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Great Ape ‘Slavery’ Driving Them To Extinction

Erika Fleury July 03, 2014

Thousands of great apes are killed or trafficked into "slavery" each year in a multi-million dollar illegal trade that is driving some of man's closest relatives towards extinction, conservationists said.

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Ape Experts Sound Alarm Over Shrinking Habitats

Erika Fleury June 29, 2014

The accelerated and unsustainable exploitation of the Earth's primary natural resources has become a major threat to apes in Africa and Asia, a major United Nations environment conference heard Wednesday.

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Wildlife Alliance Warns of Illicit Trade of Ape

Erika Fleury June 18, 2014

On June 15th, a global wildlife group warned of rapid depletion of live chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans due to thriving illegal trade.

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Chimpanzees Spontaneously Initiate and Maintain Cooperative Behavior

Erika Fleury June 15, 2014

Without any pre-training or restrictions in partner choice among chimpanzees, researchers at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, found for the first time that chimpanzees housed in a socially complex, contained setting spontaneously cooperate with multiple partners of their choosing.

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Members of Parliament Demand Accurate Data on Primate Pet Numbers

Erika Fleury June 11, 2014

Members of Parliament are calling for urgent government action to determine how many primates are being kept as pets across the United Kingdom. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs committee says they are worried about the welfare of animals being kept privately.

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Kalamazoo Growlers ‘Cowboy Monkey Rodeo’ Promotion Draws Protests from Primate Advocacy Group

Erika Fleury June 10, 2014

One person's entertainment is another's animal abuse.

That's the message the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA), a nonprofit network of primate sanctuaries advocating for the high standards of care for primates in captivity, is sending to Kalamazoo Growlers President Brian Colopy and corporate sponsor Tishhouse Electric concerning a June 19 home promotion advertised to feature dog-riding monkeys herding sheep in a "cowboy monkey rodeo."

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How Jane Goodall Changed Our View of Humanity

Erika Fleury June 03, 2014

It took a woman to change our view of humanity – or mankind if you use the language of the time.  It was 1960 and Jane Goodall, a young secretary turned naturalist, began to closely examine our closest biological relative the chimpanzee.

What she discovered changed both our view of animals and what it means to be human and it propelled her on a journey to becoming a Doctor of Science, a Dame of fame, an author of books and a UN Messenger of Peace.

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Primate Patience: The Evolutionary Roots of Patient Humans and Chimps

Erika Fleury May 25, 2014

Humans can exhibit self-control, and now researchers have found that primates can too. The new findings shed a bit more light on the evolutionary roots of patience.

"Natural selection has shaped levels of patience to deal with the types of problems that animals face in the wild," said Jeffrey Stevens, one of the researchers, in a news release. "Those problems are species-specific, so levels of patience are also species-specific."

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Grenada’s Mona Monkey Population Under Threat

Erika Fleury May 14, 2014

The Government of Grenada is concerned about the survival of the Mona Monkey based on research that has revealed that the monkey could soon be placed on the list of endangered species.

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Ivory Coast Hopes Ecotourism Can Save Chimpanzees From Extinction

Erika Fleury May 06, 2014

Before dawn in the thick rainforest of western Ivory Coast, the air was filled with the sounds of male chimpanzees screaming, hooting and banging on trees.

A baby chimpanzee named Dali slowly stretched out his brown, furry arms and clumsily scrambled from a branch 20 meters (65 feet) high for a breakfast of nuts and insects provided by game rangers. In the next few minutes he would be joined by 15 others who soon clambered off into the depths of Tai National Park.

Chimpanzees normally resent humans, but scientists in the park have spent decades "habituating" them so they could be studied. Two years ago, a Disney film got up close for the Tim Allen-narrated "Chimpanzee," which was set in Tai park.

Now, conservationists and the Ivorian government hope to take advantage of the fact that chimps in Tai park are relatively comfortable around humans by launching eco-tourism projects designed to stem the chimpanzee population's precipitous decline.

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