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Plan to Export Chimps Tests Law to Protect Species

Erika Fleury November 14, 2015

When the Fish and Wildlife Service decided in June to classify all chimpanzees, captive or wild, as endangered, the ruling meant that any biomedical experiment or export of chimps from the United States, whoever owned them, would be subject to a strict permit process under the Endangered Species Act. How the new rules will play out is an open question. A partial answer is about to come in the first test of the new endangered listing, a permit application now before the Fish and Wildlife Service.

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The Wild Chimpanzee Who Cared for Her Child with Disability

Erika Fleury November 12, 2015

In the first case of its kind, a female chimpanzee has been observed caring for an infant with severe disabilities in the wild.

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Saving Apes From Ebola: Harms, Benefits and Probabilities

Erika Fleury November 11, 2015

Recently, in a New York Times Op-Ed, Dr. Peter Walsh made the case that curtailing biomedical research on chimpanzees may negatively impact the ability for conservationists to save that species in the wild. It's a compelling argument on the surface, pitting animal protection groups who have cried victory in helping eliminate the invasive use of chimpanzees for medical research, against those invested in shielding chimpanzees in Africa from a very real threat: the Ebola virus.

But is it that simple?

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The Cruel Trade in Pet Monkeys

Erika Fleury November 06, 2015

The suffering of pet monkeys across the UK is highlighted as animal health and welfare groups launch a petition to end the keeping of primates as pets.

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Yerkes to Donate Chimpanzees to Unaccredited Park in England

Erika Fleury November 04, 2015

Yerkes National Primate Research Center (Yerkes) is planning to donate eight chimpanzees to England, amidst the criticisms of animal activists - including the Primate Rescue Center.

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Nicolas the Alcoholic Monkey is Symbol of Abuse in Chile

Erika Fleury October 31, 2015

Escaping the clutches of alcoholism is never easy, and it certainly wasn't for Nicolas, who had to go on anti-depressants to cope with the withdrawal symptoms.

But thanks to the timely help of a Chilean treatment center, he has finally been able to get back to what he does best: being a monkey.

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Last German Circus Chimpanzee to Leave Showbiz

Erika Fleury October 30, 2015

Robby, the last chimpanzee remaining in a circus in Germany, will get a new life.

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New Fossil Could Reshape Our Understanding of Ape Evolution

Erika Fleury October 29, 2015

A newly discovered species of primate may rewrite the history of great apes.

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Tattooed Monkey Finds Peace After A Lifetime Of Suffering

Erika Fleury October 29, 2015

After what had likely been a lifetime of suffering at the hands of people who viewed him as a mere commodity, a lonely Rhesus monkey named Andi is beginning to learn what it's like to be at peace - at the Primate Rescue Center.

Click here to contribute toward Andi's lifetime care.

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Animal Rights Groups Implore Dez Bryant to Give Up the Monkey

Erika Fleury October 27, 2015

Last week, we told you about how Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant had somehow procured a tiny monkey he named Dallas Bryant. The world went: Awwwww.

Bryant has never really revealed if he had truly adopted the monkey or, like, rented it for the sake of a widely shared Instagram photo. But some animal-rights groups are telling TMZ that adopting a monkey is a really bad idea.

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