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Radio gorilla serves communities about COVID-19 prevention - April 12, 2021

By Jaqueline B. Ramos* What do gorillas have to do with the prevention of spread of COVID-19? In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), more specifically in remote villages around Tayna Nature Reserve, eastern of the country, they are intrinsically connected. And the information to raise awareness about this arrives through an old and good […]

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How animals find medicine in nature - April 6, 2021

By CrowdScience – BBC World Service Something strange happened 35 years ago, when primatologist Mike Huffman was studying a group of chimpanzees in western Tanzania. Chausiku, one of the females, left her young baby with other animals of the species, climbed a tree and lay down in a nest. “It is unusual for chimpanzees to […]

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NASA’s Long and Controversial History with Animal Experimentation - April 3, 2021

By Tracy Keeling (One Green Planet) At the end of 2020, a controversial fact emerged about the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). A Freedom of Information (FoI) request revealed that all the captive monkeys in one of its research centers had been put to death on a single day in 2019. Drug research company […]

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In Loving Memory of Frieda – 1981-2021 - March 29, 2021

From Save the Chimps Sanctuary It is with a heavy heart that we share that Frieda passed away unexpectedly last week from natural causes. She was a dear member of Rufus’ family and will always be remembered for her sweet and loving nature. Frieda was born November 21, 1981 at Holloman Air Force Base in […]

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ALERT – Deadly virus attacks monkeys in Cameroon - March 26, 2021

From PASA – Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance Already under constant threat of rising COVID-19 cases in Cameroon, Limbe Wildlife Centre is facing yet another deadly virus. It started suddenly when two drills (large, endangered monkeys) were found dead early one morning. Only an hour later, another drill showed signs of acute breathing problems, gasping for […]

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The Islamabad High Court Is Protecting the Legal Rights of Animals - March 25, 2021

Nicole Pallotta, Senior Policy Program Manager in the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Animal Law Program, analyzes the recent grant of legal personhood to animals and recognition of their natural rights by a landmark judgement given by the Islamabad High Court… In a ground-breaking decision, the Islamabad High Court in Pakistan has explicitly recognized that animals […]

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Stop using “Purin” for entertainment! Sign the petition - March 12, 2021

A petition created by Voice for Zoo Animals Japan to be sent to Ikuo Kabashima, Governor of Kumamoto Prefecture Yoshioki Sato, Mayor of Aso City, urges that Miyazawa Theater, in Kumamoto Prefecture, stops the exploitation of infant chimpanzee Purin. Unfortunately this kind of entertainment activities with animals still happens in some places in Japan. Purin […]

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Argentina / Chimpanzees: what will happen to the five individuals who live in zoos in the country? - March 10, 2021

They share more than 90% of chromosomes with humans; there is a specimen in captivity in Luján, another in Río Negro, another in La Plata and two in the Capital By Isabel de Estrada (La Nación) The chimpanzee is the closest relative to man. We share more than 90% of our chromosomes with them. In […]

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First great apes at U.S. zoo receive COVID-19 vaccine made for animals - March 8, 2021

By NATASHA DALY (National Geographic) An orangutan named Karen, the first in the world to have open-heart surgery in 1994, has made medical history again: She’s among the first great apes to get a COVID-19 vaccine. In February, Karen, three other orangutans, and five bonobos at the San Diego Zoo have received two doses each of […]

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Japanese research initiative with bonobos in DRC benefits conservation and support to forest people - March 4, 2021

By Jaqueline B. Ramos* / Photos credit: courtesy of SCB/WCBR Kiku arrived in the group when she was estimated to be 10 years old, on December 1984. She made a special bond with Halu, an older female, considered to be a “specific senior female” (SSF), using the scientific language of field researchers. With the support […]

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Peanut: 2003-2021 - March 4, 2021

From Center for Great Apes (CGA), It is with deep sadness that I share the news that our precious orangutan Peanut passed away this week. When her caregivers arrived in the morning, she was found in her nest of blankets and had passed during the night in her sleep. Peanut was 17-years-old and had faced serious […]

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Celebrate World Wildlife Day! - March 3, 2021

Happy World Wildlife Day 2021! In 2013, the UN defined March 3 as the date to celebrate wildlife and since then the day has been marked around the world with events and activities in support of wildlife protection. In 2021 the theme is Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet #DoOneThingToday to support forest communities […]

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Share with care - March 1, 2021

We are commonly asked about ways to help and support the GAP Project. We always explain that the best contribution is the dissemination of correct information and adequate images to raise the awareness of an increasing number of people. So stay tuned and NEVER SHARE IMPROPER CONTENT, such as: X Selfies with great primates. X Great […]

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A mysterious disease is killing chimps in West Africa. Scientists may now know the culprit - February 26, 2021

By Ann Gibbons (Science magazine) Disease ecologist Tony Goldberg was stunned in 2016 when he learned that a mysterious infection was swiftly killing chimpanzees at a lush sanctuary in Sierra Leone’s rainforest. “It was not subtle—the chimpanzees would stagger and stumble, vomit, and have diarrhea,” recalls Goldberg of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. “Sometimes they’d […]

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World Bonobo Day, the most peaceful great ape and also in danger - February 17, 2021

By Jaqueline B. Ramos* Today is World Bonobo Day and also Valentine’s Day (Valentine’s Day) in many countries. The date could not be more appropriate to celebrate this species of great ape whose trademark is its behavior, in general, more sweet and peaceful. Bonobos are the “less famous”great apes. Also known as pygmy chimpanzee, due […]

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Chimpanzee Martín dies at Buenos Aires zoo - February 10, 2021

Today, GAP Project Brazil was informed about the death of the chimpanzee Martin, who lived in the Buenos Aires Zoo, currently converted into an ecopark. In 2017, NGO AFADA (Association of Employees and Lawyers for the Rights of Animals) filed a request for Habeas Corpus in court to transfer him, his partner, Sasha, and his […]

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RIP – Black: 1970-2021 - February 7, 2021

Sorocaba, February 7, 2021 With great sadness, the Sanctuary of Great Primates of Sorocaba, affiliated with the GAP Project, informs that the chimpanzee Black died yesterday, 02/06, at 21:02, due to cardiac arrest. On Thursday, February 4, Black showed lameness and mild apathy. He was then medicated and anesthesia was being planned for a complete […]

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Africa: Far from COVID lockdowns bringing a lull to sanctuaries, even more primates need our help - January 27, 2021

From PASA – Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance The pandemic is exacerbating the complex causes driving the cruel illegal wildlife trade. Poaching and selling monkeys and apes is a rampant international problem. PASA members are working around the clock to arrest smugglers, bring confiscated primates to sanctuaries, and stop poaching in national parks. Omandja Omandja is […]

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Africa: He lost his mother, then his arm - January 15, 2021

From PASA – Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance Young chimps need space to play. Especially Julius, the two-year-old chimp with only one arm. But because Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary recently rescued a shockingly high number of 23 orphans from the cruel wildlife trade, the nursery where Julius plays is bursting at the seams. Julius needs a safe enclosure to recover […]

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Scientist and primatologist Sue Savage-Rumbaugh joins the Great Ape Project - January 12, 2021

January 12, 2021 – Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, Director of Project Kanzi, the bonobo who learned the language of symbols, joins the Great Ape Project as a scientific advisor and creates the GAP Project in the United States. Her experience and her advanced communication work with great primates, and especially with the bonobo Kanzi, enrich the GAP […]

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