Chimps in Sierra Leon Need Help in the Wake of Ebola Outbreak - October 30, 2014


When the outbreak first began there was much discussion about how the virus can be fostered in animals and transferred to humans through the consumption of bushmeat. But what about the animals who have come into contact with the disease through their human caretakers – or even the animals that have lost their guardians to this […]

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Documentary shows the island where chimpanzees who survived lab tests live - October 28, 2014


They have been used as laboratory guinea pigs, but resisted the diseases and two civil wars The documentary “The Island of the Apes” is the result of a production that went to Liberia to show a region occupied by chimpanzees only. The online magazine Motherboard team visited the country to show that peaceful interaction between […]

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Rescue completed: all animals are fine and in their enclosures - October 24, 2014

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Check some photos of the  animals rescued from a zoo  in the northeast of Brazil, who are already in the Sanctuary of the Great Apes and Felines of Sorocaba, in their enclosures. The photos show the truck with the shipping boxes and the chimpanzees Jamaica, Maria das Dores and Martin, and Chitara and Kiara, the […]

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Rescue underway: three chimpanzees and two lionesses from a zoo to GAP Sanctuary - October 21, 2014

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After a few weeks of preparation, the largest single rescue that Great Apes and Feline Sanctuary of Sorocaba, affiliated to GAP Project, ever made got started today, October 21st.  Three chimpanzees, one male and two females, two lionesses are on track to Sorocaba, after being packed in shipping boxes. The trip was expected to take […]

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100,000 non-human primates being tortured - October 16, 2014


NGO NEAVS, which a few years ago launched the Project R & R to free chimpanzees of medical torture in North American laboratories, is celebrating this week “The Primate Liberation Week”. Project R & R, in conjunction with other organizations, including GAP Project, has achieved that NIH –  National Health Institute – stop funding the […]

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Human baby taken by chimpanzees - October 16, 2014


As the African forests disappear at an unprecedented speed, the communities of free-living chimpanzees are more in touch with human communities. In western Uganda, in Hoima and Bunyoro regions, forests are disappearing at a rate of 8,367 hectares per year. In 15 years there will be no more forests at Ugandan territory, and communities of […]

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Are we the only primates with culture? - October 15, 2014


By primatologist José María Bermúdez de Castro – Scientific Advisor to the Gran Simio Project (GAP/PGS Spain) If we ask what culture is, everyone will have difficulties to give a precise definition. Human culture includes various aspects, and it is very difficult to summarize and synthesize their meaning in a nutshell. Among these aspects, we […]

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A new study reveals that zoos are not educational for children - October 9, 2014


HARMFUL TO HUMANS AND ANIMALS Zoos try to hide the cruelty of captivity behind a mask of “education for conservation”. But a new study shows that learning is not usually the result. The information is from NGO PETA Latino. British sociologists gathered data from children between 7 and 15 years old, before and after visiting […]

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Zoos: Business desks - October 8, 2014

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Fifteen years ago, when I entered the world of non-human primates, I began to criticize the zoos, which until that time I had in high esteem. Private persons, circuses and commercial breeders used to make partnerships with public, the majority, and private zoos in Brazil. These partnerships led to delivery to zoos, or they sending […]

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Educational TV for monkeys - October 2, 2014

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By Fernando Reinach, Biologist (O Estado de SP newspaper) In Aldeia, countryside of Pernambuco state, in Brazil, British and Austrian scientists demonstrated for the first time that monkeys can be educated through television. I suppose you know how to peel a tangerine, but you remember how you learned? Most likely it was during your childhood, […]

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Animal models are no longer needed - October 1, 2014


The Nobel Prize in Medicine, Sydney Brenner, speaking on the 1st Forum of Tomorrow Medicine, held last weekend at Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, dismissed the need to use animal models to study human diseases. An article of Valor newspaper highlighted: “According to Brenner, it will need to be produced a new generation […]

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Invasion of airspace - October 1, 2014

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The area where the Great Ape Sanctuary is located in Sorocaba, near Castelo Branco highway, is also close to an area of ​​upscale condominiums, which generates considerable traffic of helicopters, especially on weekends, and this is beginning to disturb the animals who live there. In the last few weeks, helicopters, mainly, have been flying over […]

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We are similar even in our defects - September 25, 2014


Years ago, when I used to go with Guga’s group – five chimpanzees – in the woods of the sanctuary for two hours for them to play, I tried to teach them to collaborate in the work we had to do. We have a small river in the area, where they went to have fun. […]

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Indian Zoo: Tiger Kills Man Who Climbed Into Moat - September 23, 2014


By MUNEEZA NAQVI Associated Press A white tiger killed a young man who climbed over a fence at the New Delhi zoo and jumped into the animal’s enclosure Tuesday, a spokesman said. Despite repeated warnings that he shouldn’t get too close to the outdoor enclosure, the man eventually climbed over a knee-high fence, through some […]

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World Manifesto: recognition of great apes as non human persons - September 18, 2014


It is commom sense to affirm  that if you are talking about persons you are talking about humans.  In fact, it is not so, since we have granted legal status of personhood to foundations or corporations, and for creationists there are divine persons. We believe that it is time to fix this to great apes. […]

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Controversy in Argentina: do chimpanzees have rights? - September 17, 2014


As a repercussion of  the application of freedom for chimpanzees Toti and Monti, in Argentine zoos, and of the visit of Pedro Pozas Terrados, president of Gran Simio Project, of Spain, to the country, to give several lectures and be honored by the University of Cordoba, this controversy, which started a few months ago, has […]

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Toti incommunicado! - September 17, 2014


A few days ago, the representative of GAP project in Rio Negro, Argentina, Melina Mel Martinez, tried to visit chimpanzee Toti, who is kept in a cage at Bubalcó zoo in that locality, but she was forbidden to enter by the Administrator of the zoo. Milena has an annual pass, which is not cheap, and […]

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Argentina: Pedro Pozas Terrados , director of GAP Spain, was declared distinguished guest by Cordoba National University - September 12, 2014


During his visit to Argentina, Pedro Pozas Terrados, director of GAP Project Spain (PGS), was recognized as a militant in the fight for animal rights. Dr. Francisco Tamarit, dean of Cordoba National University (UNC), gave him, on September 11,  a diploma that declares he was a distinguished guest.. Terrados is the executive director of PGS, […]

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10 Ways These Historic Chimps Are Enjoying Retirement - September 10, 2014


August 18, 2014 by Michael Sharp They’ve already checked “road tripping through the South” off their retirement bucket list. Now they’re making their way through “trying out acrobatics” and “chowing down on a tropical treat.” Yes, for these 110 chimpanzees—the largest group of government-owned chimps ever sent to sanctuary—the golden years are off to a […]

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NIH: mistake or a trick? - September 2, 2014


NIH – United States National Health Institute – affirmed months ago that it had decided to retire all of its chimpanzees, but a strategic reserve of 50 individuals, for use in medical torture in emergency cases. But yet the promise “remains a promise” and 360 beings remain in the same torture centers where they have […]

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