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To Avoid Adverse Ruling Yerkes Agrees Not To Export Chimpanzees, Full Case To Be Decided in Sept.

Erika Fleury May 25, 2016

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia held a three-hour hearing on a motion for a preliminary injunction, filed May 9, against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by the New England Anti-Vivisection Society and its coalition of sanctuaries and chimpanzee experts, to stop Yerkes National Primate Research Center from exporting eight (now seven) captive chimpanzees to an unaccredited zoo in the U.K., Wingham Wildlife Park. 

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Grieving Monkey Mourns His Mate

Erika Fleury May 25, 2016

A group of researchers in China got a chance to not only glimpse the aftermath of a loss, but the events leading up to it as well. It’s an event that they say provides important insights into animals’ conception of death and loss.

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Saving Cobra: The Rescue of an Orphaned Chimpanzee

Erika Fleury May 09, 2016

The tip came late at night and left Bernard Iyomi with a difficult choice.

Iyomi, a veteran of the Democratic Republic of Congo's conservation agency, the ICCN, is the chief of the local force in the remote town of Bili. When it comes to wildlife protection in this town, and in the 12-thousand square miles of forest than surrounds it, the barrel-chested Iyomi has extraordinary powers. But the information he received, that a baby chimpanzee was held captive, tied to a post on an army base, put him in a difficult position

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The Sexy, Happy Apes We Might Have Been

Erika Fleury May 09, 2016

Something like 2 million years ago, evolution gave the world a gift that's still sitting there wrapped in a bow. The problem is that it was delivered to the wrong address; we humans didn't get it.

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Chantek the Orangutan ‘Buried Alive’ in Atlanta Zoo After Being Raised to Communicate as Human

Erika Fleury May 07, 2016

Chantek the orangutan is languishing in an Atlanta zoo, and the sign language he was proficient at while growing up among humans lies wasted.

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What You Need To Know About That ‘Cute’ Lemur Video

Erika Fleury April 27, 2016

Anthropology professor Barbara J. King explains why a recent viral video featuring children petting a lemur is neither cute nor heartwarming.

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Approves Yerkes Chimpanzee Export to Unaccredited U.K. Zoo Despite U.S.

Erika Fleury April 25, 2016

The New England Anti-Vivisection Society and a coalition of sanctuaries and chimpanzee experts, filed suit against the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in response to its Thursday (April 21) decision to grant Yerkes National Primate Research Center a permit to export eight endangered chimpanzees -- Abby, Agatha, Elvira, Faye, Fritz, Lucas, Tara and Georgia -- to Wingham Wildlife Park, an unaccredited commercial zoo in Kent, England. 

As succinctly stated by April Truitt, Director of Primate Rescue Center, "These animals have suffered enough. They deserve to go to sanctuary."

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Monkey Kept Alone In Garage Was So Depressed He Kept Hurting Himself

Erika Fleury April 25, 2016

Jersey, a brown capuchin monkey, was kept as a house pet for nine years … and it nearly ruined him. Learn how the Primate Rescue Center helped save Jersey.

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Many ‘Retired’ NIH Research Chimps are Seriously Ill, Government Report Says

Erika Fleury April 20, 2016

The National Institutes of Health announced three years ago that hundreds of chimpanzees it held for medical research would be retired to a Louisiana sanctuary. Last year, it said that a last remaining colony of 50 chimps would also spend its final years in the sanctuary.

But the process of transferring chimps from three research labs in New Mexico and Texas — where some have been deliberately infected with hepatitis and other diseases — has been sluggish.

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Monkey Pet Trade Is ‘Tragic And Out Of Control’

Erika Fleury April 20, 2016

Urgent welfare reforms are required to ensure the physical and psychological needs of primates are met, according to activists. A petition calling for new laws providing better standards of care for monkeys kept as pets in the UK has been handed to Downing Street.

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