Bob Barker donated $500,000 for construction of a new home for chimpanzees JoJo, Doc, Murphy, Flick and Pierre; most of their previous 40 yrs were spent suspended in 7-foot cubes where they were subjected to biomedical research. All are infected with the HIV virus, but otherwise well!
Claudine André founded and runs the world's only sanctuary and release program for orphaned bonobos in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bonobos, like chimpanzees, are our closest living relative and are highly endangered.
More than 100 chimpanzees that have lived virtually their entire lives in scientific laboratories will be sent to retire at a national sanctuary called Chimp Haven, the National Institutes of Health said Tuesday.
The Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest sends big thanks to all of the firefighters for their continued and tireless work on the Taylor Bridge fire. Jamie chimpanzee “baptized” them with some cooling water (see the water droplets).
Linda Brent, who founded the Chimp Haven organization in 1995 and for the past 10 years has been president and CEO of the national sanctuary for retired federal research chimpanzees in Keithville, La. She is retiring at the end of
Chimpanzee bill receives first hearing - The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act includes a three year phase out of invasive research on chimpanzees and other great apes funded on federal dime, guarantees retirement to sanctuary habitats for the roughly 500 chimps currently owned by the government, and prohibits breeding and transport for invasive research purposes Shocking that the focus is 'cost-saving' & not ethics!
Images: The Amazing Chimpanzees of Congo's Goualougo Triangle
Scientists discovered that the chimpanzees also possessed unique tool-using skills. They not only "fished" for termites with long twigs, as other chimpanzees do, sticking thin sticks into termite mounds to retrieve the insects, but also used shorter twigs and branches to poke holes in the mounds first.
Sir David Attenborough, Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield talk conservation efforts at the Q+A for Chimpanzee