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Monkey an Online Hit, but Experts Fear She is Doomed to a Life Alone

Erika Fleury August 23, 2014

It's a bleak picture for the tiny, 10lb Texas primate whose fan base has grown by a thousand just today.

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What Do Talking Apes Really Tell Us?

Erika Fleury August 22, 2014

Jane C. Hu explores the strange, disturbing world of Koko the gorilla and Kanzi the bonobo.

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UW-Madison’s Monkey Experiments Are Doomed to Fail

Erika Fleury August 16, 2014

This opinion piece by psychiatrist Dr. Murray J. Cohen examines the recent resurrection of maternal deprivation research at University of Wisconsin, Madison. He explains why the research that deprives monkeys of their mothers is scientifically vacuous and morally repugnant.

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Ebola Also Devastates Wild Ape Population

Erika Fleury August 15, 2014

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.

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When It Comes To Recognising Family, You Can’t Make a Monkey Out of a Macaque

Erika Fleury August 12, 2014

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.

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A Cage-Free Zoo Is an Oxymoron: A Cage Is a Cage Is a Cage

Erika Fleury August 11, 2014

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".

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Jane Goodall and Peter Gabriel Urge Air France to Stop Ferrying Lab Monkeys

Erika Fleury August 07, 2014

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.

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Eastern Kentucky University Students Practice Animal Enrichment With Primate Rescue Center Chimps

Erika Fleury August 04, 2014

Eastern Kentucky University students got up close and personal with 11 chimpanzees at the Primate Rescue Center in Nicholasville on Tuesday.

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Invasion of the Oil Palm

Erika Fleury August 01, 2014

New research shows African apes are likely to be affected by palm oil, but there’s hope, according to this article by John C. Cannon.

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Nearly Fifty Years of Endangered Primate Data Now Available Online

Erika Fleury August 01, 2014

A 48-year archive of life history data for the world’s largest and most diverse collection of endangered primates is now digital and available online. 

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