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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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The amazing story of Wounda, the chimp behind the hug with Dr. Jane Goodall - January 11, 2018

As Dr. Jane Goodall discovered nearly 60 years ago, chimpanzees are so like us; complex and intelligent beings sharing much of our emotions like fear, compassion, and love. When considering these traits, one chimpanzee in particular stands out: Her name is Wounda. You may have seen Wounda in the Jane Goodall Institute video depicting what […]

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Even chimps want to see Justice served - January 11, 2018

By Kate Wheeling Chimpanzees and children as young as six will pay to see offenders punished, suggesting justice-seeking behavior in humans has deep evolutionary roots Humans are social animals. We feel bad when misfortune befalls our friends, and pleasure when it befalls our foes. Plenty of research has documented justice-seeking behavior in adults, even pursuing […]

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GAP Project wishes all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! - December 22, 2017

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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Rescued gorillas airlifted to freedom - December 11, 2017

In an extraordinary operation to return them to the wild, three critically endangered Western lowland gorillas took to the skies of West Africa. The air-transfer, organized by PASA member Projet Protection des Gorilles (PPG) and Parc de la Lekedi, brought Rapha, Mwambe, and Dikkele to their forever homes in the forests of Gabon. Against all […]

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GAP BRAZIL: Mistreated chimpanzees are rescued in refuge - December 11, 2017

The work on Great Apes Sanctuary of Sorocaba/São Paulo/Brazil, affiliated to GAP Project, is highlighted in the last edition of French newspaper Le Petit Quotidien, made for 6 to 9 year-old young readers. Check the complete article with photos (in French). Le Petit Quotidien, 11 décembre 2017 – lepq5462

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They are not properties, but how to prove it? - December 7, 2017

By Jaqueline B. Ramos * Watching a TV show about lawyers recently, I was surprised when it dropped a case involving the dispute over the custody of a chimpanzee. Veracities of the story aside, one of the advocates involved in the defense of the animal makes an outburst that sums it all up: I know […]

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Five things chimps can teach us about politics - December 4, 2017

There are incredible parallels between our political world and that of other primates. In Analysis: Primate Politics, Professor James Tilley has been finding out what we can learn about politics from the power struggles within chimpanzee groups. 1. Keep your friends close, but enemies closer Chimpanzee politics is a web of shifting alliances, and to […]

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Former zoo of Buenos Aires: AFADA makes a new request for Habeas Corpus on behalf of three chimpanzees - December 1, 2017

Martin, Sasha and Kangoo live in precarious conditions; the former zoo says the transfer is dangerous for the animals The Association of Officials and Advocates for Animal Rights (AFADA), from Argentina, has filed an application for a collective habeas corpus for Buenos Aires Justice requesting that three chimpanzees living in Ecopark be declared “subjects of […]

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GAP Project Spain/International requests the United States the immediate closure of Monkey Jungle Zoo, in Florida - November 28, 2017

GAP Project International reports the abuse and neglect of the animals at the Monkey Jungle Zoo, located in Miami-Dade, Florida, in the United States, especially the gorilla King, 48 years old, and the orangutan Mei, 32 years old. The complaint made by Melaine Lustig, a caretaker who left the zoo horrified by the treatment given […]

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The oldest chimpanzees living in captivity in the world die - November 24, 2017

Two of the oldest chimpanzees living in captivity in the world died this month. On November 15th, Little Mama, who was actually the world’s oldest living chimpanzee, believed to have been in her late 70s, died at Lion Country Safari, in West Palm Beach, United States, surround by eight other chimps. She had spent nearly […]

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Africa: Suena spent 14 years in a cage and was granted a rehabilitation program. You can help make this happen for other chimpanzees - November 16, 2017

From PASA (Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance) Suena the chimpanzee, named after the run-down “sanctuary” he lived in, was locked alone in a filthy cage for 14 years. He could never feel the touch of another chimp, climb a tree, or feel the grass at his feet. His “caregivers” weren’t given enough money to feed Suena […]

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The Gorillas Dian Fossey Saved Are Facing New Challenges - November 13, 2017

By Elizabeth Royte (National Geographic) Shortly after dawn two mountain gorillas swing gracefully over the shoulder-high stone wall that borders Volcanoes National Park in northwestern Rwanda. Landing lightly on cropped grass, the silverbacks stroll downhill through cultivated fields—knuckle-walking at first, then upright on two legs. The adult males belly up to eucalyptus trees and score […]

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Smuggled, Beaten and Drugged: The Illicit Global Ape Trade - November 10, 2017

The New York Times tracked international ape smugglers from Congolese rain forests to the back streets of Bangkok. Here is what unfolded. By Jeffrey Gettleman MBANDAKA, Democratic Republic of Congo — The sting began, as so many things do these days, on social media. Daniel Stiles, a self-styled ape trafficking detective in Kenya, had been scouring […]

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New species of orangutan announced - November 4, 2017

A new great ape species—the Tapanuli orangutan—was officially announced by an international team of scientists today. With 800 or fewer individuals, the Tapanuli orangutan is the rarest of all great apes. Previously, two species of orangutans were known—the Bornean orangutan and Sumatran orangutan. This new third species lives in North Sumatra, but is genetically and […]

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