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Ape Days of Summer. How to Beat-the-Heat and Keep Cool… the Orangutan and Chimpanzee Way! - July 6, 2020

From Center for Great Apes (CGA) In the topsy-turvy world that we live in today it’s no wonder our seasons are mixed up. In a normal year the old saying is “March in like a lion and out like a lamb” coordinating with spring. Did we even have a spring this year? At the Center […]

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COVID-19: End the wildlife trade - June 24, 2020

From PASA – Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance Do you know about the commercial wildlife trade? It is stealing the lives of thousands of innocent apes and monkeys, decimating wildlife populations, and putting human health in great jeopardy. We can’t let it continue any longer. COVID-19 has placed this multi-billion dollar global industry under the world’s […]

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Humans can tell what chimps are saying… sort of - June 17, 2020

Paris (AFP) Do you speak chimp? They are among our closest relatives in the animal kingdom, and new research published Wednesday shows that humans can tell when a chimpanzee is happy, sad, angry or scared — simply by listening to their cries. Proving a hypothesis first posed by Charles Darwin, researchers in the Netherlands found […]

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Happy Father’s Day to Humans and Apes! - June 15, 2020

From Center for Great Apes (CGA) In June around Father’s Day, we like to acknowledge our own great ape fathers who in the past (before coming to the CGA sanctuary) have sired offspring. Several of those offspring have ended up at the sanctuary, and a few have been reunited with their fathers (like Kodua with her […]

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Rafiki, Uganda’s rare silverback mountain gorilla, killed by hunters - June 12, 2020

One of Uganda’s best known mountain gorillas, Rafiki, has been killed. Four men have been arrested, and they face a life sentence or a fine of $5.4m (£4.3m) if found guilty of killing an endangered species. Investigations showed that Rafiki was killed by a sharp object that penetrated his internal organs. There are just over […]

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PGS launches book “Great Apes and their Basic Rights” - June 9, 2020

On December 2019, to celebrate its 20th anniversary, GAP Project Spain – PGS launched the book “Los Grandes Símios y sus Derechos Básicos”  Now the book was completely translated into English and this version has just been launched and can be bought at Amazon https://www.amazon.es/Great-apes-their-basic-rights/dp/8417867864/ref=sr_1_1?__mk_es_ES=ÅMÅŽÕÑ&dchild=1&keywords=Great+Apes+and+their+basic+rights&qid=1591348873&sr=8-1 It’s also possible to buy directly with PGS (direccionpgransimio@gmail.com) or […]

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During our darkest time, they never give up - June 5, 2020

From PASA – Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance I want to take a moment to shine a light on a group of people that we don’t talk about enough: The workers at PASA’s member sanctuaries. Did you know that PASA members are much more than just a home for endangered animals? They are pillars in the […]

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Ngamba Island Chimps Get New Leader - June 5, 2020

In awake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ngamba island chimps get new leader, Chimp Kisembo. This chimpanzee has been eyeing the Alpha Male position since 2010 during Chimp Mika’s reign. Chimpanzee leadership varies from one individual to another and to become a leader is not about being stronger or weaker neither young nor old but the […]

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ChimpFace tests successfully its software to detect wildlife trafficking online - June 2, 2020

By Jaqueline B. Ramos* In April 2020, ChimpFace pilot tested its software to detect wildlife trafficking online by deploying an algorithm to detect baby/juvenile chimpanzee faces within publicly available YouTube videos. Pilot testing successfully confirmed the technical feasibility and potential of this approach.  The algorithm showed to have very high precision and a low false-positive […]

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Peter Singer: “Think strategically” - June 1, 2020

By Max Kendix “Don’t worry everyone, this is the last one on Singer”, our ethics professor announced last term. The introductory course was a broad sweep of moral philosophy, and yet Peter Singer became the focus of every lecture. The Australian academic enjoys a sort of fame and influence unheard of for contemporary philosophers; his […]

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In chimpanzees, females contribute to the protection of the territory - May 29, 2020

Female chimpanzees are also important in helping to win and keep a territory In humans, warfare and territoriality have traditionally been considered male “business.” Chimpanzees, with whom we share this propensity for out-group hostility and territoriality, are thought to follow the same gender difference. This vision may be too simplistic, as suggested by an international […]

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GAP Brazil: Moments of chimpanzee Cecilia, granted with Habeas Corpus, at the Great Apes Sanctuary of Sorocaba/SP - May 28, 2020

Chimpanzee Cecilia, 22 years old, became famous worldwide in April 2017, when she was transferred from Mendoza zoo, in Argentina, to the Great Apes Sanctuary of Sorocaba, in São Paulo, Brazil (affiliated to GAP Project). She was the first chimpanzee in the world who is really enjoying the right to live in a sanctuary granted […]

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Center for Great Apes: Sanctuary Update During the Pandemic - May 27, 2020

By Patti Ragan, Founding Director CGA After nearly three months of following our COVID-19 protocols, we want to let you know that both our apes and our staff are staying healthy. While we miss our members, volunteers, and visitors, we believe that maintaining “physical and social distancing” by limiting the number of people here beyond the […]

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GAP Brazil: Chimpanzee Black celebrates his first year at the Great Apes Sanctuary of Sorocaba/SP - May 22, 2020

Chimpanzee Black completed, at the beginning of May, a year in his new home – and life – at the Great Apes Sanctuary of Sorocaba/SP. Meeting the main objective of providing greater welfare in captivity, he is fully adapted, in good health, he lives very well with the female Dolores and, mainly, according to the […]

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COVID-19: Urgent Message from Congo Chimps - May 15, 2020

From PASA – Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance We just received an urgent message from HELP Congo, a PASA member in the Republic of Congo. COVID has been devastating to their sanctuary, and they’re very worried about being able to care for their rescued chimps. There’s no time to waste. Olga was one of the first […]

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Mystery Surrounding The Export of Chimpanzees to China - May 13, 2020

By Peter Dickinson – Independent International Zoo Consultant / Zoo News Digest In July 2019, 18 Chimpanzees were exported from South Africa to China. They had CITES documentation but these show significant non-compliances with CITES and with the South African CITES Regulations, 2010. WHERE WERE THESE CHIMPANZEES BRED? Perhaps somebody from PAAZA can answer the question. This […]

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Terry is there for his friend, Cayenne. You can help too. - May 12, 2020

From Save the Chimps Sanctuary Terry wasn’t going to give up on his friend Cayenne. Every day he’d venture out onto the island, look back, and urge Cayenne to join him. Having spent her first fifteen years in a suspended cage, Cayenne didn’t know what concrete was, never mind grass. It looked so soft, and […]

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Sanctuary announces success in birth control - May 8, 2020

From Center for Great Apes We have a special announcement to share with our friends and supporters. In our 27-year history, the Center for Great Apes has successfully implemented birth control methods for all our sanctuary residents with no “birth control failures”… until now. Sunshine, a 37-year-old female orangutan who arrived at our sanctuary three […]

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Joanna and Rikita are free at last - May 4, 2020

From PASA – Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance Every day for 12 years, Joanna and Rikita stared out from the bars of their cages at the trees they would never climb and the grass they could never touch. Stolen from their families in the forest, then sold as novelty pets, they only knew a life of […]

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In loving memory – Rufus: 1966-2020 - May 2, 2020

From Save the Chimps Sanctuary It is with heavy hearts that we write to you of the passing of one of the most iconic and well-loved members of our STC family: Rufus. But it also is a time to rejoice. Rufus is finally completely free. Thanks to you he spent his last decades in the […]

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