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An Infused Tequila is Taking Bourbon Country by Storm

Erika Fleury February 17, 2017

Did you know some monkeys have a taste for fermenting fruits? Neither did the owners of a new spirits company, until they stumbled upon the fact while tossing around names for their infused tequila, made from Mexican agave fruits. The coincidence was too fitting, and Spider Monkey Spirits was born.

Now, the partners encourage their customers to #findyourinnermonkey — an idea that's caught the attention of the Kentucky Primate Rescue Center, located in Nicholasville. Kidwell said the owners plan to partner with the center on future projects.

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Serious “Monkey Business” Went on at Mysterious Orange Park Research Center

Erika Fleury February 05, 2017

To the locals, it was the “Monkey Farm.” To the Boy Scouts, it was the “Ape Farm.” Shrouded in mystery, it spawned tales that reached King Kong-size proportions around the flickering firelight at nearby Camp Echockotee.

But this was no primate zoo. Officially, it was the Yale Laboratories of Primate Biology. And there was serious research, or monkey business, if you will, going on there.

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USDA Blacks Out Animal Welfare Information

Erika Fleury February 03, 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today removed public access to tens of thousands of reports that document the numbers of animals kept by research labs, companies, zoos, circuses, and animal transporters—and whether those animals are being treated humanely under the Animal Welfare Act. Henceforth, those wanting access to the information will need to file a Freedom of Information Act request.

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A Gorilla Shot and Killed Before my Eyes: a Primatologist’s Plea to Save Great Apes

Erika Fleury February 03, 2017

A recent study on primate conservation confirms what primatologists have known for a long time: the planet of the apes is on the verge of extinction.

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Chimps Of Nicholasville’s Primate Center Make Their 2017 Super Bowl Pick

Erika Fleury February 03, 2017

Lex18.com reported on the PRC chimpanzees' prediction for the winnter of Super Bowl 2017! Video is at the link.

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Our Changing Attitudes to Chimpanzees

Erika Fleury February 02, 2017

The BBC's revelations about the illegal trade in baby chimpanzees triggered an outpouring of emotion on social media about the cruelty suffered by these adorable animals.  And this raises questions about how our attitudes to our closest relations in the natural world have changed.

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A New View Into The Primate Birthing Process

Erika Fleury February 02, 2017

During a 10-year span, a team of primatologists witnessed 15 daytime births in wild gelada monkeys residing in the grasslands of high-altitude Ethiopia. It's unusual to witness daytime births. It's still unclear why these 13 live births and two stillbirths — a small percentage of the overall births that occurred during the decade of observations — took place during the day. 

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