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Rescued gorillas airlifted to freedom - December 11, 2017

In an extraordinary operation to return them to the wild, three critically endangered Western lowland gorillas took to the skies of West Africa. The air-transfer, organized by PASA member Projet Protection des Gorilles (PPG) and Parc de la Lekedi, brought Rapha, Mwambe, and Dikkele to their forever homes in the forests of Gabon. Against all […]

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GAP BRAZIL: Mistreated chimpanzees are rescued in refuge - December 11, 2017

The work on Great Apes Sanctuary of Sorocaba/São Paulo/Brazil, affiliated to GAP Project, is highlighted in the last edition of French newspaper Le Petit Quotidien, made for 6 to 9 year-old young readers. Check the complete article with photos (in French). Le Petit Quotidien, 11 décembre 2017 – lepq5462

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They are not properties, but how to prove it? - December 7, 2017

By Jaqueline B. Ramos * Watching a TV show about lawyers recently, I was surprised when it dropped a case involving the dispute over the custody of a chimpanzee. Veracities of the story aside, one of the advocates involved in the defense of the animal makes an outburst that sums it all up: I know […]

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Five things chimps can teach us about politics - December 4, 2017

There are incredible parallels between our political world and that of other primates. In Analysis: Primate Politics, Professor James Tilley has been finding out what we can learn about politics from the power struggles within chimpanzee groups. 1. Keep your friends close, but enemies closer Chimpanzee politics is a web of shifting alliances, and to […]

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Former zoo of Buenos Aires: AFADA makes a new request for Habeas Corpus on behalf of three chimpanzees - December 1, 2017

Martin, Sasha and Kangoo live in precarious conditions; the former zoo says the transfer is dangerous for the animals The Association of Officials and Advocates for Animal Rights (AFADA), from Argentina, has filed an application for a collective habeas corpus for Buenos Aires Justice requesting that three chimpanzees living in Ecopark be declared “subjects of […]

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GAP Project Spain/International requests the United States the immediate closure of Monkey Jungle Zoo, in Florida - November 28, 2017

GAP Project International reports the abuse and neglect of the animals at the Monkey Jungle Zoo, located in Miami-Dade, Florida, in the United States, especially the gorilla King, 48 years old, and the orangutan Mei, 32 years old. The complaint made by Melaine Lustig, a caretaker who left the zoo horrified by the treatment given […]

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The oldest chimpanzees living in captivity in the world die - November 24, 2017

Two of the oldest chimpanzees living in captivity in the world died this month. On November 15th, Little Mama, who was actually the world’s oldest living chimpanzee, believed to have been in her late 70s, died at Lion Country Safari, in West Palm Beach, United States, surround by eight other chimps. She had spent nearly […]

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Africa: Suena spent 14 years in a cage and was granted a rehabilitation program. You can help make this happen for other chimpanzees - November 16, 2017

From PASA (Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance) Suena the chimpanzee, named after the run-down “sanctuary” he lived in, was locked alone in a filthy cage for 14 years. He could never feel the touch of another chimp, climb a tree, or feel the grass at his feet. His “caregivers” weren’t given enough money to feed Suena […]

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The Gorillas Dian Fossey Saved Are Facing New Challenges - November 13, 2017

By Elizabeth Royte (National Geographic) Shortly after dawn two mountain gorillas swing gracefully over the shoulder-high stone wall that borders Volcanoes National Park in northwestern Rwanda. Landing lightly on cropped grass, the silverbacks stroll downhill through cultivated fields—knuckle-walking at first, then upright on two legs. The adult males belly up to eucalyptus trees and score […]

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Smuggled, Beaten and Drugged: The Illicit Global Ape Trade - November 10, 2017

The New York Times tracked international ape smugglers from Congolese rain forests to the back streets of Bangkok. Here is what unfolded. By Jeffrey Gettleman MBANDAKA, Democratic Republic of Congo — The sting began, as so many things do these days, on social media. Daniel Stiles, a self-styled ape trafficking detective in Kenya, had been scouring […]

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New species of orangutan announced - November 4, 2017

A new great ape species—the Tapanuli orangutan—was officially announced by an international team of scientists today. With 800 or fewer individuals, the Tapanuli orangutan is the rarest of all great apes. Previously, two species of orangutans were known—the Bornean orangutan and Sumatran orangutan. This new third species lives in North Sumatra, but is genetically and […]

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All zoos should be closed – other species have rights - October 30, 2017

By Philipe Hoare (The Guardian) When nearly 500 animals die in less than four years in one zoo, surely it’s time to reconsider this anachronistic way of showing our children that the world is full of beautiful animals What does it take to close down a zoo? The death of nearly 500 of its captives […]

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Uganda’s mountain gorillas come far closer than we expect. And that’s a good thing - September 30, 2017

BY JANE WOOLDRIDGE (Miami Herald) IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL FOREST, UGANDA The gorillas ignore us so completely that if one hadn’t brushed against my leg on her way to a new perch, we might have been invisible. We’re trying to keep the proscribed distance of 20 feet, but the family of 15 gorillas ignores the theoretical boundary. […]

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GAP BRAZIL: Check new photos of Cecília and Marcelino - September 15, 2017

Chimpanzee Cecília arrived, in April, at Great Apes Sanctuary of Sorocaba, in Brazil, affiliated to GAP Project, e since then is experience a quality of life in captivity she had never sensed, because she only knew her tiny cage in Mendoza zoo, in Argentina. The case of Cecília is a turning point in the history […]

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Pushed to the brink of extinction - September 15, 2017

By Abhijit Mohanty /Down to the Earth Chimpanzees, who share about 98 per cent of their genes with humans, are fast heading towards extinction. Among the rarest subspecies is the Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzee—less than 6,000 are left in the forests north of the Sanga River in Cameroon and in southwestern Nigeria. It has been designated as […]

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GAP has a new representative in the UK - September 14, 2017

Great Ape Project – GAP is an international movement created in 1994 whose purpose is to spread information on the basic rights to life, freedom and non-torture of the non-human great apes – Chimpanzees, Gorillas, Orangutans and Bonobos. For that, the project created the World Declaration on Great Primates, document that aims to turn these […]

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Marcelino, new mate for Argentine chimpanzee Cecilia in Brazil - September 5, 2017

EFE/EPA – São Paulo Cecilia, a chimpanzee living in a Brazilian animal refuge since arriving from Argentina in April, now has a new “companion.” For a week, Cecilia has been sharing her habitat at the refuge with Marcelino, a 10-year-old chimp born at the Sorocaba nature preserve in the interior of Sao Paulo state. Cecilia, […]

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Cecília is not alone anymore - August 28, 2017

Loneliness for a chimpanzee is the main torture that can exist. Cecilia was desperately searching for a company. It did not work with Billy, he is not interested in chimpanzees, only humans. A product of the life in a circus, which has accustomed him to this kind of fake company. Marcelino is 10 years old […]

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Love beckons for recovering monkey in chimp refuge - August 22, 2017

Marcelino is calling to her, but Cecilia cannot be with him. Not yet. He may be handsome, but she has suffered a lot and isn’t ready for a relationship. This is not a soap opera. It is just the way things go in a Brazilian refuge for abused and depressed chimpanzees. Cecilia, 20, sits on […]

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Mona: a 57 year old surviver - August 9, 2017

It is estimated that she was born in Africa in 1960. In the first record, in the United States, she appeared as a resident for 22 years at the Oklahoma Institute of Primate Studies, where she must have learned to communicate by signals. In 1982, she was sent to the Medical Torture Center called LEMSIP […]

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