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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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Book review – Chimpanzee Memoirs: stories of studying and saving our closest living relatives - June 27, 2022

By Alyson Baker* Who are the people who do chimpanzee research, rescue chimpanzees from appalling situations and secure them places in sanctuaries, care for the rescued chimpanzees in captivity? Stephen Ross and Lydia Hopper saw the generational turn-over among “chimpologists” and decided to document the stories of some of these heroes. The contributors are from […]

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Chimpanzees have an exceptional ability to produce complex vocalizations - June 15, 2022

Paris, May 18, 2022 (AFP) – Chimpanzees have an exceptional ability to produce complex vocalizations, with nearly 400 different sequences identified by a team of scientists in this ape, the closest to humans. “They don’t speak, of course, if we take human language as a reference,” warns evolutionary biologist Cédric Girard Buttoz, lead author of […]

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Argentina: Freedom for the chimpanzee Toti - June 13, 2022

At the beginning of the year, the Public Defender’s Office of the Province of Rio Negro, Argentina, presented a request for Habeas Corpus requesting the release of Toti, a chimpanzee who spent his entire life in a cage. The chimpanzee is 32 years old and was born in captivity in Buenos Aires. He lived at […]

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GAP Spain: Peter Singer arrives in Barcelona to present his new book (“Los Derechos de los Simios) and defend the creation of the Great Apes Law - June 8, 2022

Event “Derechos humanos y animales, dos días con Peter Singer” will take place on June 9th and 10th at Pompeu Fabra University Peter Singer, philosopher, great advocate of animal rights and author of two books that have become essential for the movement – Animal Liberation (1975) and, together with Paola Cavalieri, The Great Ape Project […]

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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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