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A paper published in Scientific Reports last week documents — for the first time — that wild chimpanzee behavior meets the scientific criteria for teaching.
It’s been four long weeks for Leona Wilsey, but she hasn’t given up hope yet that Austin, a black-capped capuchin monkey, will return to her Rotterdam home safe and sound.
The Jessamine Journal reports that funding is limited for the Primate Rescue Center. However, with 600 lab chimps being nationally distributed to rescue centers, the PRC is willing to take on some of the 100 chimps who have not yet been distributed.
Sandra's release seemed imminent after an Argentine court said in 2014 that she was entitled to some legal rights enjoyed by humans in a landmark ruling. It seemed even nearer when the 140-year-old zoo where Sandra has lived for most of her life closed its doors this year and officials announced that hundreds of its animals would be set free as it transformed into a park. But she remains in a concrete cell in Buenos Aires.
Yet another "pet" monkey has escaped its owner, this time running loose in Arizona.
For the first time in 30 years, increasing the protection for a monkey species will finally be discussed by the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). That species is the Barbary macaque - the species of two of the PRC's residents, Shatar and Saidah!
The Primate Rescue Center was featured in a story by WKYT about the mass retirement of chimpanzees from laboratory research. As Eileen Dunnington, Assistant Director explained, "We hope that the laboratories, universities and the pharmaceutical companies that have profited from the use of these chimpanzees in their research will be held accountable and will provide the funding that these animals deserve."
Depending on whom you ask, September 7th’s U.S. government workshop on the state of nonhuman primate research was either a raging success or a complete fiasco. The event, held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, brought together dozens of scientists, veterinarians, and bioethicists to discuss how research on monkeys and related animals is contributing to human medicine and to review the welfare policies that surround this work. But observers differed widely on whether it accomplished what Congress had in mind when it told NIH to hold the event.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is urging caution after reports on August 19th that a small primate, possibly a Rhesus macaque, has been spotted on the loose near Albany, GA.