News

USA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES REACTS - March 1, 2009

A bill proposal that had been presented to USA House of Representatives a long time ago and had not been voted – H.R. 80, named Captive Primate Safety Act – was approved with a majority vote of 323 to 95 on February 24th. The bill prohibits the continuation of medical torture with great primates in […]

Read more

RESCUE OF BABY CHIMPANZEES IN CONGO - February 26, 2009

PASA NEWSIn a common effort involving several organizations that work in Africa and coordinated by PASA, an operation that lasted less than 3 weeks has rescued three baby chimpanzees from illegal dealers on the region of Kivu. The chimpanzees were sent to sanctuary Jack, in Lubumbashi, in Democratic Republic of Congo. The baby chimpanzees, who […]

Read more

BONOBOS: NEW SPECIES OR ADAPTED CHIMPANZEES (PART 2) - February 26, 2009

OPEN DEBATE Continuing the open debate, I present new information that sustains our arguing.When researchers of Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology analyzed gene Xq13.3, in 1999, they proved that some subspecies of chimpanzees were more distinct between them than between bonobos. It is very surprising. After all, bonobos and chimpanzees are considered to be two […]

Read more

LOVING CHIMPS TO DEATH - February 26, 2009

A tragedy in Connecticut is a reminder of the mistakes we make when we try to turn the wild animals into pets and entertainers. By Jane Goodall February 25, 2009 Last week in Stamford, Conn., a chimpanzee named Travis was shot and killed after he mauled a friend of his owner. The chimpanzee lived with […]

Read more

UNDERSTANDING TRAVIS - February 25, 2009

After watching the images broadcasted by North American TV, the audio of the desperate request made by Sandra Herold to the local police and the several declarations of supposed specialists in chimpanzees, we found ourselves obliged to try to explain to the general public and come to conclusions about what happened in that house in […]

Read more

NEW YORK TABLOID RELATES OBAMA TO MONKEY - February 19, 2009

Reuters and Associated Press NOVA YORK – A comic illustration published on Wednesday, 18, in newspaper The New York Post outraged civil rights leaders and politicians – as it reproduced stereotypes of racial discrimination with black people and monkeys. According the critics, the cartoon clearly refers to American president, Barack Obama. The illustration shows a […]

Read more

STAMFORD TRAGEDY: TRAVIS WENT TO HIS ROOM TO DIE - February 18, 2009

Almost ten years ago, Guga, who was 7 months year old, used to live in our house in Itu. He had his room, his square and his toys and was part of the family. GAP Sanctuary did not exist yet. One day, a friend of my daughter Aline entered the house and Guga attacked and […]

Read more

CHIMPANZEE IS KILLED BY SHOTS IN UNITED STATES - February 17, 2009

Chimpanzee Travis used to live with a family in Stamford, in the state of Connecticut, USA, as a pet. He was very civilized. He took baths by himself, used the toilet, wore clothes and ate his meals at a table, according to his owner in a report made in the time of a runaway of […]

Read more

A FIGHTER HAS DIED - February 11, 2009

SOROCABA SANCTUARY We were never able to find out her true history, where she had came from, how many places she had passed. We only knew that she had given birth to three babies, who, luckly, had been rescued by GAP and were given a decent and human-exploitation free life style. Tata died on February […]

Read more

OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA - February 11, 2009

Mr. President, one of your first decisions when you assumed the Presidency of the United States was to put an end to the secret "torture centers" that existed in the world. This action that aimed to the transparency of your administration was greeted by everyone as a courageous, ethical and humane act. Nevertheless, there are […]

Read more

DARWIN: 200 YEARS OF CHALLENGES AND VICTORIES - February 10, 2009

We are celebrating the 200th anniversary of birth of evolutionist Charles Robert Darwin, who was born on February 12nd. He was wrongly named as the man who killed God. In a time that religion was more than a simple faith segment, to go against the Church was something not acceptable. But, after all, what Darwin […]

Read more

HELP END CHIMPANZEE RESEARCH IN USA - February 5, 2009

R&R Project (Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in US laboratories) is promoting a world campaign to support a bill proposal o protection of great primates – The Great Ape Protection Act – GAPA – in the United States. The bill has been referred to several committees of North American Senate in April 2008 and seeks […]

Read more

BONOBOS: NEW SPECIES OR ADAPTED CHIMPANZEES? - February 5, 2009

Recently it became known that there are five great primates: man, chimpanzee, gorilla, orangutan and bonobo. Before that, only four were listed, because the bonobos had not been recognized yet as a species. They were considered as \’pigmy chimpanzees\’.  I confess I have never seen a bonobo and everything I know I have learnt through […]

Read more

BABY BONOBO DIES UNEXPECTADLY - February 4, 2009

There is no more than 200 bonobos in zoos around the world and a little bit more than 50 in the unique bonobo sanctuary, the LOLA YA BONOBO, in Congo. Then, when a bonobo dies, it is a important loss in the conservation of the species, and it is even more serious when the death […]

Read more

TORTURE CENTER UNDER ACCUSATION - February 4, 2009

NGO "STOP ANIMAL EXPLOITATION NOW", from Ohio made a denounce to North American Agriculture Department asking for the investigation of abuse and torture practiced in a private lab of medical experimentation that happens to receive federal funds for its operations. This labs name is New Iberia Research Center, in the city of Lafayette, Louisiana. In the […]

Read more

BABY BONOBO TRAVELS IN EXECUTIVE CLASS - February 4, 2009

A three-month old bonobo baby, called Billi, traveled in the last days of January from Great Britain to Frankfurt, in Germany, together with his zoo keeper in the executive class, as long as he was too small. In general he would be sent in the cargo compartment of the plane. According to the zoo, his […]

Read more

GUIDAGE GOES TO NETHERLANDS - February 4, 2009

Guidage, 18 year old female chimpanzee, lived for years in a metallic cage in a car repair office in Bombarral, Portugal. Her partner died in the same cage some months ago and she was very lonely. Mario Carmo (author of the book "I am Chimba" and director of an NGO in Portugal and Angola of […]

Read more

DANGEROUS VISITORS - January 31, 2009

DANGEROUS VISITORS For months Gugas’s group assisted the construction of a big framework, located about 200 meters away from their house. The chimpanzees knew someone would inhabit it, at any moment. But they did not imagine that it could be so dangerous guests, primates’ predators. A few weeks before the arrival of the new guests, I […]

Read more

TEN NEW BABIES IN THE MOUNTAIN OF GORILLAS - January 29, 2009

January 26th 2009: According to wildlife officials, the first census of critically endangered mountain gorillas carried out by government authorities since rebels seized the area shows that 10 babies have been born in the last 16 months. The fragile habitat in the Central African highlands, which is home to some of the world\’s last remaining […]

Read more

CHIMPANZEES CENSUS IN SIERRA LEONE - January 29, 2009

Sierra Leone put an end, in 2002, to a civil war that lasted 10 years. In 1981 a census identified only 2000 chimpanzees considered to be wild. Tacugama sanctuary, in collaboration with Forests and Agriculture Ministry, PASA and a group of international organizations, began to do a census to define how many chimpanzees, of verus […]

Read more