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GAP Brazil: Chimpanzee Black is transferred to the Great Apes Sanctuary of Sorocaba - May 6, 2019

After 15 years of struggle and a lot of negotiations, male chimpanzee Black, aged approximately 50 years old, was finally transferred from the zoo “Quinzinho de Barros”, in Sorocaba, São Paulo state (SP), Brazil, to the Great Apes Sanctuary in the same city, a space affiliated to the GAP Project . Black’s move was scheduled […]

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Brazil, São Paulo: Doria’s dilemma – “Zoo, close or privatize?” - April 9, 2019

An announcement made by João Dória, state Governor for São Paulo, published a few days ago by Brazilian press indicates that a project is being set up to privatize the Botanical Garden, which has an annual deficit of four million Brazilian Reais, joining the São Paulo Zoo and Simba Safari Park , which operate together […]

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Africa: Disease outbreak strikes sanctuary. You can help save the life of chimpanzees - April 9, 2019

From PASA – Pan African Sanctuary Alliance A deadly respiratory infection has swept through the chimpanzee social groups at Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a PASA member in Kenya. Within a week, almost every one of the sanctuary’s 39 rescued and orphaned chimpanzees became sick. It’s the worst disease outbreak the sanctuary has ever seen! Ajabu, a […]

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Save the Chimps: Check an amazing aerial view of the sanctuary - April 8, 2019

From Save the Chimps We are happy to share the news that we met our $25,000 goal for the 2019 Golf Cart Campaign. Thanks to many generous donors, we have the funds to purchase 10 gently used golf carts to replace one-third of our fleet. These carts are coming off of their initial lease from […]

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Indonesia: An endangered orangutan was shot 74 times. She’s blind but survived — her baby did not. - March 24, 2019

By Angela Fritz (The Washington Post) She was probably lounging in the treetops, where Sumatran orangutans spend almost all of their time, with her month-old baby in tow. She might have been breast-feeding. Little is known about how the pair found themselves in the tragic situation, but at some point, the shooting started. Bullets from […]

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PASA/Africa: Chimp families wiped out across West Africa. Help save them. - March 22, 2019

From PASA – Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance Did you know that in the last 20 years, 80% of the western chimpanzee population has been wiped out? There is a vicious new crisis brewing in West Africa. You might remember Tita, a baby chimpanzee who was rescued from smugglers. Now she lives at the Chimpanzee Conservation […]

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The truth about Bubbles - March 18, 2019

From Center for Great Apes Currently there are a rash of online articles about Bubbles, a resident chimpanzee at the Center for Great Apes. Many false statements have been made by online media sites and television programs, so it’s important to state the facts clearly. Most of the articles written about Bubbles are wild conjectures […]

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Chimpanzees Are Going Through a Tragic Loss - March 9, 2019

By fragmenting forests and killing off individuals, humans are stopping the flow of ideas among our closest relatives. By Ed Yong (The Atlantic) Imagine that an alien species landed on Earth and, through their mere presence, those aliens caused our art to vanish, our music to homogenize, and our technological know-how to disappear. That is […]

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Chimpanzee escapes cage in Angola - March 7, 2019

A caretaker’s neglect at the Bantu Resort zoo resulted in the escape of a chimpanzee from a cage, last Wednesday, towards a public road, an unusual case that attracted the curiosity of those who observed, with some fear of mixing, the eight-year-old ape, reported the “Jornal de Angola”. “King,” the name for which the chimpanzee […]

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Chinese dam project in Guinea could kill up to 1,500 chimpanzees - March 1, 2019

From the Guardian Up to 1,500 chimpanzees could be killed by a new Chinese dam that will swamp a crucial sanctuary for the endangered primate in Guinea, experts have warned. The 294MW Koukoutamba dam will be built by Sinohydro, the world’s biggest hydroelectric power plant construction company, in the middle of a newly declared protected […]

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Africa/DRC: Doguy didn’t need surgery and is doing well! - February 28, 2019

From J.A.C.K Sanctuary Last Thursday, February 21st, was a very important day for our young chimpanzee since the two veterinarians had arrived from Johannesburg to check and operate his left eye. In a few words, know that all went well! Thursday morning, Doguy was sedated and transfered to a clinic. Our sanctuary has a brand […]

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Support PASA and help to save lives - February 27, 2019

From PASA – Pan African Sanctuary Alliance No one knew if Likoni would survive when he arrived at Colobus Conservation, a PASA member sanctuary in Kenya. This helpless baby monkey had been viciously attacked by people with machetes. They left him alone to die. Thankfully someone witnessed this cruelty and called Colobus Conservation’s 24-hour rescue […]

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The Tapanuli Orangutan: What does it take to discover a new great ape species? - February 25, 2019

By Laurel Neme (Mongabay) When an international team of scientists published their description of a new ape species, the Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis), in the journal Current Biology in November 2017, it marked the culmination of years of painstaking research. It also highlighted the urgent need to protect this rare ape and save its rapidly […]

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Children of Conservation, Africa: Chimfunshi Community School Project, when conservation meets education - February 18, 2019

Chimfunshi is one of the oldest and largest chimpanzee reserves in the world and is internationally recognized as such.  The Zambian wildlife orphanage shelters 120 chimpanzees and employs and feeds 70 families – about 300 people, 150 of whom are children.  Chimfunshi is an important local employer that offers residents work as animal keepers, technical staff and […]

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Katie 1995-2019 - February 16, 2019

By Patti Ragan, Center for the Great Apes Dear CGA Members and Friends, The hardest letter I ever have to write is that of notifying our members and supporters of the loss of one of our precious great ape residents. I am deeply sorry to tell you the sad news that our beloved and beautiful chimpanzee […]

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Alert! Wild chimpanzees die from human common cold - February 14, 2019

By Jaqueline B. Ramos* In our long term relationship with non human animals, usually men are considered the most important among all living beings. From this point of view, zoonotic diseases were always a concern. Little analytical effort though have been made to the other way round – and when animals are infected by human […]

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PASA/Africa: The successful rescue of Bo and Bella - February 13, 2019

From PASA – Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance In the beginning of 2018, baby female chimpanzees Bo and Bella were orphaned by hunters in Guinea Bissau, who planned to sell them on the black market. Luckily they are now thriving in their new home at Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a PASA member in Kenya. Last November, these […]

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Entries now open for Artevista 2nd Edition: ‘Hunting is not cool’ - February 12, 2019

Entries are now open for the 2nd Artevista – Art in defense of animals | Drawing and Painting contest, promoted by Olhar Animal, a non-profit organization, with support from MICA – Movimento Infanto-juvenil Crescendo com Arte. The main goal is to stimulate the respect towards nonhuman animal interests and the action in defense of these […]

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Ritt 1994-2018 - February 12, 2019

From Save the Chimps We announce with heavy hearts the passing of our dear friend Ritt, a sweet and playful male chimpanzee from Kiley’s family. Ritt was known for his gentle heart, his dependable friendship, and his many adorable quirks that made him so unique. Ritt was born January 13, 1994 to his mother Frieda […]

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Chimpanzees escape from Belfast Zoo enclosure using tree branch ladder - February 11, 2019

Chimpanzees made an improvised ladder out of fallen tree branches to escape from their enclosure at Belfast Zoo. The animals were caught on video climbing over the wall and walking calmly around the attraction in Northern Ireland on Saturday. One adult chimpanzee passed just feet from four children enjoying a family trip to the zoo. […]

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