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.
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posted in 01 Feb 2023
Center for Great Apes/USA: California Group update
From Center for Great Apes Sanctuary The seven former research chimpanzees who arrived at CGA one year ago from the closed Wildlife Waystation in Los Angeles are just fabulous!  The four adult males and three adult females have settled into their new home in Wauchula and have captured all our
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posted in 17 Jan 2023
Brazil is closer to becoming the 43rd country in the world to ban animal testing for cosmetics
Federal bill to ban cosmetics testing on animals clears Brazilian Senate Bill 70/2014, backed by Humane Society International, passed a plenary session vote in the Senate, advancing bill to final legislative step From Humane Society International BRASILIA, December 20, 2022 —After nearly a decade in the National Congress, Bill 70/2014, which aims to enact
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posted in 05 Jan 2023
Gorilla Bua Noi, one of the saddest of the world. Help spread the word against this absurd!
Female gorilla Bua Noi (photo), captured in the wild when she was one year old, an orangutan and several other animals are examples of the most archaic concept of a zoo that we unfortunately still encounter in the year 2023. They have been living for decades at Pata Zoo, a rooftop
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posted in 19 Dec 2022
GAP Project wishes Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas and may 2023 be a wonderful year for all living beings!  
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posted in 18 Dec 2022
Africa: Urgent help for baby chimpanzees
The baby chimpanzee Niete, who is less than one year old, is one example among many other victims of wildlife hunters in Africa. Her parents and other adults in her group were probably murdered for her to be captured with the purpose of commercialization. Niete was lucky and was rescued.
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posted in 15 Dec 2022
Three chimpanzees shot dead after escape from Swedish zoo
With great sadness we came across another news of chimpanzees' deaths after escaping from a zoo. This time it happened in Sweden, at Furuviksparken zoo, about 160 km away from Stockholm. According to the news released, yesterday, 12/14, 5 of the 7 chimpanzees who lived in the zoo escaped and were loose for hours.
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posted in 06 Dec 2022
The Darwin of our time
By Pedro Pozas Terrados (GAP Project Spain) On October 9, 2022, at the Royal Spanish Academy, in the presence of all the academics and authorities in sciences, knowledge and arts, as well as in that of several politicians, José María Bermúdez de Castro Risueño, took his place at the
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posted in 30 Nov 2022
Chimpanzees share experiences with each other, a trait once thought to be only human
A chimpanzee doesn’t hesitate to make it clear when it wants attention. The closest cousin of humans, this species of great ape has effective ways of communicating what it needs. Researchers have often observed captive chimps pointing to an object they want their caregivers to give them or young
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posted in 29 Nov 2022
Save the Chimps: Meet former Lab chimp Amy
From Save the Chimps Sanctuary Amy was born on February 2, 1983, at the Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. She was taken from her mother within two hours of birth - even though it's noted that Clair was a good mother. At just one year old, Amy was sent to
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posted in 27 Nov 2022
Tears, apples and travel blankets: Rescued chimps leave troubled California refuge for new home
BY LOUIS SAHAGÚN STAFF WRITER - LOS ANGELES TIMES Photography by MEL MELCON The morning began like so many others for the last 10 chimpanzees stranded at the shuttered Wildlife Waystation in the Angeles National Forest: whiling away the hours, spinning around and around, pushing toys across concrete floors and
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posted in 18 Oct 2022
WWF’S Living Planet Report reveals 69% drop in wildlife populations in the last five decades
By Jaqueline B. Ramos (Communication Advisor - GAP Project Brazil/International) Gland/Vienna: This past week, NGO WWF made an alarming disclosure, to say the least. Monitored wildlife populations - mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fishes species - have suffered an average 69% decline in their populations since 1970.  The data are
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posted in 05 Oct 2022
Support Sanctuary Center for Great Apes after hurricane Ian direct hit
From Center for Great Apes We received a direct hit from Hurricane Ian. All of the apes and staff are safe, but the grounds will need significant clean up. A few of the big oak trees, pines, and bamboo have come down along with some perimeter fences, but most of
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posted in 23 Sep 2022
USA: Our beloved chimpanzee Connor – 1995-2022
By Center for Great Apes Sanctuary "To our CGA Members and Supporters, Sadly, I have heartbreaking news to share with you. Connor, our 27-year-old chimpanzee who arrived from Missouri over a year ago, passed away last week. After showing signs of sudden illness a few weeks ago, a series of
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