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How Social Media Supports Animal Cruelty and the Illegal Pet Trade - July 8, 2019

Images of chimpanzees and other species appear cute, but they may actually depict animals in dangerous situations. Here’s how to tell what’s safe to share — and how that helps conservation. by Ashley Edes – The Revelator Whether you find it fascinating or disquieting, people recognize the inherent similarities between us and our closest primate […]

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Some Monkeys Entered The Stone Age More Than 3,000 Years Ago - July 7, 2019

Brazilian tool-using monkeys have not just been engaging in the practice for far longer than we realized, they’ve also changed the way they use stone tools over time, going through recognizably different styles over thousands of years. Three years ago it was announced capuchin monkeys were using stone tools and had been for some time. […]

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In a first, chimpanzees seen smashing and eating tortoises - June 24, 2019

By Douglas Main (National Geographic) Tortoises’ thick shells protect them from most predators. But our closest relatives have found a way to circumvent this defense: vigorously bashing them against trees. In a paper published today in the journal Scientific Reports, scientists report seven chimpanzees breaking open forest hinge-back tortoises in Gabon’s Loango National Park. The […]

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Chimpanzees in the wild reduced to ‘forest ghettos’ - June 20, 2019

by Marlowe HOOD Paris (AFP) | All four sub-species of the African primate are threatened with extinction, with at least one — the western chimpanzee — declining in number by more than 80 percent over three generations. Forty chimp experts from around the world — with a combined 300 years of field experience — issued […]

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What is magic without ape parts? Inside the illicit trade devastating Nigeria’s apes - June 19, 2019

Demand for ape body parts for spiritual purposes drives a complex and lucrative trade. BY ORJI SUNDAY*  – Mongabay Series: Great Apes OHOFIA, Nigeria — The fading sunlight, half-coned and yellow, turns the evening murky. The crowing of roosters mingles with the rattling of motorbikes as farmers make their way home from the field, halting to […]

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United States: A CA University poisoned seven baby monkeys to death - June 18, 2019

From NEAVS – New England Anti-Vivisection Society  They didn’t have a chance. Seven baby monkeys, one only a day old, were poisoned and died at the primate lab located at the University of California, Davis. The babies were only doing what comes naturally, nursing from their mothers. Due to staff negligence the mothers were marked […]

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Happy 1st Anniversary, Joe & Bo! - June 12, 2019

From Center for Great Apes (CGA) One year ago, we picked up two senior male chimpanzees from a small unaccredited zoo in Oklahoma that was closing down. Both boys were kept alone in different cages after each of their female companions died years earlier.  And they had quite a history! Joe, captured in Africa as an infant, […]

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One year without Guga - May 27, 2019

The male chimpanzee Guga was born in a commercial breeding place in Paraná, Brazil, in 1999. When he was still a baby, he was “adopted” by a human family and inspired these people to start work that, over 20 years, helped rescue more than a hundred chimpanzees victims of mistreatment and perpetuate the ideas of […]

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GAP Brazil: Black spoke! And human Justice heard him - May 22, 2019

Do not worry. It’s not fake news. Chimpanzees, like all living humans, have a way of expressing their feelings and desires. Chimpanzees get very close to humans in communicating their emotions and state of mind. We have been spending time with them for the last 20 years and can attest this ability. Communication in chimpanzees […]

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GAP Brazil: Chimpanzee Black adapts very well to his new life in a sanctuary - May 20, 2019

Male 50-year-old chimpanzee Black chimpanzee was transferred from a zoo to the Great Apes Sanctuary of Sorocaba, São Paulo, affiliated to GAP Project, 15 days ago, and his adaptation could not be better. In addition to being very healthy, he is relaxed and curious with other residents, an indicator that his integration will not present […]

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GAP Brazil: Chimpanzee Black is transferred to the Great Apes Sanctuary of Sorocaba - May 6, 2019

After 15 years of struggle and a lot of negotiations, male chimpanzee Black, aged approximately 50 years old, was finally transferred from the zoo “Quinzinho de Barros”, in Sorocaba, São Paulo state (SP), Brazil, to the Great Apes Sanctuary in the same city, a space affiliated to the GAP Project . Black’s move was scheduled […]

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Brazil, São Paulo: Doria’s dilemma – “Zoo, close or privatize?” - April 9, 2019

An announcement made by João Dória, state Governor for São Paulo, published a few days ago by Brazilian press indicates that a project is being set up to privatize the Botanical Garden, which has an annual deficit of four million Brazilian Reais, joining the São Paulo Zoo and Simba Safari Park , which operate together […]

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Africa: Disease outbreak strikes sanctuary. You can help save the life of chimpanzees - April 9, 2019

From PASA – Pan African Sanctuary Alliance A deadly respiratory infection has swept through the chimpanzee social groups at Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a PASA member in Kenya. Within a week, almost every one of the sanctuary’s 39 rescued and orphaned chimpanzees became sick. It’s the worst disease outbreak the sanctuary has ever seen! Ajabu, a […]

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Save the Chimps: Check an amazing aerial view of the sanctuary - April 8, 2019

From Save the Chimps We are happy to share the news that we met our $25,000 goal for the 2019 Golf Cart Campaign. Thanks to many generous donors, we have the funds to purchase 10 gently used golf carts to replace one-third of our fleet. These carts are coming off of their initial lease from […]

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Indonesia: An endangered orangutan was shot 74 times. She’s blind but survived — her baby did not. - March 24, 2019

By Angela Fritz (The Washington Post) She was probably lounging in the treetops, where Sumatran orangutans spend almost all of their time, with her month-old baby in tow. She might have been breast-feeding. Little is known about how the pair found themselves in the tragic situation, but at some point, the shooting started. Bullets from […]

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PASA/Africa: Chimp families wiped out across West Africa. Help save them. - March 22, 2019

From PASA – Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance Did you know that in the last 20 years, 80% of the western chimpanzee population has been wiped out? There is a vicious new crisis brewing in West Africa. You might remember Tita, a baby chimpanzee who was rescued from smugglers. Now she lives at the Chimpanzee Conservation […]

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The truth about Bubbles - March 18, 2019

From Center for Great Apes Currently there are a rash of online articles about Bubbles, a resident chimpanzee at the Center for Great Apes. Many false statements have been made by online media sites and television programs, so it’s important to state the facts clearly. Most of the articles written about Bubbles are wild conjectures […]

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Chimpanzees Are Going Through a Tragic Loss - March 9, 2019

By fragmenting forests and killing off individuals, humans are stopping the flow of ideas among our closest relatives. By Ed Yong (The Atlantic) Imagine that an alien species landed on Earth and, through their mere presence, those aliens caused our art to vanish, our music to homogenize, and our technological know-how to disappear. That is […]

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Chimpanzee escapes cage in Angola - March 7, 2019

A caretaker’s neglect at the Bantu Resort zoo resulted in the escape of a chimpanzee from a cage, last Wednesday, towards a public road, an unusual case that attracted the curiosity of those who observed, with some fear of mixing, the eight-year-old ape, reported the “Jornal de Angola”. “King,” the name for which the chimpanzee […]

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Chinese dam project in Guinea could kill up to 1,500 chimpanzees - March 1, 2019

From the Guardian Up to 1,500 chimpanzees could be killed by a new Chinese dam that will swamp a crucial sanctuary for the endangered primate in Guinea, experts have warned. The 294MW Koukoutamba dam will be built by Sinohydro, the world’s biggest hydroelectric power plant construction company, in the middle of a newly declared protected […]

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