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Brazil is closer to becoming the 43rd country in the world to ban animal testing for cosmetics - January 17, 2023

Federal bill to ban cosmetics testing on animals clears Brazilian Senate Bill 70/2014, backed by Humane Society International, passed a plenary session vote in the Senate, advancing bill to final legislative step From Humane Society International BRASILIA, December 20, 2022 —After nearly a decade in the National Congress, Bill 70/2014, which aims to enact a […]

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Gorilla Bua Noi, one of the saddest of the world. Help spread the word against this absurd! - January 5, 2023

Female gorilla Bua Noi (photo), captured in the wild when she was one year old, an orangutan and several other animals are examples of the most archaic concept of a zoo that we unfortunately still encounter in the year 2023. They have been living for decades at Pata Zoo, a rooftop zoo in a shopping […]

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GAP Project wishes Merry Christmas! - December 19, 2022

Merry Christmas and may 2023 be a wonderful year for all living beings!  

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Africa: Urgent help for baby chimpanzees - December 18, 2022

The baby chimpanzee Niete, who is less than one year old, is one example among many other victims of wildlife hunters in Africa. Her parents and other adults in her group were probably murdered for her to be captured with the purpose of commercialization. Niete was lucky and was rescued. Dehydrated, malnourished and traumatized, she […]

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Three chimpanzees shot dead after escape from Swedish zoo - December 15, 2022

With great sadness we came across another news of chimpanzees’ deaths after escaping from a zoo. This time it happened in Sweden, at Furuviksparken zoo, about 160 km away from Stockholm. According to the news released, yesterday, 12/14, 5 of the 7 chimpanzees who lived in the zoo escaped and were loose for hours. In […]

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The Darwin of our time - December 6, 2022

By Pedro Pozas Terrados (GAP Project Spain) On October 9, 2022, at the Royal Spanish Academy, in the presence of all the academics and authorities in sciences, knowledge and arts, as well as in that of several politicians, José María Bermúdez de Castro Risueño, took his place at the K, with a speech entitled “Nature, […]

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Chimpanzees share experiences with each other, a trait once thought to be only human - November 30, 2022

A chimpanzee doesn’t hesitate to make it clear when it wants attention. The closest cousin of humans, this species of great ape has effective ways of communicating what it needs. Researchers have often observed captive chimps pointing to an object they want their caregivers to give them or young chimps in the wild having tantrums […]

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Save the Chimps: Meet former Lab chimp Amy - November 29, 2022

From Save the Chimps Sanctuary Amy was born on February 2, 1983, at the Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. She was taken from her mother within two hours of birth – even though it’s noted that Clair was a good mother. At just one year old, Amy was sent to a laboratory in […]

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Tears, apples and travel blankets: Rescued chimps leave troubled California refuge for new home - November 27, 2022

BY LOUIS SAHAGÚN STAFF WRITER – LOS ANGELES TIMES Photography by MEL MELCON The morning began like so many others for the last 10 chimpanzees stranded at the shuttered Wildlife Waystation in the Angeles National Forest: whiling away the hours, spinning around and around, pushing toys across concrete floors and peering through the bars of their […]

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WWF’S Living Planet Report reveals 69% drop in wildlife populations in the last five decades - October 18, 2022

By Jaqueline B. Ramos (Communication Advisor – GAP Project Brazil/International) Gland/Vienna: This past week, NGO WWF made an alarming disclosure, to say the least. Monitored wildlife populations – mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fishes species – have suffered an average 69% decline in their populations since 1970.  The data are presented in the Living Planet […]

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Support Sanctuary Center for Great Apes after hurricane Ian direct hit - October 5, 2022

From Center for Great Apes We received a direct hit from Hurricane Ian. All of the apes and staff are safe, but the grounds will need significant clean up. A few of the big oak trees, pines, and bamboo have come down along with some perimeter fences, but most of the damage is from flooding, […]

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USA: Our beloved chimpanzee Connor – 1995-2022 - September 23, 2022

By Center for Great Apes Sanctuary “To our CGA Members and Supporters, Sadly, I have heartbreaking news to share with you. Connor, our 27-year-old chimpanzee who arrived from Missouri over a year ago, passed away last week. After showing signs of sudden illness a few weeks ago, a series of veterinary diagnostic tests and reports determined […]

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Africa: Protecting Great Apes from diseases - September 21, 2022

By Ana Nuno, Chloe Chesney, Maia Wellbelove, Elena Bersacola, Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Fabian Leendertz, Amander Webber, and Kimberley Hockings Nonhuman great apes (bonobos, chimpanzees, eastern gorillas, western gorillas and orangutans) are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases from humans because of our close genetic relatedness. This vulnerability is highest in close-contact activities such as tourism and research. […]

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Conservation: Hope for our gorillas - September 16, 2022

Arcus Foundation celebrates the population recovery of the Cross River Gorilla (a subspecies of the Western Gorilla) on Nigeria-Cameroon border. The first evidence was the never-before-seen footage captured in 2020 of a group of gorillas with several infants, an indication that the animals are reproducing and that the population is recovering. The Cross River gorilla […]

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Study shows chimpanzees have very personal perception of rhythm - September 12, 2022

Scientists followed a group of Waibira chimpanzees in the western forest of Budongo, Uganda, recording and analyzing the touches of seven males. Inflating their chests, with a guttural cry and holding an instrument, chimpanzees perform a drum roll using the thick roots of trees in a Ugandan forest, creating their own rhythms, revealed the study […]

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Great Apes Rights, 30 years after - September 5, 2022

Although Spain was the only country in the world where Parliament’s accession to the Great Apes Project was successfully defended, a Law on Hominids or Great Apes has not yet been passed By Paula Casal – Professor at ICREA and at the Law Department at the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona / President of PGS […]

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GAP Project Spain presents Amparo Judicial in Argentina for the freedom of chimpanzee Johnny - August 25, 2022

On August 23,  GAP Project Spain Project initiated ACTION FOR AMPARO against the Zoo of the City of Luján, Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, for conducts against the fundamental rights of the chimpanzee Johnny. The sentence sent to the new Court states that it “seeks the protection and recognition of the fundamental rights of being […]

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The Center for Great Apes: In memory of our beloved chimpanzee Jonah – 1996-2022 - July 20, 2022

The Center for Great Apes is heartbroken to share the sad news that our beloved chimpanzee Jonah has died. Jonah has been under veterinary treatments for cardiac disease for the past four years after he had a sudden collapse in 2018 while playing with the females in his group. With the daily care, diagnostics, and […]

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(Human) Foolishness comes in different forms - July 11, 2022

By Jaqueline B. Ramos* It’s just about following the news to understand. And when they involve non-human animals, the adjective of lack of common sense is, unfortunately, more evident. Take, for example, a case that took place last month in Athens, Greece. On Saturday, June 25, a 27-year-old male chimpanzee escaped from his enclosure at […]

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South African fossils may rewrite history of human evolution - July 5, 2022

By Charles Q. Choi (Livescience.com) Fossils found at the Sterkfontein Caves in South Africa may be much older than previously thought. Ancient human-like fossils in South Africa may be more than a million years older than previously thought, which raises the odds that the species they came from gave rise to humans, a new study […]

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