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Panels for Primates: Comic Artists Create Unique Fundraiser

April Truitt January 31, 2011

The brainchild of Canadian comic artist Troy Wilson, Panels For Primates features the compiled work of an international team of comic creators in Mexico, Germany, Israel and the US. This innovative online anthology of primate-themed comics was conceived as a way to raise awareness  - and evolved into a fundraiser to benefit The Primate Rescue Center in Nicholasville, KY. View the latest in this treasure-trove of creativity at ACT-I-VATE.com

Read more at BCLocalNews.com

The 50th Anniversary of Ham the Chimpanzee’s Space Flight

April Truitt January 31, 2011

Born and captured by trappers in Cameroon, Ham was one of 40 chimpanzees purchased by the Air Force and used to test flight equipment at Holloman Air Force Base. The Chosen One, Ham launched into space aboard the Mercury-Redstone rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, so engineers could test his vital signs. Upon his successful return, Ham spent 17 years living at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and a second zoo in North Carolina before his death in 1983.

Read more at Life.com

186 Alamogordo Chimps Get Reprieve From Research

April Truitt January 05, 2011

2011 is off to a hopeful start for 186 chimpanzees at the Alamogordo Primate Facility (APF), who have been granted a reprieve from transfer to a Texas laboratory for use in invasive research.

According to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) statement issued yesterday, the transfer will be delayed “pending an Institute of Medicine [the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences] in-depth analysis to reassess the scientific need for the continued use of chimpanzees.” The report is expected to take about two years.

Read more at NEAVS/Project R&R

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