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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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COVID-19: Rescued chimpanzees in Cameroon urgently need your help - April 30, 2020

From Children of Conservation Every day,  committed employees work to protect and conserve endangered species. During this global crisis, they need our help. Children of Conservation is committed to ensuring that the forgotten first responders for wildlife in Africa are able to survive during the COVID-19 crisis.  With your help, together we can ensure that […]

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Twelve rangers killed in latest Virunga Park incident - April 25, 2020

by Fred Kockott (Mongabay) Twelve rangers and five other people were killed in Virunga National Park in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday. It was the latest deadly incident in the park, where more than 150 rangers have been killed since 2006. Virunga, which includes large areas of intact rainforest that […]

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Unsung heroes of the COVID crisis - April 9, 2020

By PASA – Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance We are deeply worried about a group of people who are easily overlooked – the animal caregivers at primate rescue centers throughout Africa. As COVID-19 sweeps across Africa, these caregivers are our only hope in protecting the apes. Every day, for 25 years, Jonathan Kang has been caring […]

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PASA/Africa: Monkeys Need Food During COVID-19 - April 3, 2020

From PASA – Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance We can’t believe how much the world has changed in just a few weeks. COVID-19 has touched every corner of the globe, and it has been devastating to PASA member sanctuaries. The effects of this pandemic are hitting Vervet Monkey Foundation (VMF) in South Africa particularly hard. Travel […]

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The Chimpanzee & Me, by Ben Garrod: realistic and hopeful - April 1, 2020

Book review by Alyson Baker* In The chimpanzee & me, academic primatologist and broadcaster Ben Garrod relates his experiences with chimpanzees.  The stories are bracketed by tales of the first chimp he fell in love with – Pasa from the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Uganda – and cover the biology and plight of chimpanzees, mainly focussing […]

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Just Right - April 1, 2020

By Diana – Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest If you are new to the blog, here are two things to know about the boss female chimpanzee Jamie: she loves boots, and she is constantly ordering the humans around. You can see the force of her personality in these photos: She’s also very particular about the things that […]

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Virus which causes COVID-19 threatens great ape conservation - March 31, 2020

Interview with Johannes Refisch, United Nations Great Apes Survival Partnership Programme, Manager and Coordinator Both great ape research and tourism have allowed people to learn about chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas and orangutans, and to observe them from a close proximity. Great ape tourism also serves as an important source of revenue for governments and communities, and […]

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Coronavirus poses lethal threat to great apes, experts warn - March 25, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic could wipe out populations of chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans, leading scientists have warned. Our closest living relatives, which share about 98% of human DNA, are known to be susceptible to catching respiratory diseases from people. Even pathogens producing mild symptoms in humans have been lethal to great apes in the past. The […]

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The closure of Ngamba Island – update on COVID-19 - March 23, 2020

With the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, we are navigating unchartered waters. The world is yet again tested with a dangerous pathogen that has threatened our way of life. It is going to change how we relate with one another and has reminded us of the simple basic needs of humanity. Humans are part and parcel of […]

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COVID-19 puts great apes and monkeys in peril - March 20, 2020

From PASA – Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance This is one of the hardest letters I’ve ever had to write. Our hearts and thoughts go out to you and your loved ones who may be affected by COVID-19. At the same time, I need to tell you that the outbreak has created an unprecedented threat to many […]

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A Special Message from the Center for Great Apes - March 19, 2020

Dear CGA Members and Supporters, As the news each day presents updated information about the COVID-19 health crisis and the importance of protecting ourselves, our families, and our colleagues, we at the Center for Great Apes are changing our policies and protocols to comply with suggested guidelines, best practices, and even restrictions. At the sanctuary, […]

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Note from Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary about COVID-19 - March 18, 2020

With the progression of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the health, safety, and well-being of all the 50 chimpanzees, guests and staff remain our top priority. We are working closely with medical professionals, specialists and Uganda’s Ministry of Health regarding the necessary precautions to keep Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary secure and protected from the recent […]

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A Letter from the Executive Director: COVID-19 - March 17, 2020

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Sunday, March 15th, 2020 in Blog. Dear Friends and Supporters, Last week, I attended and presented at the UC Davis One Health Institute annual meeting. As you can imagine, the coronavirus pandemic was a major focus. The One Health Institute, Gorilla Doctors’ administrative home at the UC Davis School of […]

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The UN wants to protect these chimps’ unique culture - March 12, 2020

By Rob Picheta, CNN The unique culture of nut-cracking chimpanzees has been selected for conservation by the UN, marking the first time an animal activity has been preserved by the international body. After decades of extensive research into the advanced learning patterns of chimpanzees, the organization’s Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) body […]

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