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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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Center for Great Apes (USA): New chimpanzees residents - August 13, 2021

Six charming chimpanzees arrived here recently from Missouri. They lived in Festus at a facility where several other of our sanctuary residents were born years ago before going into the entertainment business or becoming private pets. So, the newest arrivals already have relatives at the Center. The original owner of the chimpanzees visited the Center […]

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Africa: Third COVID Wave Threatens Chimps - August 2, 2021

From PASA – Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance A devastating third wave of COVID in Sierra Leone is forcing Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary back into lockdown, wreaking havoc on people and chimps. “The health and safety of the chimpanzees and workers at Tacugama is our priority,” said Kareen Zabow, Operations Manager. “We do not know when we will be […]

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In Loving Memory of Normand / 2000-2021 - July 31, 2021

From Save the Chimps Sanctuary It is with a heavy heart that we share with you the passing of Normand, the alpha male of Bobby’s family. Normand was born January 6, 2000 at the Coulston Foundation laboratory in New Mexico, where he was subjected to medical experimentation. Along with his mother, Ethyl, Normand was rescued […]

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July 14th: World Chimpanzee Day - July 14, 2021

July 14th is WORLD CHIMPANZEE DAY. The date was created by the Jane Goodall Institute to celebrate this very special species, the closest relatives of man in the animal world. CHIMPANZEES in the wild are threatened, mainly due to the destruction of their habitat and hunting for illegal activities. In captivity, many have already suffered […]

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After 11 years in a cage, Captain is free! - July 13, 2021

From PASA – Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance We found Captain alone in a filthy wooden crate. When he was an infant, his “owners” bought him from the hunters who killed his mother. Then they confined him all alone to a tiny cage – for 11 years. We can’t imagine how much this chimp suffered as […]

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Oregon deputy fatally shoots chimpanzee after it bites owner’s daughter - June 24, 2021

Chimpanzee Buck had been kept for 17 years as a pet by a family in the United States and on Sunday, 20, the inevitable happened: he ran away, attacked his owners and was killed by the police. This announced tragedy is unfortunately recurrent in situations where chimpanzees are insisted on be kept as pets. The […]

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Best Practice Guidelines for Responsible Images of Non-Human Primates - June 17, 2021

We’ve already talked about this subject and it’s always good to reinforce it. The way and type of primate photos posted on the internet and social media can negatively influence the message of conservation and protection, if the images are inappropriate or in the wrong context. The IUCN – International Union for Conservation of Nature […]

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Protecting chimpanzees from COVID-19 – one year later - June 16, 2021

By Save the Chimps Sanctuary Over a year ago we put strict protocols in place to protect the chimps from COVID-19. With so many of our chimpanzee residents either elderly or immuno-compromised, we enacted strict protocols since the very beginning. We were the first to adapt such strict protocols and we are happy and proud […]

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Rest In Peace, Dr. Miguel Vaudano - June 10, 2021

We are very sorry to inform the passing of Dr. Miguel Angel Vaudano, Deputy Coordinator of the GAP Project for Latin America, on 06/08/21 at 17:30, due to COVID. Dr. Miguel was one of the founders of the GAP Project in Brazil and collaborated in various activities for the multiplication and dissemination of the work […]

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Cobby, oldest male chimp in a U.S. zoo, dies at 63 - June 7, 2021

By Tim Stelloh (NBC News) Cobby, the oldest male chimpanzee in an accredited U.S. zoo, died Saturday in California, the San Francisco Zoo said. He was 63. His cause of death had not been determined, but he had recently been ill and old age was likely a contributing factor, the zoo said in a news […]

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