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GAP IVORY COAST: Forests Cavally and Goin Débé biodiversity threatened by cocoa production - January 19, 2017

By Serge Soiret The forests of Cavally and Goin Débé, the last ones still well protected in Ivory Coast are threatened! Why? Because 40 % of the national production of cocoa come from these forests. Ivory Coast (West Africa country) is the world’s largest producer of brown gold since 1978. According to a governmental report […]

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GAP Mexico: Invictus – How a black bear helped end cruelty in Mexican circuses - January 16, 2017

In Mexico, it took the fight to end the cruelty of the circuses that exploit animals more than a decade to achieve its main goal. The story of an American black bear contributed in stopping this animal abuse. This American black bear was called Nait the Dancer, and was forced to make tricks on a […]

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Cost of imprisoned primates - January 5, 2017

The massacre and flight of human prisoners in Manaus prisons in the state of Amazonas, north of Brazil, has sparked a debate in Brazilian society about the cost of keeping human primates prisoners. Due to the disparity of costs that we are going to display here, there is no doubt something strange exists in the […]

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GAP Project wishes all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! - December 22, 2016

We wish everyone a peacefull Christmas and a prosperous new year. And also lots of achievements for our cause: the fight for the rights of great apes!

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Baby Chimp Makes New Friends While He Waits To Reunite With Mom - December 19, 2016

By Elizabeth Claire Alberts (The Dodo) Little Larry the chimp was a big surprise to everyone — perhaps even his own mother. Little Larry’s mother Loko has lived at a sanctuary in Cameroon run by Ape Action Africa since 2007, when she lost her own mom to poachers as a baby. Loko is now 10 […]

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Orangutan in Zoo Who Refuses to be Caged Causes $200,000 Worth of Damage - December 14, 2016

Orangutans are incredible primates, they are highly social, emotional, and intelligent. Amazingly, orangutans share 97 percent of the same DNA as humans. Sadly, despite the genetic and social similarities that we might share with orangutans, some people insist on keeping these beautiful creatures held in captivity. One orangutan, captive at the St. Louis Zoo, is […]

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Fidel Castro: A fraud - November 29, 2016

TV show “Fantástico” (Globo channel) exhibited last Sunday, November 27 (watch here, in Portuguese), an interview in which I talked about an operation carried out by the Student Revolutionary Directory of Cuba (DRE, in Spanish), which I chaired in Exile in 1962, to try to assassinate dictator Fidel Castro during an event in Havana. It […]

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Historic court ruling in Argentina orders zoo chimpanzee is moved to Sanctuary affiliated to GAP Project - November 7, 2016

A historic court judgment for Animal Rights struggle was featured in the world press last week. Thanks to an application for Habeas Corpus request by AFADA (Argentina Lawyers Association for the Rights of Animals), Judge Maria Alejandra Mauricio determined that chimpanzee Cecilia, who lives at the zoo in the city of Mendoza, is a “subject […]

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Gorilla escape in London Zoo: Looking for freedom - October 24, 2016

In late 2007, I was in England and I made a point of going to London Zoo, to visit the newly opened and trendy Gorilla Kingdom. By the nature of my work, I went with the critical keen sense, already expecting what I would find in a situation of great apes forcibly exposed to the […]

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Chimpanzee seen smoking at North Korea’s reopened zoo - October 20, 2016

Visitors to a newly reopened zoo in North Korea have been flocking to a new attraction: a smoking chimpanzee. According to officials at the Central zoo in Pyongyang, which has been criticised for animal cruelty in the past, the 19-year-old female chimpanzee Azalea, Dallae in Korean, smokes a pack a day. The chimpanzee can use […]

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Humans aren’t the only great apes that can ‘read minds’ - October 7, 2016

By Virginia Morell (Science AAAS) All great mind reading begins with chocolate. That’s the basis for a classic experiment that tests whether children have something called theory of mind—the ability to attribute desires, intentions, and knowledge to others. When they see someone hide a chocolate bar in a box, then leave the room while a […]

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The innocent guilty - October 5, 2016

In an unfortunate article published in Brazilian magazine Isto É this week, signed by journalist Raul Montenegro, a complaint that should put humans as victimizers convert them into victims and chimpanzees, in guilty. The article is based on the abandonment of a group of chimpanzees in an ignored island in the African country of Liberia. […]

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New data shows ‘staggering’ extent of great ape trade - October 4, 2016

By Matt McGrath, Environment correspondent, Johannesburg A new database suggests say there has been a dramatic under-reporting of the live, illegal trade in great apes. Around 1,800 orangutans, chimpanzees and gorillas were seized in 23 different countries since 2005, the figures show. Since 90% of the cases were within national borders they didn’t appear in major […]

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Bacteria, monkeys and men - September 29, 2016

By Drauzio Varella The evolutionary process of our species was not lonely. In the intimacy of our viscera, trillions of bacteria followed the same track as long as we go down the trees in the savannas of Africa. In the course of millions of years, we have lost some germs that persist to this day […]

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PASA denounces transfer of chimpanzees used in primatology center in the US to a Zoo in England - September 28, 2016

Yerkes Primate Center, which belongs to Emory University, tortured, for almost a century, chimpanzees, claiming scientific and biomedical research reasons. Due to the cruelty of Yerkes and the direction of the University that maintains it, which has no limits, it is intended that the last seven unfortunates who remained there to be sent to a […]

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Help abandoned chimpanzees in Liberia - September 21, 2016

Humane Society has launched one more campaign on behalf of the more than 60 chimpanzees who were abandoned for their own luck in Liberia by New York Blood Center (NYBC) over a year ago, when all the funding committed to their care was simply withdrew. After making millions by doing invasive experiments on our closest […]

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Touching Photo Captures the Moment a Traumatized Baby Chimp Felt Safe for the First Time - September 9, 2016

By Kate Good (One Green Planet) There is nothing sweeter than the face of a wild baby monkey. These animals have the biggest, cutest eyes that express an inexplicable wisdom and knowledge that makes us absolutely fall head over heels for them. With their amazing ability to wrap their little tails around our hearts, monkeys […]

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Four out of six great apes one step away from extinction – IUCN Red List - September 5, 2016

Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, 4 September 2016 (IUCN) – The Eastern Gorilla – the largest living primate – has been listed as Critically Endangered due to illegal hunting, according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ released today at the IUCN World Conservation Congress taking place in Hawaiʻi. Four out of six […]

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Deconstruction of zoos - August 25, 2016

One of the world’s oldest Zoos, in Buenos Aires, located at the Palermo district, with 140 years of existence, will close its doors after a a political decision of the Province of Buenos Aires, which is its owner. The 1,500 animals living there will be spared public visitation and the constant stress of being displayed […]

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Lab chimps retire to Louisiana sanctuary - August 24, 2016

A better life and some old friends greeted New Mexico chimps removed from lab in Texas After 30 plus years and more than 500 painful, invasive medical procedures, 19 New Mexico chimpanzees confined to a Texas research facility can finally live a better life at Chimp Haven, a sanctuary in Keithville, La. Animal Protection of […]

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