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Simba arrived! - June 3, 2009

SOROCABA SANCTUARY Siberian tiger Simba, abandoned by a circus at Porto Seguro, in Bahia state, more than two years ago in a pitiful condition, arrived from Vitória da Conquista, Bahia, where he was under the care of Ibama.   In an official car of Ibama, they left early on Tuesday, June 2, and arrived at […]

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New guests of GAP Sanctuary - June 2, 2009

SOROCABA SANCTUARY   In the last few weeks several new guests arrived at the sanctuary to enrich the diversity of species and to show society what the circus did with them. And why cool circuses are circuses without animals   Tiger Chitara – female, adult, Siberian origin. Tiger Simba – male, adult, Siberian origin. Bear […]

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Simba is arriving! - June 1, 2009

SOROCABA SANCTUARY   He was abandoned at Porto Seguro, at Bahia state, by an itinerant circus, as it has been happening in the last years with tigers, lions and other animals. Ibama confiscated him and took him to a provisory enclosure. He was very thin, maybe near to death.   After two years of intense […]

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GAP Project participates of PASA Workshop - May 29, 2009

COLUMBUS, OHIO, USA On May 19-21, PASA (Pan African Sanctuary Alliance) promoted a Management Workshop at Columbus, Ohio, United States. This meeting had two special characteristics: apart from celebrating PASA’s 10th anniversary, it was the first workshop of the alliance held outside Africa.   GAP Project Brazil/International participated of the workshop this year, aiming to […]

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Tacugama’s hero - May 27, 2009

DISNEY PRIZE 2009 On April 23, 2006, a warning sign sounded in the morning when 31 chimpanzees of Tacugama Sanctuary, in Sierra Leone, West Africa, had escaped and attacked a taxi driver, who was taking three tourists he was taking to the sanctuary. He ended up dead.   Bala Amarasekaran, founder of the sanctuary, was in […]

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Wenka, 55 years of torture - May 26, 2009

EMORY UNIVERSITY Last May 21 was a common day for a chimpanzee whose face is not known for us, but whom we know that is held at the basement in Yerkes National Primate Research Center, of Emory University, in Atlanta, United States. Wenka knows that she lives for a long time at Yerkes, but she […]

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An angel to bonobos - May 19, 2009

Bonobos (Pan paniscus) only occur in a region of Democratic Republic of Congo. In the past they were known as the pygmy chimpanzees, as long as they are smaller than the regular chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). There is only one sanctuary in Africa dedicated to bonobos, Lola Ya Bonobo, located at capital Kinshasa, which today hosts […]

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GAP Project at National Geographic (video) - May 17, 2009

International agency Associated Press produced a news video about GAP Project in Brazil and it is exhibited at National Geographic website. Click here to see the video.

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Law prohibits animals in circuses in Bolivia - May 14, 2009

Country gives the example The Senate of Bolivia approved on May 13th the Law Project 1.143/ 2008-2009, which prohibits the use of wild and domestic animals in circus in the country. According to the new law, the circuses have one year to adapt their shows to the prohibition. In case the law is not respected, […]

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GAP Project/ PGS awarded with Chico Mendes Prize - May 14, 2009

CORDOBA, SPAIN Cordoba City Hall, in Spain, announced today the winners of a local prize that awards those who contribute with environment and nature preservation and takes the name of a Brazilian leader, Chico Mendes. One of the winners was GAP Project / PGS Spain, for its work together with the Deputy Chamber, which approved […]

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Sofia arrives! - May 14, 2009

SOROCABA SANCTUARY    Sofia arrives!   We know it was close to happen. We were accompanied Samantha diary, in the last few days every each hour. Milk started to pump out of her breasts and she was looking for privacy and did not want be with other chimpanzees. She only felt safe when Guga was […]

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The risks of having a chimpanzee at home - May 12, 2009

USD 10 MILLION FOR AGRESSION Sandra Herold was the owner of chimpanzee Travis, 13 years old, who was shot dead by the police last February after having attacked her friend, Carla Nash, who was trying to catch him. Travis had run away of the house he lived with Sandra.   Carla Nash is still in […]

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Yuri: the last chimpanzee in circus in Brazil - May 8, 2009

Circus without animals   Last May 6th was aN important day on the history of chimpanzees in Brazil.   The last chimpanzee who worked in a circus was delivery, by free will, to GAP Sanctuary in Paraná state. Yuri worked for years in the circus performing a show called DEATH GLOBE, where he rode a […]

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Chimpanzees’ warrior dies - May 8, 2009

DR. CAROLE NOON, IN MEMORIAM   “Chimpanzees’ warrior dies”   After Jane Goodall, maybe the most known primatologist on the work with chimpanzees in the recent years was Dr. Carole Noon. We had the chance to know her eight years ago, in the sanctuary she was giving the start in Fort Pierce, Florida, with 20 […]

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Travis and Catarina: A pre-announced tragedy - May 4, 2009

Carla Nash is still in critic condition at Cleveland Clinic. She does not have her hands, eyes or nose anymore, and part of her chin disappeared. Chimpanzee Travis, 13 years old, did this harm in a few minutes. The tragedy occurred in February this year in Connecticut, United States, and ended with Travis being shot […]

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VITOR: A REAL SURVIVOR - April 22, 2009

SOROCABA SANCTUARY   VITOR: A REAL SURVIVOR   Vitor was born in a Chimpanzee breeding place in Morrete, Paraná, almost ten years ago, son of Lulu and Flint. His left arm was hurt due to a dispute between his mother and another female who lived with her. When he was five days old, weighting only […]

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RESEARCHER LAUNCHES ALERT ABOUT THE SLAUGHTER OF ENDANGERED HOWLER MONKEYS IN RIO GRANDE DO SUL STATE - April 16, 2009

GAP PROJECT SUPPORTS Researcher launches alert about the slaughter of endangered howler monkeys in Rio Grande do Sul state Júlio César Bicca-Marques, full time professor and researcher of Primatology Research Group, from PUC/RS Bioscience Faculty, has just launched an alert pointing the slaughter of howler monkeys (already threatened to extinction) in Rio Grande do Sul […]

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THE LAST CHAIN - April 15, 2009

SOROCABA SANCTUARY Every animal that are in circuses have chains around their necks. It is the way to dominate them and a reminder of the torture that they suffer in there. Throughout all these years of chimpanzees’ rescues, we have been pulling out these mankind shame chains. Bear Faze, who has recently arrived at GAP […]

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NEW ORANGUTAN POPULATION FOUND IN INDONESIA - April 15, 2009

A previously unknown population of rare orangutans has been discovered in the forests of Indonesian Borneo, raising hopes for the species’ survival. Up to 5,000 endangered Bornean orangutans are believed to be living in limestone mountains in East Kalimantan province after surveyors in December found 219 orangutan "nests", according to Nature Conservancy. The nests, sleeping […]

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FEMALE ELEPHANT IS CONFISCATED BY IBAMA IN CURITIBA - April 15, 2009

FEMALE ELEPHANT IS CONFISCATED BY IBAMA IN CURITIBA A female elephant called Bambi has been confiscated temporarily by Ibama in Curitiba. She was with Circus Moscou, but it seems that she really belongs to Circus Orlando Orfei, which owns a significant quantity of animals. In order not be guilty with an apprehension, the circus affirmed that […]

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