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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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The Rights of Man and Beast

Erika Fleury April 26, 2014

The New York Times Magazine recently featured the story, struggles, and successes of Steven Wise and the Nonhuman Rights Project as they ask courts to consider the legal personhood of chimpanzees.

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Six Traits Humans Inherited From Monkeys

Erika Fleury April 26, 2014

Humans didn’t evolve from modern monkeys, but if you trace the branches of our family tree far enough, you’ll realize that we share a common ancestor. Here’s what they left us with...

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Wild Marmoset Seen Caring for His Dying Partner

Erika Fleury April 16, 2014

A wild male marmoset has been seen and filmed embracing and caring for his dying partner. The female accidentally fell from a tree in the forests of Brazil and the male comforted her as she lay dying. Such behaviour is "astounding", say scientists, having only been previously recorded in primates among chimpanzees and humans.

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Time Running Out for Rarest Primate

Erika Fleury April 14, 2014

China’s wildlife conservation efforts are under scrutiny as scientists battle to save a species found only in a tiny corner of an island in the South China Sea. The Hainan gibbon is the world’s rarest primate and its long-term survival is in jeopardy, according to an analysis.

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Liberia is Home to World’s Second Largest Chimpanzee Population, Study Reveals

Erika Fleury April 10, 2014

Liberia has one of the world's largest populations of Western chimpanzees, according to a new study by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. However, the primates may become increasingly threatened as deforestation occurs throughout the nation.

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