posted in 17 Feb 2024
In memory of Steven M. Wise (1950 – 2024)
GAP Project Brazil/International deeply mourns the death on February 16 of Steven M. Wise, a lawyer and great defender of the rights of nonhuman animals, who worked to break the barrier of species beyond humanity.
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posted in 22 Dec 2023
Interview: Biruté Mary Galdikas, the great forgotten one. A lifetime dedicated to the defense of orangutans and their habitat
Galdikas talks about his work of more than 50 years and highlights the challenges of protecting orangutans. "To save wild populations, we need to recognize the importance of forests and trees. (...) Without trees and forests, humans and great apes will not be able to survive in a climate-changed world."
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posted in 21 Dec 2023
Chimps can recognise peers decades later – especially if they got on well
Researchers have found bonobos and chimpanzees can recall peers they spent time with in the past, even if they have been separated for decades. What is more, this recognition appears to be influenced by whether they got on well with each other – or not.
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posted in 04 Dec 2023
Colombia: TV program calls for urgent transfer of chimpanzee Yoko
The TV story explains the whole case of the chimpanzees Pancho and Chita, who were shot and killed after escaping from their enclosure at Ukumari Biopark in July, and also the urgency of transferring Yoko, the only remaining chimpanzee at the site and in Colombia, to the Great Apes Sanctuary of Sorocaba, São Paulo, Brazil.
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posted in 28 Nov 2023
Chimpanzees make tactical use of high elevation in territorial contexts”
A very interesting study was recently published in the scientific journal PLOS Biology and has made headlines in the last few weeks. According to the study's authors, chimpanzees would also use military recognition tactics based on observations of "enemy territory" from high elevations, which were believed to be an exclusively human skill.
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Residents' Stories
posted in 29 Nov 2023
In memory of Johny - 05/20/2000 - 11/29/2014
"Johny was the beginning of everything, of a struggle that will never die." The Starostik couple took care of a baby chimp rejected at birth in a zoo and created a suitable place for welfare in captivity.
in memoriam
Born in a zoo on May 20, 2000, Johny was rejected by his mother. At five months old, he was received by the Starostik couple, living with them in their house until he was one year old, as he needed special care, such as a bottle every two hours.
Date of birth: 05/20/2000
Origin: Zoo
Sanctuary: São José dos Pinhais, Paraná/Brazil
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posted in 09 Nov 2023
Unknown past
Little is known about Johnny's origins and past. When he arrived at the Sanctuary, for example, he didn't have two fingers on his right hand, and there is no record of an incident that led to this.
Johnny is cheerful, affectionate, smart and loves to stay on the walkway of his enclosure, where he makes nests to sleep with several blankets and be very comfortable. He loves drinking water straight from the hose or bottles and grooming with his caregivers.
Date of birth: 1989
Origin: Curitiba Zoo
Sanctuary: Sorocaba, São Paulo/Brazil
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posted in 31 Aug 2023
Suzi and Singer, a historic meeting
Exactly 10 years ago, on August 31, 2013, philosopher Peter Singer visited the Great Apes Sanctuary of Sorocaba, São Paulo, Brazil. One of his hosts was chimpanzee Suzi, who was then two years old.
Female Suzi is docile, jealous and sometimes suspicious. She is also very close to her adoptive father, Jimmy, but interacts and gets along well with everyone in the group.
Date of birth: 06/10/2011
Origin: Sorocaba Great Ape Sanctuary
Sanctuary: Sorocaba, São Paulo/Brazil
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World Declaration on Great Apes Rights

We stand the proposal of equal extension in granting rights to all hominids/great apes.

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