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How our beds are dirtier than chimpanzee nests - May 20, 2018

By Tim Walker (The Guardian) Your lily-white bed linen may, in fact, be less hygienic than the nest of an animal known for throwing its own poo around. According to a new study by researchers from North Carolina State University, chimpanzees have cleaner sleeping arrangements than humans – and that may be precisely because we […]

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Court ruling denies appeal for Tommy and Kiko, but not their rights - May 10, 2018

by ROBBY BERMAN On May 8, 2018, the New York Court of Appeals Decision once again denied the Nonhuman Rights Project’s (NhRP) petition to appeal a lower court’s ruling on the fate of chimpanzees Tommy and Kiko. Though nominally a defeat, the remarkable concurring opinion by the court’s Associate Judge Eugene M. Fahey constitutes a […]

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Hints of Human Evolution in Chimpanzees That Endure a Savanna’s Heat - May 9, 2018

By Carl Zimmer (NY Times) Nine years later, Erin Wessling can still remember the first time she visited Fongoli, a savanna in southeast Senegal. “You feel like you walk into an oven,” she said. Temperatures at Fongoli can reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit or more. During every dry season, brush fires sweep across the parched landscape, […]

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Great Ape Project is against the World Chimpanzee Day - May 9, 2018

Given the initiative launched to the media by different institutions to celebrate July 14th as the world’s chimpanzee day, the Great Ape Project estimates that in any case it should be the world day of all non human great apes (bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans), since otherwise it seems that it is trying to divide […]

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North American sanctuaries launches fundraising campaigns to support their work with rescued chimpanzees - May 8, 2018

Save the Chimps and Center for Great Apes are great apes sanctuaries located in Florida, United States. They receive chimpanzees and orangutans rescued from several kind of mistreating situations which are still allowed in the country and do their best to care and provide high standard conditions for the captive animals. But they depend very […]

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PASA/AFRICA: Babies chimpanzee and gorilla are saved, but they still need help - May 8, 2018

Just a few months ago, baby chimpanzee Tita was a victim of one of a horrific poaching story. With a lot of support and the dedicated care from the staff at Chimpanzee Conservation Center (CCC), PASA’s member organization in Guinea, Tita is growing stronger every day. She is even making new friends! Tita was just […]

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Friends of the Court – and of chimps - April 28, 2018

by Cherry Au (Dal news) Concrete walls in place of lush jungle trees, isolated confinement, rudimentary living conditions lacking enrichment opportunities: two chimpanzees by the names of Tommy and Kiko have been far removed from any semblance of their natural habitat. Ultimately, the hope is for these cognitively complex primates — humans’ closest relatives — to […]

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Guinea-Bissau transfers, for the first time, chimpanzees to Sanctuary in Kenya - April 25, 2018

With the assistance of Born Free, Bo and Bella, two rescued chimpanzees in Guinea-Bissau, will be moving to their new home at Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Kenya today. The two young chimps are victims of the illegal pet trade. Although the critically endangered western chimpanzee is fully protected by law, the practice of keeping them […]

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“I respect animals and appreciate their beauty” - April 24, 2018

Interview with Mio Hashimoto, artist and sculptor.  By Jaqueline B. Ramos* When art speaks out for respecting all forms of living beings, the experience of sensing it is unforgettable. And kind of speechless… But to try to put on words the reasons behind the beauty, I talked to Japanese artist and sculptor Mio Hashimoto, who […]

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Ape only walks upright after spending 9 years stuck in this cage - April 23, 2018

BY ELIZABETH CLAIRE ALBERTS (The Dodo) It’s been more than two decades since Poco the chimpanzee was rescued — but anyone who visits Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, where Poco now lives, is reminded of where he came from. Poco spent nine horribly long years locked inside a tiny cage, which is now displayed on the sanctuary grounds. […]

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Rescue Joanna and Rikita - April 20, 2018

Every Day is a Living Nightmare Every morning, Joanna awakes in the dark, damp corner of a cage in Angola. The floor of her prison is littered with old plastic bottles and trash that has collected over the years. She stares out beyond the metal mesh of her cage at scenery that never changes. When people […]

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For a Great Apes Law in Spain - April 12, 2018

Letter from Dr. Pedro A. Ynterian, General Secretary of GAP Project International, on support of the sanction of Spanish Great Apes Law: “GAP Project believes that extending legal rights also to chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas and orangutans is a fundamental requirement to prevent the continuation of torture and other violations to our evolutionary “brothers” – we […]

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Zoo Elephant Is So Lonely, Her Cage Is Covered With Trunk Marks From Scratching – Let’s Help Free Her! - April 2, 2018

Sunny the elephant is a heartbreaking example of what life can be like for wild animals who are forced to live in captivity. At the Nomi Ishikawa Zoo in Japan, this beautiful animal has been completely alone for 29 years – regularly shut in a small concrete cell, without ever seeing other elephants. When it […]

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Life on Earth Is Under Assault—But There’s Still Hope - March 26, 2018

A major international report on biodiversity warns of serious threats to all living things, but many solutions are available By Stephen Leahy MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA- The Earth’s life support system is failing. Nearly everywhere, the various forms of non-human life are in decline, according to a series of landmark international reports released Thursday in Medellin, Colombia. […]

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Baby Orangutan Chained Up At Zoo Is So Desperate For Help - March 22, 2018

A new video shows him reaching out to zoo visitors — but his chain is too short to reach them  BY KRISTEN WARFIELD Bolted to the ground with a thick chain around his waist, a baby orangutan at Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo in Thailand has no choice but to pose for tourists’ photos all […]

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U.S. chimp retirement gains momentum, as famed pair enters sanctuary - March 21, 2018

By David Grimm (on line news editor of Science) After years of experiments, a protracted battle to grant them legal “personhood,” and a life spent bouncing between two scientific facilities, two of the world’s most famous research chimpanzees have finally retired. Hercules and Leo arrived this morning at Project Chimps, a 95-hectare sanctuary in the […]

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A book to save apes - March 8, 2018

Breathtaking images of gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans and bonobos captured by some of the world’s top photographers are revealed in a new charity book that could help save them from extinction. A campaign to raise funds for a breathtaking new book featuring photographs of wild gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans and bonobos was launched on February. The Kickstarter […]

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Chimp Flown to Freedom - March 6, 2018

Little baby chimpanzee Mussa’s rescue was breaking news this last week. He was saved by poachers who brutally killed his mother and family. His rescue was made even more miraculous when a bush pilot with Virunga National Park offered to fly him to safety at Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Center, a PASA – Pan African Sanctuaries […]

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Venezuela’s woes spread to zoos as animals feed on each other - March 1, 2018

The situation in economically depressed Venezuela is so dire, workers at one zoo are slaughtering animals to feed others — with two emaciated pumas poster kids of sorts for the distressing state of affairs. The zoo — located in the town of San Francisco in Zulia state — closed down this month after horrific pictures […]

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Our cousins chimps and bonobos use similar sign languages - February 28, 2018

By New Scientist staff and Press Association An analysis of chimpanzee and bonobo gestures suggests that if the two apes ever come face to face, they would probably be able to understand each other . Kirsty Graham, of the University of York, UK, and her team determined the meaning of 33 different gestures made by […]

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