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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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Most Primate Species Threatened With Extinction, Scientists Find

Erika Fleury January 18, 2017

In a study of unprecedented scope, a team of 31 primatologists has analyzed every known species of primate to judge how they are faring. The news for man’s closest animal relatives is not good. Three-quarters of primate species are in decline, the researchers found, and about 60 percent are now threatened with extinction. From gorillas to gibbons, primates are in significantly worse shape now than in recent decades because of the devastation from agriculture, hunting and mining.

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Monkeys May Look Cute, but They’re No House Pets

Erika Fleury January 14, 2017

Vervet monkeys may look very cute, but these wild animals are definitely not pets. The end result, should someone try and capture them, is mostly the death of the animal.

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‘Star Wars Gibbon’ is New Primate Species

Erika Fleury January 11, 2017

A gibbon living in the tropical forests of south west China is a new species of primate, scientists have concluded.

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Primate Tool-Use: Chimpanzees Make Drinking Sticks

Erika Fleury January 10, 2017

Researchers have used camera traps to film tool-use that is unique to chimpanzees in Ivory Coast.

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Speedy Monkeys Fly through Area

Erika Fleury December 30, 2016

One of the more unusual stories to break during the last 12 months dealt with monkeys that mysteriously began turning up across the county and, just as mysteriously, disappeared.

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American Greetings Pulls its Chimpanzee Greeting Cards, at PETA’s Request

Erika Fleury December 21, 2016

In response to criticism from PETA about featuring chimpanzees on some of its greeting cards, American Greetings Corp. said it is pulling those cards and purging stock images from its files that feature a popular chimpanzee named "Connor."

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