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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

Super Bowl Commercials: What Happens to Those CareerBuilder Chimps?

April Truitt February 07, 2011

They're not monkeys. They're chimpanzees with short working lives in entertainment, after which they can't be returned to zoos or the wild. Lucky ones end up in sanctuaries, needing care for the next 40 years.

Major ad agencies have pledged not to use Great Apes. Why won't CareerBuilder?

Read more at CSMonitor.com

Attention CareerBuilder: Put an End to Your Monkey Business!

April Truitt February 07, 2011

Project ChimpCARE, which is headquartered at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo, expressed its disappointment today concerning CareerBuilder's decision to use chimpanzees, dressed as humans, in its latest advertising campaigns. This practice, according to the group, suggests negative conservation and animal welfare implications.

A few years ago the zoo's primate experts published scientific research demonstrating that conservation efforts for endangered chimpanzees may be hindered by the media industry's inappropriate use and portrayal of the species. These findings were published in the journal Science.

Steve Ross, PhD, and founder of Project ChimpCARE explains, "Since that time, many advertising agencies have pledged to no longer use chimpanzees. It's disappointing that CareerBuilder continues this damaging and archaic practice."

Read more at Examiner.com

Memo to Adland: Enough With the Monkey Business

April Truitt February 06, 2011

Over the past few years, you may have noticed fewer and fewer commercials featuring apes - chimpanzees, in particular. That's a positive development, but the fact is there should be none.

Read more at Advertising Age

CT Schedules Exotic Animal Hearing

April Truitt February 04, 2011

February 16 will mark two years since Travis, the chimpanzee from North Stamford, CT attacked the friend of his owner and was killed by a police officer.

On the day before that tragic anniversary, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public hearing on a list of wild and exotic animals to be banned in the state.

All interested persons are invited to express their views on the proposed regulations.

Date: February 15, 2011
Time: 6:00PM
Location: Dept. of Environmental Protection
Phoenix Auditorium
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106

Read more at CTpost.com

North Carolina Monkey to be Euthanized

April Truitt February 03, 2011

A monkey that attacked three people in North Carolina will be euthanized, the state's veterinarian announced Tuesday.

The animal has bitten a total of three people, officials said, including Patricia Knight, who was freshening its water supply when the monkey bit her over the weekend. John Stacey, the animal's owner, has been charged with keeping a wild and dangerous animal and was given a $50 fine.

Read more at MyFox8.com

300 Animals Seized by Deputies & SPCA in Central Texas

April Truitt February 03, 2011

A pair of lions and tigers were among 300 domestic and exotic animals the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals helped seize this week from a Central Texas ranch.

Among the animals found were 39 horses, two mountain lions, two Bengal tigers, 230 dogs, 13 rodents, 18 cats, five birds, a deer, raccoon, lizard and one primate, who died in transit to the SPCA.

Two people who own the Coryell County property where the animals were seized have each been charged with a dozen counts of cruelty to animals, one of the charges a state felony count, officials said.

Read more at The Houston Chronicle

Monkey Attacks Woman While Owner Out of Town

April Truitt February 01, 2011

A North Carolina woman is recovering from bites on her hand after being attacked by a friend's monkey on Sunday.

Patricia Knight was sitting a black-capped capuchin monkey named Joe for a friend who went out of town when things got out of control around 3 p.m.

Knight said she opened Joe's cage to change his water bowl when he jumped on her head. Then as Knight tried to keep the pet from running outside the home, he attacked her, deputies said. Knight received medical treatment and is back home.

Read more at MyFox8.com

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