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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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GAP BRAZIL: Chimpanzees appreciate what is good - February 19, 2018

A few days ago we prepared the famous Brazilian cheese cake for the chimpanzees at Great Apes Sanctuary of Sorocaba and some of them had never tasted it before. Those who were not that confident wait a little bit until we eat it, so they can began to taste the little balls of cheese. The […]

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GAP BRAZIL: Alex and his different way of eating “feijoada” - February 14, 2018

Chimpanzee Alex is more than 30 years old. He has no teeth and apparently they were all surgically extracted in the circus where he used to live since he was a newborn. Besides Brazil, this circus traveled by the countries of South America. When he arrived at the Great Primates Sanctuary of Sorocaba, something that […]

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GAP BRAZIL: Luiza and her passion for jelly - February 8, 2018

This is Luiza, female chimpanzee who was born in Great Apes Sanctuary of Sorocaba, São Paulo, Brazil. She is 15 years old, is already a mother and is raising her first baby. In this image it is clear her passion for jelly! Dr. Pedro A. Ynterian General Secretary, GAP Project International

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Renowned scientist claims a ‘humanzee’ was born in an American lab before it was killed by panicked doctors in the 1920s - January 30, 2018

A scientist has claimed that a ‘humanzee’ was born in an American lab nearly 100 years ago before being killed by panicked doctors. Renowned evolutionary psychologist, Gordon Gallup, told The Sun that the human-chimpanzee hybrid was born in a lab in Orange Park, Florida. Gallup, who developed the famous mirror ‘self-recognition’ test which proved primates could acknowledge […]

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GAP Brazil: Great Apes Sanctuary of Sorocaba, negotiation with a chimpanzee - January 29, 2018

This Sunday I was in chimp Lucke’s enclosure, as I usually do when I am in the Sanctuary – to take some food that he most appreciates. While he played with the pocket of my coat, I took a nap. Usually I keep my keys in my pants pocket, where I wake up if he […]

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Paris zoo is evacuated after 52 baboons escape their enclosure - January 26, 2018

The biggest zoo in Paris went into lockdown today after around 52 ‘large and potentially very aggressive baboons’ escaped from their enclosures. All were seen running amok in the French capital’s Zoological Park, in the Vincennes woods, soon after midday, but it is thought just four remain on the loose after 48 of them were […]

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Three more chimpanzees from Argentina are transferred to a Brazilian sanctuary - January 22, 2018

January 22nd, 2018: Punia, Pweki and Zuri are about to enter in a new era of their lives. On this Tuesday, January 23rd, the chimpanzees (father, mother and daughter) are going to be transferred from the zoo of La Plata, in Argentina, to the Great Apes Sanctuary of ANAMI Institute, in Paraná, south of Brazil, […]

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The three of La Plata - January 22, 2018

We used to call them like that, throughout more than six years of conversation, bureaucracy and permissions of a lot of state departments in Argentina and Brazil. The three of La Plata belong to a family of chimpanzees that had caretaker Martin Davids dedicated to for a long period of his life, to keep them […]

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Rescued chimpanzees face an uncertain future in Nepal - January 18, 2018

By Bhadra Sharma and Kai Schultz (New York Times) KATHMANDU, Nepal — A group of plainclothes investigators assembled outside an animal smuggler’s house in the Himalayas recently, waiting for signs of life. Working off a tip that two baby chimpanzees were illegally passing through Nepal, the investigators burst into the building, where a menagerie of […]

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