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Stranded on Liberia’s Lab Chimp Islands

Erika Fleury September 07, 2015

A group of 66 tame chimpanzees used for US medical testing faces being abandoned on six Liberian islands amid a potential funding crisis.

The Primate Rescue Center, as part of the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance, is part of the coalition working to help these chimpanzees.

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UK Grad Runs Shelter for Rescued Apes

Erika Fleury August 26, 2015

Eileen Dunnington, PRC's Sanctuary Manager, was featured in an article that explored her unique responsibility of directing the care of our many rescued apes and monkeys. As she explained it, "our main priority is their well-being, their comfort and their care."

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Tiny Titi Monkeys Expand with New Species

Erika Fleury August 24, 2015

For nearly a century the carcass of a small, reddish-brown monkey from South America gathered dust in a windowless backroom of the American Natural History Museum in New York City. Like a morgue corpse in a drawer with the wrong toe tag, it was a victim of mistaken identity. No one realized during all those years that it was, in fact, a specimen of an unknown species.

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Dania Beach Full of Monkey Business

Erika Fleury August 22, 2015

For half a century, they have haunted the swampy forests east of Federal Highway.

The Dania Beach monkeys, African vervet monkeys thought to have been released by an old tourist attraction in the 1950s, beg bananas, mangoes and other handouts from people who live and work at the edges of their habitat.

The monkey colony has been a shadowy, little-known aspect of South Florida life, with the monkeys hiding in the almost impenetrable mangrove forests west of Port Everglades. But a Ph.D. student at Florida Atlantic University has begun shedding light on them, launching the first systematic study of them in 20 years. Her initial conclusions: Despite talk that the colony was dying out, it appears to be stable and enjoys broad popularity in the surrounding community.

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Has U.S. Biomedical Research on Chimpanzees Come to an End?

Erika Fleury August 18, 2015

Zero. That’s the number of labs that have applied for a permit to conduct invasive research on chimpanzees in the United States, as required by a new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) rule. The number suggests that all biomedical research on chimps has stopped—or is about to stop—and it’s unclear whether the work will ever start up again.

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Monkey Quarantined After Biting Target Employee

Erika Fleury August 13, 2015

With the help of social media, Bryant, Arkansas Animal Control has a primate in quarantine after it bit a woman.

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Jane Goodall Speaks Out Against Mauritius Monkey Trade

Erika Fleury August 06, 2015

Internationally renowned primatologist, Dr Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, has joined animal protection organization Cruelty Free International to speak out against the Mauritius monkey trade.

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Humans Aren’t The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps ‘Detox,’ Too

Erika Fleury July 30, 2015

Chimpanzees are like us in many ways. They can cook, they enjoy a good drink here and there, they share about 95 percent of our DNA. Now research finds another similarity: Chimps are taking mineral supplements and doing "detox" diets — by eating clay.

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New York Justice Denies Habeas Corpus Relief for Hercules and Leo…“For Now”

Erika Fleury July 30, 2015

The Nonhuman Rights Project issued the following press release today:

New York County Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe has issued a 33-page decision in the Nonhuman Rights Project’s (NhRP) habeas corpus case on behalf of two chimpanzees being held in captivity in a Stony Brook University laboratory.

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Woman Attacked by Pet Lemur at Antique Shop

Erika Fleury July 22, 2015

Elkhart, TX resident Lucinda Washington says she was shopping at an antique shop in Elkhart last month when a lemur attacked her, causing her to need medical attention.

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