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‘Star Wars Gibbon’ is New Primate Species

Erika Fleury January 11, 2017

A gibbon living in the tropical forests of south west China is a new species of primate, scientists have concluded.

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Primate Tool-Use: Chimpanzees Make Drinking Sticks

Erika Fleury January 10, 2017

Researchers have used camera traps to film tool-use that is unique to chimpanzees in Ivory Coast.

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Speedy Monkeys Fly through Area

Erika Fleury December 30, 2016

One of the more unusual stories to break during the last 12 months dealt with monkeys that mysteriously began turning up across the county and, just as mysteriously, disappeared.

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American Greetings Pulls its Chimpanzee Greeting Cards, at PETA’s Request

Erika Fleury December 21, 2016

In response to criticism from PETA about featuring chimpanzees on some of its greeting cards, American Greetings Corp. said it is pulling those cards and purging stock images from its files that feature a popular chimpanzee named "Connor."

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How to Tell the Difference Between a Credible Exotic Animal Sanctuary & an Abusive Animal Attraction

Erika Fleury December 11, 2016

The number of exotic animals being held in captivity in the U.S. is astounding. Not only are there more tigers in American backyards than there are in the wild, but there are also countless other animals being kept in zoos, circuses, and exotic animal attractions.

Due to a lack of legislation in place to protect these wild animals, many are bought and sold like commodities across national networks and sadly wind up in highly abusive situations. On the other side, there are many amazing, reputable exotic animal sanctuaries that are dedicated to providing a safe haven for rescued or injured animals.

Knowing the difference between faux sanctuaries and reputable ones is the key to making sure that you are not contributing to the abuse and exploitation of animals.

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Texas Woman Arrested After Authorities Find Exotic Animals at Her Home

Erika Fleury November 14, 2016

A Texas woman was charged with theft and child endangerment after police found exotic animals living in the same house as her and her 14-year-old daughter.

Trisha Meyer was arrested after a months-long investigation into her Houston home found that several wild animals live in the home. Houston police said three tigers, a skunk, a fox as well as several monkeys were found.

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Chimpanzees Have Rights, Says Argentine Judge as She Orders Cecilia Be Released from Zoo

Erika Fleury November 07, 2016

A judge in Argentina has ruled that a chimpanzee which spent years living in a secluded cage has legal rights and should be released from the zoo it was being held in. 'We may judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals,' says Judge Mauricio, quoting the words of philosopher Emmanuel Kant.

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A Disturbing Dispute Over Laboratory Chimpanzees’ Retirement To Sanctuary At Chimp Haven

Erika Fleury October 26, 2016

At Chimp Haven in Louisiana, preparations continue to make it ready for over 300 chimpanzees who gradually are being released from federal biomedical laboratories, to begin their retired lives in sanctuary. But if the National Association for Biomedical Research had had its way, the chimpanzees would not be living out (or soon living out) their days in the 200 acres of Louisiana woodland. Instead they would have remained confined in the laboratories at places like the Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research in Bastrop, Texas, and the Southwest National Primate Research Center in San Antonio, Texas, where they were used, sometimes for decades, in research experiments.

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Camera Traps Catch Chimpanzee Moms Teaching Their Children

Erika Fleury October 20, 2016

A paper published in Scientific Reports last week documents — for the first time — that wild chimpanzee behavior meets the scientific criteria for teaching.

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Monkey Still Missing from Rotterdam, NY Home

Erika Fleury October 14, 2016

It’s been four long weeks for Leona Wilsey, but she hasn’t given up hope yet that Austin, a black-capped capuchin monkey, will return to her Rotterdam home safe and sound.

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