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Ape Escape: How Travelling Broadens the Minds of Chimps

Erika Fleury July 19, 2016

Travel is said to broaden the mind and it appears the same can be said for our primate cousins chimpanzees.

More than seven years of research has discovered that chimps who 'travel' and journey farther into their surroundings on a daily basis than their peers are more likely to use tools to forage for food.

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Scientists Unearthed a Trove of 700-Year-Old Stone Tools — Used by Monkeys

Erika Fleury July 11, 2016

A new study by scientists at the University of Oxford determined that monkeys have been opening cashews with stones in Brazil for seven centuries — long before Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas to claim it as the New World.

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​No Monkey Left Behind: The Celebrities Who Have Given Their Pets Away

Erika Fleury July 07, 2016

When living creatures are the season's hottest new accessory, until they're not.

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Just Like Humans, Monkeys Shed Friends As They Age

Erika Fleury June 27, 2016

We may idealize youth, but there’s a good chance we’ve got it all wrong — some researchers believe we’re happiest in our later years, after a dip in middle age begins to reverse itself around 50. By the time you hit 85, according to one study, odds are you’ll feel better about your situation than you did at 18. As we age, we tend to cull the number of people we hang out with — we become less socially active overall, but more likely to spend our socializing time on people we’re close to, rather than casual acquaintances or throwaway friendships.

And so, according to a study published last week in Current Biology, do monkeys.

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Dear Science: Why Aren’t Apes Evolving into Humans?

Erika Fleury June 27, 2016

Dear Science: Why are there no hominins left on Earth? If evolution is ongoing and species are always changing and adapting, shouldn't we see new human-like species evolving from apes, even if the old ones died out?

A: We hate to be the ones to break it to you, but you are an ape.

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Local Primate Experts Weigh In on Controversy Surrounding Gorilla Death

Erika Fleury June 09, 2016

The Primate Rescue Center staff understand the grief felt following the killing of a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo and remain dedicated to safety in their own facility. 

Local paper The Jessamine Journal interviewed PRC Sanctuary Manager Eileen Dunnington about the security measures and procedures practiced to ensure the saftety of everyone - human and nonhuman alike.

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Controversial Plan Would Send Lab Chimps to Unaccredited Zoo

Erika Fleury June 01, 2016

A U.S. research center’s plan to ship seven lab chimpanzees to an unaccredited zoo in England is facing a legal challenge that tests the limits of the Endangered Species Act and raises questions about how research animals should be treated when they are retired. Click to read more, including a quote from PRC associate Erika Fleury.

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Zoo Stands by Decision to Kill Gorilla Amid Activists’ Outcry

Erika Fleury May 31, 2016

Animal behaviorists and advocates say it wasn’t clear if a western lowland gorilla was poised to harm a 4-year-old boy who entered his exhibit before the gorilla was shot dead by Cincinnati Zoo staff, a decision the zoo defended yesterday amid a vigil and social media outcry. Read more, including a quote from PRC associate Erika Fleury.

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Tommy the Chimpanzee who Features in Documentary Reported Missing

Erika Fleury May 30, 2016

A chimpanzee at the center of a new animal rights documentary by an Oscar-winning filmmaker has been reported missing from his cage at a Michigan zoo.

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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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