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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 Our 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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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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How NASA’s Satellite Data Could Help Protect Chimps

Erika Fleury January 30, 2017

Chimpanzees are in crisis, but NASA may be able to help: The agency recently announced a partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute, in hopes of helping chimpanzee conservation efforts.

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The Secret Trade in Baby Chimps

Erika Fleury January 30, 2017

A secret network of wildlife traffickers selling baby chimpanzees has been exposed by a year-long BBC News investigation. The tiny animals are seized from the wild and sold as pets. The BBC’s research uncovered a notorious West African hub for wildlife trafficking, known as the “blue room”, and led to the rescue of a one-year-old chimp.

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Yellow Fever Outbreak is Killing Off Rare Monkeys in Brazil

Erika Fleury January 27, 2017

Rare monkeys in the forests of Brazil are being decimated by yellow fever. The outbreak started in late 2016 and, as is often the case in South America, it has spread to humans, killing at least 50 since the start of 2017.

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Untold Story of the English Village that Raised a Gorilla as a Boy

Erika Fleury January 26, 2017

The extraordinary life of an English village's resident gorilla that had its own bedroom, went for walks with schoolchildren and could do its own washing-up has been revealed. The ape played with children, ate roses from gardens and even enjoyed drinking tea and cider. Photographs of his Gloucestershire life - including being carried around by children in a wheelbarrow - have emerged in a new book.

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Beba the Monkey, Lost on WSU Campus, Has Died

Erika Fleury January 25, 2017

A marmoset monkey wearing a pink diaper got loose on the Wichita State University campus on Tuesday night, a university spokesman said Wednesday morning.

She died a few hours later, possibly of exposure, said WSU spokesman Joe Kleinsasser.

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