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To the locals, it was the “Monkey Farm.” To the Boy Scouts, it was the “Ape Farm.” Shrouded in mystery, it spawned tales that reached King Kong-size proportions around the flickering firelight at nearby Camp Echockotee.
But this was no primate zoo. Officially, it was the Yale Laboratories of Primate Biology. And there was serious research, or monkey business, if you will, going on there.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today removed public access to tens of thousands of reports that document the numbers of animals kept by research labs, companies, zoos, circuses, and animal transporters—and whether those animals are being treated humanely under the Animal Welfare Act. Henceforth, those wanting access to the information will need to file a Freedom of Information Act request.
A recent study on primate conservation confirms what primatologists have known for a long time: the planet of the apes is on the verge of extinction.
The BBC's revelations about the illegal trade in baby chimpanzees triggered an outpouring of emotion on social media about the cruelty suffered by these adorable animals. And this raises questions about how our attitudes to our closest relations in the natural world have changed.
During a 10-year span, a team of primatologists witnessed 15 daytime births in wild gelada monkeys residing in the grasslands of high-altitude Ethiopia. It's unusual to witness daytime births. It's still unclear why these 13 live births and two stillbirths — a small percentage of the overall births that occurred during the decade of observations — took place during the day.
Chimpanzees are in crisis, but NASA may be able to help: The agency recently announced a partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute, in hopes of helping chimpanzee conservation efforts.
A secret network of wildlife traffickers selling baby chimpanzees has been exposed by a year-long BBC News investigation. The tiny animals are seized from the wild and sold as pets. The BBC’s research uncovered a notorious West African hub for wildlife trafficking, known as the “blue room”, and led to the rescue of a one-year-old chimp.
Rare monkeys in the forests of Brazil are being decimated by yellow fever. The outbreak started in late 2016 and, as is often the case in South America, it has spread to humans, killing at least 50 since the start of 2017.
The extraordinary life of an English village's resident gorilla that had its own bedroom, went for walks with schoolchildren and could do its own washing-up has been revealed. The ape played with children, ate roses from gardens and even enjoyed drinking tea and cider. Photographs of his Gloucestershire life - including being carried around by children in a wheelbarrow - have emerged in a new book.