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Orangutans Sandra and Jethro to be a loving couple at the sanctuary - August 19, 2020

From Center for Great Apes One of the most well-known orangutan residents at the Center is Sandra who arrived from Argentina last November after a legal court order designated her with nonhuman personhood status. Sandra had lived alone her last ten years in the Buenos Aires zoo, and everyone hoped she would find a companion here among […]

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Why is cruelty to monkeys skyrocketing? - August 19, 2020

From PASA – Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance Last month, a lone baboon was found slowly crawling outside a hotel in Kenya. An arrow pierced through his soft fur and ribs. It missed his lungs by just an inch. PASA member sanctuary Colobus Conservation rushed to save the baboon. They performed lifesaving surgery and nursed him back to […]

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PASA/Africa: Ten-Year Action Plan for Western Chimpanzees - August 8, 2020

From PASA – Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance Despite the tremendous challenges of this year, we’re thrilled to share this encouraging news with you: a ten-year action plan for critically endangered western chimpanzees was just released, developed by many partners including the IUCN (a worldwide conservation organization), PASA, and our member sanctuaries in West Africa. The […]

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Africa: Orphans Saved by Bonobo Sanctuary - July 27, 2020

From PASA – Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance No one knows what happened to Pongo’s family, but the area where this tiny bonobo was found in the Democratic Republic of Congo is known for illegal hunting. She was all alone and in desperate need of expert care. Investigators learned of sweet three-year-old Pongo when they were alerted […]

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Pursuing dignified conditions of captivity for all non-human animals - July 16, 2020

By Jaqueline B. Ramos* Times of pandemic demand a deserved reflection on diverse ethical and moral dilemmas. Among them the way we relate to non-human animals. In this universe, there is a line of action whose objective is to provide beings who have suffered (or still suffer) in circuses and other exploratory activities, or in […]

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PASA/Africa: Violent Attack at Ape & Monkey Sanctuary - July 8, 2020

From PASA – Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance We still can’t believe what Drill Ranch went through. It’s the worst thing we’ve ever heard of at a PASA member sanctuary, but it’s important to tell you. Warning – the details of this incident may be disturbing to read. For nearly 30 years, the sanctuary has successfully rescued […]

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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 It’s also possible to buy directly with PGS (direccionpgransimio@gmail.com) or GAP […]

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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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