It was June 2011, Carlos Magno Abreu, environmental analyst at IBAMA (Brazilian Federal Environment Institute), better known as “Batata”, entered Zoonit, in Rio de Janeiro, in the operation of IBAMA supported by Federal Police to close that center of mistreatment and trafficking of animals. He stopped in front of the enclosure of the most famous […]

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Baron cannot go back to a cage - February 3, 2016

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This gentle and cheerful chimpanzee is again in danger of returning to a cage, as he has lived for years when used to be negotiated by a Ugandan dealer that neither gave him nutritious food. A rescue team of Ngamba Island Sanctuary had to ask for help from the police to release Baron of his […]

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The death of a solitary - January 20, 2016

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We found him in the wagon of a traveling circus in a small town in Minas Gerais state in the company of a big black bear, with whom he shared that improvised home. His name was Bob. We brought him with his friend bear to the Great Apes Sanctuary of Sorocaba. On the first day […]

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The cleverness of a baby chimpanzee - January 12, 2016

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In the heavy rains in Sorocaba area in the last few days, the Great Ape Sanctuary had its share. There were floods in the lakes and the great amount of water ran to the small river where they flow, becoming a heavy torrent. Thirteen years ago, we took Guga’s group, babies at the time, to this river to […]

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African sanctuary flooded - December 29, 2015

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The floods that affect South America, especially this year, due to “El Niño” is also affecting Africa. Heavy rains are flooding large African areas and in recent days the Sanctuary of Ngamba Island, which hosts 48 chimpanzees in Uganda, also went into crisis. PASA – Pan-African Sanctuaries Alliance  had to help this sanctuary, since the facilities […]

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The hunt for bears: Terrorism in Florida - December 23, 2015

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Almost 4000 hunters – 3779 – bought the license of the State of Florida put in sale between September and October to hunt 320 black bears, which for 21 years have been protected from murderous rage hunters – who seem more terrorists than anything else. Weeks before the “D” day to hunt bears, a large […]

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Chimpanzees: North-American drama - December 22, 2015

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After the determination of NIH – US National Health Institute – of retiring all chimpanzees who belong to it and are distributed in various institutions of biomedical research, which were torture centers for these unfortunate for over 50 years, a dilemma is being openly debated, typical of an extreme capitalist country. At the Faculty of […]

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GAP Project wish you a Merry Christmas! - December 16, 2015

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The delicacy of chimpanzees - December 16, 2015

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One thing I have learned in my 15 years living with chimpanzees is to enjoy the delicacy they have when dealing with their similar or with humans that they trust. Through movies, testimonials, stories and even statements of primatologists who have never had the good fortune to live with these primates, it has been widespread […]

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PASA: rescuing chimpanzees and great apes - December 15, 2015

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PASA – Pan African Sanctuary Alliance – today has 22 member sanctuaries and rescue centers in 13 African countries. For over 15 years, these NGOs have rescued great apes, who were in danger of death or of being smuggled to China or Arab countries, which would keep them in bad structured or private collectors hands. […]

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The last 50 tortured - November 25, 2015

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Last week, NIH – US National Institute of Health announced that the last 50 chimpanzees who were chosen absurdly by the Institute as a strategic reserve, in case they had to use them in biomedical experiments, were also being released and will not be used anymore. For decades, NIH encouraged medical torture experiments in great […]

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GAP Chile: “Put yourself in the place of Sandai” - November 24, 2015

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On Saturday, November 21, we completed our first intervention in central Santiago (Ahumada Park), called “Put yourself in the place of Sandai”. More than two dozen activists participated displaying a picture with half of Sandai’s face, covering their own faces. In this way it was represented that we put ourselves in his place, that we […]

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Peter Singer supports campaign “Great Apes – Living World Heritage” - November 18, 2015

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Philosopher Peter Singer, one of the founders of GAP Project and considered the father of the movement for the defense of animal rights, has signed the letter of adhesion to the campaign Great Apes – Living World Heritage, advocated by GAP with Unesco. He recorded a video explaining  the reason for the support and the […]

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