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The Montague County, Texas Sheriff's Office has revealed a Bowie-area woman is recovering from a monkey attack earlier in November. The woman was treated for minor injuries she received after being attacked by a Japanese snow macaque on her back porch recently.
They are our closest living relatives in the animal kingdom, yet more than half of the world's primates are facing extinction due to our destruction of the habitats where they live.
Scientists released a new report on the world's most endangered primates. The Hainan gibbon in China has just 25 individuals remaining in the wild. There are just 50 Northern sportive lemur left living in Madagascar. Scientists warn new efforts are needed to save many of these species.
The National Institutes of Health announced that it would end its support for invasive research on chimpanzees and retire the 50 chimps that it had set aside for future biomedical research.
A monkey ran wild through a Harlingen, Texas neighborhood on Wednesday, November 18th, injuring an 84-year-old woman, according to information released by the Harlingen Police Department.
The Primate Rescue Center was featured in a news story about the dangers of exotic pets. Click the link to read the transcript and watch the video.
When the Fish and Wildlife Service decided in June to classify all chimpanzees, captive or wild, as endangered, the ruling meant that any biomedical experiment or export of chimps from the United States, whoever owned them, would be subject to a strict permit process under the Endangered Species Act. How the new rules will play out is an open question. A partial answer is about to come in the first test of the new endangered listing, a permit application now before the Fish and Wildlife Service.
In the first case of its kind, a female chimpanzee has been observed caring for an infant with severe disabilities in the wild.
Recently, in a New York Times Op-Ed, Dr. Peter Walsh made the case that curtailing biomedical research on chimpanzees may negatively impact the ability for conservationists to save that species in the wild. It's a compelling argument on the surface, pitting animal protection groups who have cried victory in helping eliminate the invasive use of chimpanzees for medical research, against those invested in shielding chimpanzees in Africa from a very real threat: the Ebola virus.
But is it that simple?
The suffering of pet monkeys across the UK is highlighted as animal health and welfare groups launch a petition to end the keeping of primates as pets.
Yerkes National Primate Research Center (Yerkes) is planning to donate eight chimpanzees to England, amidst the criticisms of animal activists - including the Primate Rescue Center.