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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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Chantek, the orangutan who used sign language, dies at 39 - August 8, 2017

An orangutan who was one of the first apes to learn sign language has died in Atlanta, Georgia, aged 39. Chantek lived with an anthropologist in Tennessee for about nine years and learned to clean his room, make and use tools and memorise the route to a fast-food restaurant. He spent his later years in […]

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The intelligence of Great Apes - August 1, 2017

Now that I have just read this excellent article by the biologist Fernando Reinach, in newspaper O Estado de São Paulo, last July 29, which is reproduced here, I understand how the Great Apes are smart in their survival. Something I did not understand was the reason why Carol, Guga, and Samantha constantly asked me […]

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Argentine judge refuses to transfer orangutan Sandra to Great Apes Sanctuary of Sorocaba, Brazil - July 18, 2017

After several months of management, and in view of the documentation required for the transfer of the orangutan Sandra to the Great Primates Sanctuary of Sorocaba (Brazil), on July 10, 2017, Dr. Elena Liberatori, the Judge of Litigation, Administrative and Tax No. 4 of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (Argentina), “momentarily” rejected the request […]

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Nemley Jr.’s Life Was Saved in a Daring Raid. Why Did He Die Just a Few Months Later? - July 11, 2017

Dear friends, I wrote to you a few months ago about Nemley Jr., a baby chimpanzee in Ivory Coast. After being confiscated from an international smuggling ring because of the BBC’s undercover operation, he was sent to a dilapidated, underfunded city zoo. The zoo still hasn’t fully recovered from a devastating civil war when dozens […]

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Chimps’ strength secrets explained - July 3, 2017

By Paul Rincon (Science Editor – BBC News) The greater strength of chimpanzees, relative to humans, may have been explained by American scientists. A study suggests the difference is mostly due to a higher proportion in chimps of a muscle fibre type involved in powerful, rapid movements. The findings do not support previous work suggesting […]

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We need to talk about spending time with our families in zoos… - June 15, 2017

The force of events brings me back to this subject: why, in 2017, do we still take our families to spend a good time in zoos? I was struck by the news of the death of a keeper (one more) by one of the tigers she used to take care of at Hamerton Zoo Park […]

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IBM Issues Public Statement Severing Ties With New York Blood Center Over Chimp Abandonment - May 17, 2017

By Donny Moss (Their Turn) In a statement posted on its website, IBM announced that it has severed all ties with the NY Blood Center on account of the organization’s decision to abandon 66 chimpanzees with no food or water on islands in Liberia. IBM joins NYBC’s other long term corporate partners, MetLife and Citigroup, in […]

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PASA – NIGERIA, AFRICA: Help rebuild Drill Ranch with donations - May 17, 2017

Drill Ranch, a pioneering PASA member wildlife center in Nigeria, cares for over 500 extremely endangered drill monkeys and 31 chimpanzees. At best of times, providing excellent care to so many animals in such a difficult country is daunting. Seven Enclosures Were Destroyed A tragedy has laid waste to Drill Ranch. Two brutal rain and […]

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Cecilia receives visit from her saviour - May 2, 2017

Last Saturday (April 29), chimpanzee Cecilia, released through a Habeas Corpus filed by the NGO AFADA (an organization of lawyers who defend animal rights in Argentina) was visited by Pablo Buompadre, author of the HC which Judge Dr. María Alejandra Mauricio fully accepted and allowed her release from a life of infamous captivity in the former […]

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The first 20 days of Cecilia - April 25, 2017

The 20-year-old chimpanzee Cecília arrived on April 5 at the Great Apes Sanctuary of Sorocaba, affiliated to GAP Project, after two days of a journey that began in Mendoza, Argentina, where she had been living alone in a cement cage in the city’s zoo and exposed to the public. Cecilia’s story would have been one […]

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Chimpanzee Cecilia Finds Sanctuary: An Interview with GAP Brazil - April 20, 2017

By Lauren Choplin (NhRP blog) In November of 2016, an Argentine judge issued a ruling that has changed the life of a single chimpanzee—and could help do the same for other autonomous nonhuman animals. Thanks to litigation brought by an Argentine organization (AFADA) and modeled on the NhRP’s habeas petitions in the US, Cecilia—formerly held alone in captivity at […]

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GAP Mexico: A Critique of Attacks on Captive Animals - April 17, 2017

By Francel De la Huerta, Alejandra Estrada and Paulina Bermúdez (GAP Mexico) On the first trimester of the present year, during february and march, a terrible phenomenon has occurred in zoos around the world. It´s difficult to ignore the fatal attacks that captive animals living in these places have suffered, being disconcerting the intention to inflict […]

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Chimpanzee Cecilia back to nature in Brazil after misery of a jail-like zoo - April 15, 2017

efe-epa / By Carlos Meneses Sanchez Sao Paulo The chimpanzee Cecilia never knew what it was like to put her feet on the grass, she only knew the cement floor of the Argentine zoo where she was born 20 years ago. Today she breathes the fresh air of a Brazilian sanctuary surrounded by others of her […]

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A case called Cecilia: human selfishness - April 10, 2017

From distance we did not understand the situation quite completely. A Habeas Corpus filed by the AFADA Organization for the release of the chimpanzee Cecilia obtained a positive Judgment from a Court of Guarantees of the Mendoza Province that recognized her as a Subject of Law – a non-human person – and that she should […]

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Chimpanzee released by Habeas Corpus is transferred from Argentine zoo to Great Apes Sanctuary affiliated to the GAP Project in São Paulo, Brazil - April 4, 2017

Cecilia enters history as the first great ape to have the right to live in a sanctuary by means of a human legal instrument 17/04/04: The date will enter the world history of the struggle for freedom and the rights of non-human animals. The chimpanzee Cecília, who lived in the zoo in Mendoza, Argentina, arrives […]

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GAP BRAZIL: Cecília on her way - April 4, 2017

This photo is the proof that, after months of struggling to secure Cecilia’s release, her journey  to live with her peers in a non-exploitive environment, unlike where she lived for over 19 years, finally began. Cecilia is going from Mendoza to Buenos Aires on this date and from there, early tomorrow, she will board on […]

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Cecilia, first chimpanzee released by Habeas Corpus - March 30, 2017

Next week, the first chimpanzee in the world who has been released from captivity in a zoo through a human legal instrument, Habeas Corpus, will arrive at Guarulhos airport, in São Paulo, from Mendoza, Argentina. Cecília, who is the only survivor of a group of four chimpanzees who lived in the Mendoza Zoo, Argentina, already […]

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Chimpanzees are animals. But are they ‘persons’? - March 16, 2017

By Karin Brulliard (The Washington Post) The appellate division of the New York Supreme Court will hear arguments Thursday on behalf of two captive plaintiffs — both of them chimpanzees. Their self-appointed attorney, the crusading animal-rights lawyer Steven Wise, will once again be making the case that U.S. law should not consider the apes things, […]

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Rhino shot dead by poachers at French zoo - March 14, 2017

Horn removed from four-year-old Vince in ‘act of extreme violence’, says park director by Kim Willsher, in Paris (The Guardian) Poachers have broken into a French zoo, killing a four-year-old white rhinoceros and sawing off its horn. Keepers found the dead animal, named Vince, in the African enclosure of the zoo at Thoiry, west of […]

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