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posted in 02 Jun 2023
Book review – “Chimpanzee”: lessons from our sister species
Chimpanzee is a wonderfully comprehensive book. Kevin D. Hunt is Professor of Animal Behaviour and Anthropology at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is a functional morphologist, using reverse engineering to consider how the anatomical structures of animals, in this case chimpanzees, function in their everyday lives.
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posted in 27 May 2023
GAP Project condemns the insults mande against the soccer player Vinicius Jr.
The Great Ape Project / Proyecto Gran Simio condemns the public insults made against the soccer player Vinicius Jr., calling him "monkey" in a pejorative way, when we, humans, are primates and, more specifically, great apes. Ignorance and lack of culture cause acts of this kind of racism and hatred to
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posted in 24 May 2023
Africa: Baby chimps continued to be rescue from illegal trade and need your support
From PASA - Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance We are terrified by how many orphaned primates will need our care in the coming months. PASA’s emergency rescue fund ensures that urgent rescues like these are conducted quickly, resulting in more lives being saved.  Last week, three chimpanzees and two young
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posted in 20 May 2023
From confinement to the open areas of the Sanctuary
Bruna lived in a circus for 15 years, most of the time confined to a small cage. When she was rescued, the cage had to be cut open, as she could no longer get out of the door.
Residents' Stories Bruna
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posted in 15 May 2023
Chimpanzees synchronize their steps just like humans
Behavioral research with chimpanzees is fascinating because, besides the similarities found with human behavior, it makes us think about the specificity of each species. One example is a recent research study presented in this video. The study "Inter-individual Coordination in Walking Chimpanzees” is a partnership between researchers from the University
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posted in 09 May 2023
Argentina: The Supreme Court of Río Negro ordered the transfer of chimpanzee “Toti” to a sanctuary
By Newsroom - Site Rio Negro The chimpanzee is 33 years old and has been in captivity in Bubalcó since 2013. Now, specialists will have to carry out a study to determine whether the animal is able to face the transference journey and determine the most suitable place. The Superior Court of
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posted in 03 May 2023
Comparison of genomes from 240 species makes fresh revelations about human evolution
In the end of April, scientists released the key results of a major study that compared the genomes of 240 species of mammals - including humans. Some of the findings of the Project Zoonomia were published in the journal Science and made fresh human evolution revelations. By comparing the genomes, it
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posted in 11 Apr 2023
Gorilla Bokito, who once attacked a woman, dies unexpectedly at 27 in a Dutch zoo
GAP's note: The story of Bokito is one among many examples of how complex it is to keep such intelligent beings in captivity. With the aggravating factor, in this case, that there is exposure and visitation. May Bokito rest in Peace... Blijdorp Zoo's famous western lowland gorilla, Bokito, died unexpectedly
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posted in 31 Mar 2023
Drones for great apes’ protection and conservation
Unesco announced earlier this year the launch of a drone project that will help monitor the health and changes in natural habitat of great apes in Africa and Asia. In partnership with the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (France) and the Sebitoli Chimpanzee Project (Uganda), the UN agency is enabling
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posted in 14 Mar 2023
Book “Adam the Ape”: friendship between a boy and a chimpanzee
The book "Adam the Ape", by Wolfgang Wambach, tells the story of the friendship between the boy Kenny and the chimpanzee Adam, who is exploited in a circus. The two meet and discover, among many other things in common, the ability to communicate through sign language. From this friendship the
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posted in 07 Mar 2023
On the edge of extinction: why western chimpanzees matter – photo essay
By Roberto García-Roa and Javier Ábalos, Photography by Roberto García-Roa / The Guardian - Jan 20, 2023  Western chimpanzees are on the brink of extinction, categorised by the IUCN as critically endangered. Photojournalist and scientist Roberto García Roa has been working with the Chimpanzee Conservation Centre in Guinea, one of
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posted in 01 Mar 2023
“When I’m 64”
Beautiful campaign by Save the Chimps Sanctuary @savethechimps in Florida, USA. Enjoy a heartwarming video featuring our residents and @thebeatles’ “When I’m Sixty-Four,” donated by McCartney @paulmccartney.  “Most people don’t realize chimpanzees can live into their sixties, thus their lifelong care at sanctuaries is a costly commitment. I
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posted in 16 Feb 2023
Argentina: chimpanzee Toti’s case updated
The chimpanzee Toti's case is old and in the beginning of this month there was a breakthrough with the publication of a sentence - not definitive, but favorable. Toti is 32 years old and was born in captivity, in Buenos Aires. He lived in the zoo in Córdoba and in 2013
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posted in 15 Feb 2023
Popular chimpanzees set hand-holding trends for the whole group
Apes copy the social customs of their influential peers - and their moms. By Jocelyn Solís-Moreira (Feb15, 2023) Holding hands isn’t just for human sweethearts. Chimps often clutch each other’s palms while grooming in a behavior known as handclasping. Handclasping is common among chimpanzees, and this endearing act
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posted in 07 Feb 2023
Katai, the only orangutan in a Brazilian Sanctuary
Meet Katai, who turns 38 today! The female orangutan was born in a German zoo and is a Sumatra/Borneo hybrid. She has been living at the Great Apes Sanctuary of Paraná, Brazil, since 2010.
Residents' Stories Katai
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