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It's a bleak picture for the tiny, 10lb Texas primate whose fan base has grown by a thousand just today.
Jane C. Hu explores the strange, disturbing world of Koko the gorilla and Kanzi the bonobo.
One day in 1996, boys from a village in northern Gabon brought home a chimpanzee they found dead in the forest. The villagers butchered it for food. That act set off an Ebola outbreak that killed 21 people, according to the World Health Organization.
Years later, on a reporting trip in Gabon, author David Quammen met two men from the village who were there during the outbreak. At the time Ebola was ravaging their village and their families, they noticed something strange. In the forest nearby, 13 gorillas lay dead.
Thirteen dead gorillas, 21 dead humans. Plus the chimpanzee the boys found in the forest.
All victims of Ebola.
Macaque monkeys grow up with their mothers and are often not familiar with their fathers. But they can recognise the paternal side of the family even without ever being introduced to them, according to a study published in the journal Current Biology. The researchers suggest that just looking at another monkey is enough to know whether they are related.
This blog post by Marc Bekoff, Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, examines the plans to build a cage-free zoo in Denmark - something he deems "interesting, but unrealistic".
The world's best-known primate expert, Jane Goodall, and the musician Peter Gabriel, have joined a growing list of celebrities urging Air France to stop shipping monkeys for medical research, a move that would mean no big passenger airline in the world would do so.