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Deficit Hawk Swoops to Save Chimps from U.S. Research

April Truitt April 15, 2011

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.), a noted budget hawk, introduced a novel way to take a tiny chunk out of the federal deficit Wednesday: Pinch pennies by preserving primates.

The "Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act" would prohibit "invasive research" on chimpanzees and retire the approximately 500 government-owned chimps in labs to private sanctuaries within three years.

Read more at SeattleTimes.com

Open Wide and Say “Ahhhh”

April Truitt April 07, 2011

An annual physical is the norm for most people and even their pets. As it turns out, it’s also the norm for the 11 great apes at the Primate Rescue Center in Jessamine County.

Last Friday and Saturday, veterinarians and medical specialists from near and far met to perform physical examinations on the resident troop of chimpanzees at the center.

Read more at The Jessamine Journal

Woman Goes to Virginia Court with Monkey in her Bra

April Truitt March 11, 2011

A woman turned a few heads when she walked into a rural Virginia courthouse with a tiny monkey clad in a pink-and-white dress tucked in her bra.

The woman brought the palm-sized marmoset to Amherst County Courthouse on Thursday for a hearing in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Officials apparently didn't notice the monkey until the woman went to an office to complete some paperwork.

Read more at WashingtonPost.com

Humans and Apes Have Similar Aging Patterns

April Truitt March 11, 2011

When it comes to getting older, humans aren't so special after all.

It turns out their pattern of aging isn't too different from most other primates, such as chimpanzees, monkeys and baboons, new research shows.

A team led by Anne Bronikowski of Iowa State University studied data on primate aging collected over decades around the world and compared it with statistics on modern Americans. Aging was defined as the increased risk of dying from natural causes while getting older. Some experts have thought that because people have relatively long life spans, humans aged differently from other mammals.

Read more at USAToday.com

Tragic End for Family’s Pet “Escape Artist”

April Truitt March 11, 2011

Dexter, a 21-year-old capuchin monkey, met a tragic end after escaping his cage in a Belleview, Florida backyard.

Read more at Ocala.com

Primate Regulation Not Monkey Business for Missouri Senate

April Truitt March 09, 2011

A chimpanzee named Travis mauled a woman and left her face unrecognizable when he escaped his home in Stamford, Conn., and attacked Charla Nash, a close friend of his owner on Feb. 16, 2009. A year later, another chimpanzee, Sueko, also escaped from his home in Kansas City, and attacked a police car. Both Travis and Sueko came from Jefferson County, Mo.

The Senate Agriculture Committee debated a bill that would require owners to obtain permits for and neuter their primates incited passionate testimonies from several Missouri primate breeders.

Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis City, sponsored the bill after Eric Miller, veterinarian and senior vice president at the Saint Louis Zoo, requested these large and exotic animals be regulated.

"Missouri is one of the few states with no (statewide) regulation of large and exotic animals," Miller said. "It's a national standard Missouri is working on catching up to."

Read more at ColumbiaMissourian.com

Chimp Staying at Zoo During Custody Fight

April Truitt March 08, 2011

When Sueko arrived at the Kansas City Zoo in October she was overweight, accustomed to a human lifestyle.

The adult chimpanzee rode along with a trucker and his girlfriend and apparently enjoyed a diet heavy on people food. Now she is eating fruits and vegetables — and has lost weight.

“She looks good now,” said Liz Harmon, general curator at the zoo. “She looks like our other girls. She was pretty chunky.” But Sueko remains in a tug-of-war between Kansas City and the people who claim her.

The city confiscated the animal after she escaped from Mark Archigo in October and ran rampant in a south Kansas City residential neighborhood. It was not the first time Archigo was in trouble because of Sueko.

Read more at ColumbiaTribune.com

Chimps, Too, May Use Laughter For Social Gain

April Truitt March 03, 2011

Just like humans, chimpanzees mimic the laughter of others in order to strengthen social bonds, say researchers who studied 59 chimpanzees living in four groups in a sanctuary in Zambia.

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Their finding suggests, they say, that chimpanzees and other great apes have a more complex social use of expressions than previously thought.

"We found that their responsive laughter shows a similarity to the conversational laughter of humans," the study's lead author, Marina Davila-Ross, a behavioral biologist at the University of Portsmouth, in England, said in a university news release. "Both are shorter than spontaneous laughter, and both seem designed to promote social interaction."

Read more at US News & World Report

Comic Strip Series Helps Primates

April Truitt February 10, 2011

UVic student and former Camosun student Troy Wilson is fighting to raise money for a primate sanctuary in the United States, and he’s going about it with an unusual approach.

Wilson is the editor of Panels for Primates, which is an online anthology of comic strips about primates. The project started in October and one new comic strip will be installed every Wednesday until sometime in April. At the end of each installment is a page encouraging people to donate to the Primate Rescue Centre in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

Wilson admits the fundraising initiative is “an odd endeavour” and questions whether many people will donate money online for something they can view for free. But he says he hopes comic lovers will come around, as his own appreciation for comics inspired him to take on the project from the start.

Read more at NexusNewspaper.com

How “Chimpus Commercialus” Went From Ad Star to Endangered Species

April Truitt February 08, 2011

Before this year's Super Bowl, it had likely been years since most Americans had seen a national TV spot featuring an ape. That's because chimpus commercialus and its kin, thanks to pressure put on marketers and ad agencies by animal-rights groups, are on the verge of extinction.

Read more at Advertising Age

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