posted in 03 Oct 2023
Book review – “Primatology, Ethics and Trauma”, by Robert Ingersoll and Antonina Anna Scarnà
Although these studies have brought to light important facts about the abilities and intelligence of chimpanzees, some scientists have argued that they are inconclusive, questioning their scientific value and, above all, the psychic and traumatic impact caused to the “guinea pig” chimpanzees.
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posted in 07 Sep 2023
Spain: GAP Project calls for the Declaration of the Rights of Great Apes and their inclusion as World Living Heritage of Humanity
Given the perilous situation in which great ape populations find themselves and the dramatic appeal by UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay, in which she recently declared that their populations are in danger and that “the protection of these humans’ cousins, from whom we have only a 2% difference in DNA, is a collective responsibility”, the…
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posted in 01 Sep 2023
Giving Day for Apes
Starting today, September 11, until October 3, 2023, join Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries for a global day of giving in support of qualified sanctuaries and rescue centers providing rehabilitation or long-term care for chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, gibbons and orangutans throughout Africa, Asia and North America.
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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.
Residents' Stories Suzi
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posted in 23 Aug 2023
The human-chimp bond captured in an iconic photo
In 1964, Jane Goodall’s husband Hugo van Lawick took a photo of her and an infant chimp reaching out to each other. Decades later, it continues to impact how we view chimpanzees. On 14 July 1960, 26-year-old Jane Goodall arrived by boat to the shores of Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania. Here, in what is now Gombe…
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posted in 15 Aug 2023
Jeff McCurry, Harambe’s friend
The excellent photographs that Jeff McCurry has taken of nature and its living beings are extraordinary and his existence is full of that wonderful contact with Mother Earth, showing us in all its splendour, the colourfulness of life. His sensitivity and empathy towards other species made him have a special relationship with a male gorilla…
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posted in 14 Aug 2023
Colombia: About the difference between a zoo and a Sanctuary and the transfer of chimp Yoko
On August 8 the Colombian TV channel Pasión Animal #PasionAnimalTV dedicated an almost entire program to the case of chimpanzee Yoko, currently the only resident of the Ukumari Biopark zoo. After the escape followed by death of Chita and Pancho in July, activists are negotiating the transfer of Yoko
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posted in 12 Aug 2023
Extreme Weather Is Coming. Someone Has to Tell the Chimps.
When Michelle Reininger went to bed on Thursday, June 15, she wasn’t worried about the weather. The last time she checked, the forecast had called for scattered showers. But in the middle of the night, an emergency alert blared on her phone: a severe thunderstorm warning. Winds were expected to reach 80 miles per hour.
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posted in 05 Aug 2023
Save the Chimps Sanctuary: The Carole Noon Legacy Society
The Carole Noon Legacy Society is named in honor of Dr. Carole C. Noon (1949–2009), Save the Chimps’ visionary co-founder. It is because of her determination, her compassion, and her ability to inspire others to act that we have a protected and spacious home for our resident chimpanzees. From suing the U.S. Air Force for…
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posted in 20 Jul 2023
Experiencing Gut Aiderbichl Sanctuary for Traumatized Chimpanzees – Gänserndorf, Austria
Gut Aiderbichl Sanctuary for Traumatized Chimpanzees today is home to 29 chimpanzees. At its foundation, in 2009, there were 38 individuals (chimps) and another 5 monkeys (reshus) who had survived after 30 years of laboratory research.
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posted in 20 Jul 2023
Request to transfer chimpanzee Yoko from Colombian zoo to Brazilian sanctuary
This is a letter sent by the GAP Project Spain to the President of Colombia with copies to different authorities (Minister of Environment, Director General, Mayor of the Municipality of Pereira, Manager of Ukumari Biopark and Luis Dominguez, lawyer representing the Great Apes Project Spain in Colombia) about the situation of Yoko, the only chimpanzee…
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posted in 06 Jul 2023
In Loving Memory of Seve (1993-2023)
Seve was born on July 9, 1993, at the Coulston Foundation in Alamogordo, New Mexico, a laboratory with extensive violations of the Animal Welfare Act. At age two, he was taken from his mother and used in multiple experiments. During these studies he had severe allergic reactions, anesthetic complications, and a part of his liver…
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posted in 12 Jun 2023
Billy and the humanization dilemma
Billy is an example of how humanized chimpanzees can become outside of their natural environment. Despite being an indicator of his intelligence, his behavior will always be a reminder of his past.
Residents' Stories Billy
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posted in 09 Jun 2023
Africa: Severe storm wreaks havoc on chimpanzee sanctuary
Disaster can strike at any time and put the lives of endangered great apes and monkeys at risk. Severe storms damage chimpanzee enclosures, generators unexpectedly die and cut off the main water source, and deadly viruses attack.
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posted in 07 Jun 2023
Empty Forests – How politics, economics and corruption fuel live great ape trafficking
In April, Daniel Stiles, an independent wildlife trade researcher for over 20 years, released a report by the Global Initiative organization warning about the problem of great apes trafficking in Africa. A sad already known reality, but that, unfortunately, seems to be no closer to being solved.
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