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“The Chimpanzee Whisperer”, by Stany Nyandwi with David Blisset: “I am riding in their truck” - May 9, 2022

By Alyson Baker* “The Chimpanzee Whisperer” is the memoir of Stany Nyandwi. Looking back over 50 years, we read of his home country, Burundi, a paradise with a bleak colonial history, being turned into “… a land of broken hearts” through a tribal civil war. We read of Stany’s love for his family, wrenched apart […]

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In memory of Dr. Carole Noon (1949-2009) - May 2, 2022

Thirteen years ago today, Save the Chimps’ founder, Dr. Carole Noon passed away of pancreatic cancer in her home on sanctuary property. She remains an inspiration to all the lives she touched and a motivator to carry on her important work. More than 300 chimpanzees have found the peaceful and dignified retirement they deserve thanks […]

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New book by Paula Casal and Peter Singer: “The Rights of Apes” (Los Derechos de los Simios) - April 27, 2022

The new book by philosophers Paula Casal and Peter Singer, “The Rights of Apes” (Los Derechos de los Simios, will be published in May. Paula Casal is the president of the GAP Project Spain. More and more is known about chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas and orangutans, and it is becoming clearer how much they resemble two- […]

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#FreeTommy – Each chimpanzee is an individual who has the right to live a free and fulfilling life - April 18, 2022

By Alyson Baker*  In the late 1980s I saw the movie Project X, starring Matthew Broderick. It made a big impression on me – it is fiercely critical of the human exploitation and degradation of chimpanzees. The chimps are credited as individuals alongside their human co-stars, and they have agency in the movie’s plot. Although, […]

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Documentary “Persona no humana” begins its premiere at festivals and cinemas - April 15, 2022

April 15, 2022.- The documentary film “Persona no humana,  in which GAP Project has had an important participation, premieres at the International Documentary Festival of Valencia The next Sunday 8 (21:00) and Monday 9 (18:00) of May. From there, the journey begins at festivals around the world and screenings in movie theaters and other places […]

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Sky after 30 years: a brief biography of three biomedical research chimpanzees in Japan - April 4, 2022

Many chimpanzees were captured in Africa to be guinea pigs in biomedical laboratories in the 1970s and 1980s. Japan was one of the countries that most “invested” in this practice, which only ended in 2006. Female Candy (photo) is one the chimpanzees caught in the wild for lab experiments purpose. The result is a group […]

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World Biological Corridor has defined kilometer zero for chimpanzees - December 30, 2021

By GAP Project Spain The International Committee of the World Biological Corridor (CICBM) declared as the KILOMETER ZERO FOR CHIMPANZEES a large area in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The action took place together with the association Paradis des Primatas, which in the last year has been coordinating the formation of unarmed ecoguards with local groups. […]

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Thomas Lovejoy, renowned biologist who coined ‘biological diversity,’ dies at 80 - December 26, 2021

Thomas Lovejoy, a well-known American conservation biologist who coined the term “biological diversity” in 1980, died on December 25 at the age of 80. Lovejoy, who lived in northern Virginia, spent more than 50 years working in the Amazon rainforest, founding the nonprofit Amazon Biodiversity Center and bringing worldwide attention to the threats of tropical […]

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Happy Holidays and Happy 2022! - December 20, 2021

GAP Project Brazil/International wishes you Happy Holidays and a New Year with good health and peace!  

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Artificial intelligence used to recognise primate behaviours in the wild - December 9, 2021

Scientists at the University of Oxford have developed new artificial intelligence (AI) models to recognise behaviours of chimpanzees in the wild. The method will allow researchers and wildlife conservationists to significantly cut back on time and resources spent analysing animal behaviour in video footage, according to the new paper published today in Science Advances. The […]

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Chimpanzees in Kant’s Moral Landscape - December 3, 2021

By Alyson Baker* Why do we treat others ethically? Why must we treat others ethically? According to the moral framework of one of the major figures of the Enlightenment, Immanual Kant, we must always choose to act towards others as though they were ends-in-themselves, and not as a means for us to achieve our own […]

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USA: Eight new sanctuary residents  - November 30, 2021

From the Center for Great Apes (CGA) Ewok, Josh, Billy, Mystery, Sabina, Maude, Shauri Ya Mungu (Sha-Sha) and Jeeter safely arrived from California where they have been waiting for more than two years for a new home after the closing of the Los Angeles Wildlife Waystation in August 2019. Our CGA team of two veterinarians […]

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Rest in Peace, Knuckles 1999 – 2021 - November 23, 2021

By Patti Ragan, from Center for Great Apes Losing one of our great ape residents is the most difficult part of our work. This week, our hearts are breaking with the loss of our precious “special needs” chimpanzee, Knuckles. Knuckles was a true inspiration and one of the sanctuary’s true miracles. Everyone loved him. He thrived in […]

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COP26 and Great Apes - November 2, 2021

World leaders are gathered in Glasgow, Scotland, since October 31 at COP26, the United Nations Climate Change Conference. This event is seen as crucial for controlling the negative impacts of climate change on the planet’s life. About 200 countries are expected to present their plans to cut emissions of polluting gases. Among the expected actions […]

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On chimpanzee behavior - October 25, 2021

From Save the Chimps With humans sharing approximately 98.8% of our DNA with chimpanzees, it’s easy to misunderstand them. “The biggest misunderstanding,” Dr. Andrew R. Halloran said, Director of Chimpanzee Behavior & Care at Save the Chimps (photo), “is that chimpanzees are little ‘almost humans.’ They’re so much more than that. Chimpanzees are fascinating on […]

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A note from Founder Patti… and Knuckles - October 11, 2021

From Center for Great Apes (CGA) When I first thought of a sanctuary for one orangutan (Pongo) and one chimpanzee (Grub) who I volunteered to care for in the early 1990s… I had no idea what was involved, or even how to start it!  I was unbelievably naive thinking this would be easy.  However step by step, with the […]

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Happy 57th Birthday to Our Oldest Resident – Emily! - October 4, 2021

From Save the Chimps Sanctuary A big happy birthday pant-hoot to Emily! At the estimated age of 57, Emily the 1st is believed to be our oldest resident. She was born in the wild, so her birthday and age are an estimate. She was captured from Africa as an infant and sent to the United […]

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Gorillas test positive for COVID 19 in North American zoo - September 13, 2021

This weekend, the Atlanta Zoo, in the United States, reported that 13 individuals from the group of 20 gorillas tested positive for coronavirus. Among them it’s Ozzie, a 60-year-old silver-back male, who is the oldest captive gorilla in the world. The tests were carried out after the zoo team noticed that the gorillas were coughing […]

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August 19th – International Orangutan Day - August 19, 2021

Today International Orangutan Day is celebrated. But other than celebration for this no majestic and unique species, August 19th is an alert date about the danger status of orangutans in the wild. It’s estimated that there are only 50.000 to 65.000 individuais in the forests of Indonesia and Malaysia, south of Asia, and that 2.000 […]

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Chronology – Great Apes evolving - August 16, 2021

On the evolutionary scale, man (Homo sapiens) is one of five species of great apes. All descended from the same ancestor and each arose at a certain time in the planet’s history. Check this chart summarizing previsions made on the chronology of emergence of great apes.  

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