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Re-introduction of Natasha - February 17, 2020

Natasha is an adult female chimpanzee at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary. She is also known as the most intelligent chimpanzee in the world https://wired.com/2012/08/chimps-have-geniuses-too/ In 2019, Natasha conceived following a hiatus from implants and gave birth to a healthy female baby on the 4th of September. As a new mother, Natasha has been isolated indoors […]

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GAP Brazil: Tata and Milan, child pranks - February 6, 2020

Peter, Tata and their two sons Miguel and Milan form one of the chimpanzee families that live in the Great Apes Sanctuary of Sorocaba. Milan is the youngest, he is 4 years old, and does the pranks that any child his age, human or chimpanzee, does. Likewise, his mother, Tata, always protects him. On Sunday, […]

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Glimpses of Fatherhood in Non-Pair-Bonding Chimps - February 5, 2020

Although they have no way of identifying their biological fathers, male chimpanzees form intimate bonds with them, a finding that questions the idea of fatherhood in some of humanity’s closest relatives, according to a study of wild chimpanzees in Uganda. In adulthood, male chimpanzees form strong relationships with one another. These bonds can be mutually […]

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Add Ham & Enos to the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame - January 31, 2020

From Save the Chimps Jan 31, 2021 marks the 60th anniversary of Ham’s flight into space – let’s honor him by getting Ham and Enos inducted into the Astronauts Hall of Fame in 2021. As unwilling participants, they paved the way for space exploration. They remain largely unrecognized. Sign this petition to urge the Astronaut […]

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Help Lucie celebrate 20 years wild and free! - January 29, 2020

From PASA – Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance Lucie was a tiny one-month-old chimpanzee clinging to her mom in the Congolese forests. Poachers invaded their quiet, secluded home and viciously murdered her mother. The smugglers pried Lucie away so they could butcher Lucie’s mom for bushmeat. They tied Lucie up and took her to a market […]

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2019 Was a Record Year for Ocean Temperatures, Data Show - January 24, 2020

By Kendra Pierre-Louis (The New York Times) Last year was the warmest year on record for the world’s oceans, part of a long-term warming trend, according to a study released Monday. “If you look at the ocean heat content, 2019 is by far the hottest, 2018 is second, 2017 is third, 2015 is fourth, and […]

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GAP Brazil: Sanctuary offers to welcome surviving chimpanzees of German zoo fire - January 10, 2020

In the face of the unprecedented tragedy at the Krefeld Zoo, in Germany, on the first night of the year, in which five orangutans, two gorillas, one chimpanzee and 30 other primates and birds were burned alive, the Great Apes Sanctuary of Sorocaba, in São Paulo, Brazil, together with GAP Project International, makes an urgent […]

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GAP Spain condemns the fire that occurred in the Krefeld Zoo, Germany, where eight great apes have died - January 3, 2020

From GAP Spain 2020 begins with a new tragedy at the Krefeld Zoo, located west of Germany, caused by a Chinese flying lantern that fell on precarious facilities and with lacking of security. In Spain almost exactly a year ago at dawn on January 6, 2018, the three giraffes of the Cabárceno Zoo (Cantabria) died […]

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Gorillas, orangutans and chimps die in German zoo fire - January 3, 2020

From The Guardian Dozens of animals including gorillas, orangutans and chimpanzees were killed at a zoo in the western German city of Krefeld after a fire ripped through the monkey sanctuary in the early hours of the new year. The fire was likely to have been caused by Chinese sky lanterns that were set off […]

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GAP Spain releases book “The Great Apes and their basic rights” - December 27, 2019

By Pedro Pozas (Director of Gap Spain and President of GAP Project International) At the end of 2018, the Great Ape Project Spain decided to write a book that would serve as the basis for the struggle for the basic rights of great apes as a celebration of our 20th anniversary in 2019. Yes, we […]

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Happy Christmas and a lots of success in 2020 - December 13, 2019

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year! Happy 2020. GAP Project – 20 years of struggle!

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Help Cozy and other chimps and primates - December 5, 2019

From PASA – Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance We cannot imagine the terrible suffering Cozy endured for the first 10 years of his life. He was bred in a lab in the U.S. and subjected to horrific medical experiments. After the lab no longer wanted him, he was sold as a pet and taken to Italy. Although […]

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‘Property’ or ‘person’? How animal rights could open new moral frontier - November 27, 2019

By Eoin O’Carroll (The Christian Science Monitor) In a forested reserve in central Florida, Sandra is settling in to her new home. Thanks to a 2015 ruling by a judge in Argentina, her new life represents another hole in the increasingly porous wall separating humans from nonhuman animals. The 33-year-old orangutan is, according to Buenos Aires […]

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Sandra’s first three weeks at CGA - November 26, 2019

From Center for Great Apes – CGA Sandra continues to explore and investigate her new surroundings as she is peacefully settling in to her new home. She’s very friendly to her caregivers and involves herself in new enrichment activities each day. She loves to wash her toys, her hands, and anything she thinks needs cleaning. Sandra makes beautiful […]

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Black is happy! Watch the video - November 13, 2019

The approximate 50-year-old male chimpanzee Black was exploited in circuses when he was young and spent great years of his life at Sorocaba zoo, in the countryside of São Paulo state in Brazil. At the zoo he used to live with female Rita, who passed in 2011, and since then he was alone. Loneliness is […]

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Ancient ape offers clues to evolution of two-legged walking - November 12, 2019

By Colin Barras (Nature) The fossilized remains of a newly discovered species of ancient ape suggest that it might have been able to walk on two feet, millions of years before the first humans appeared. The finding challenges the accepted idea that bipedal walking evolved much later in the ancestors of modern humans, and that […]

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Itai Hoffman is GAP Project’s Delegate in Israel - November 8, 2019

PEDRO POZAS TERRADOS, International President of the Great Ape Project, a world organization for the defense of great apes and non-human beings, as well as the protection of their habitat, CERTIFIES that: ITAI ROFFMAN, by profession: (PhD, Evolutionary Anthropology) lecturer / researcher, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, The Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, Israel; is […]

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Female chimpanzee, 15, is caught smoking like a pro at a Chinese zoo after ‘tourists threw a cigarette into her enclosure’ - November 5, 2019

By TRACY YOU FOR MAILONLINE A video of a female chimpanzee smoking like a pro in an enclosure at a Chinese zoo has sparked controversy. Tourists had allegedly thrown a cigarette into the enclosure before the 15-year-old primate picked it up and puffed away. The news came after the chimpanzee’s 13-year-old ‘husband’ was filmed fly-kicking […]

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Health reports of chimpanzee Black at the zoo show he was treated due to stress and coprophagia - November 1, 2019

Health reports of chimpanzee Black, who was transferred from a zoo to Great Apes Sanctuary of Sorocaba on May this year show the treatments he had been submitted to during the period he lived at the zoo.  The information was posted by news portal G1, which had access to the reports dated from 1981 to […]

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Almost human, by Alfred Fidjestøl: the story of Julius, the chimpanzee caught between two worlds - November 1, 2019

Book review by Alyson Baker* Almost human is the biography of Julius, a chimpanzee who was born on Boxing Day 1979 in the Kristiansand Zoo, Norway, and who is now the alpha male of the zoo’s chimpanzee community.  He was born to Sanne, similarly born in captivity and with no idea how to be a […]

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