Skopje zoo’s chimp returns after recovering from depression
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Koko the chimpanzee, once a star in Skopje's zoo, has returned home after spending 10 years in the Netherlands recovering from depression, the zoo says.
Chimpanzees spotted cracking open tortoises for meat
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists have observed wild chimpanzees tucking into an unusual snack: tortoises, whose hard shells they crack against tree trunks before scooping out the meat.
BALTIMORE (AP) — A chimpanzee named Alex is the latest new attraction at Baltimore's zoo.
In a Tuesday statement, the Maryland Zoo announced that Alex has recently completed a month-long...
BBC DJ fired after royal baby tweet with chimpanzee picture
LONDON (AP) — A BBC radio broadcaster was fired Thursday for using a picture of a chimpanzee in a tweet about the royal baby born to Meghan the Duchess of Sussex and her husband Prince...
ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) — A baby chimpanzee born at the North Carolina Zoo now has a name chosen by public vote.
Zoo officials have announced that the chimp born on Monday, March 18 is named...
ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Zoo says a 46-year-old chimpanzee has died after 35 years as the dominant female of her group.
Zoo officials said in a news release that the chimp...
Baby chimpanzee born at North Carolina Zoo
ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) — A baby chimpanzee has been born at the North Carolina Zoo, adding to a trickle of such births at U.S. zoos.
The zoo announced that the healthy baby was born Monday to a...
Chimps varied ‘culture’ matters for conservation, study says
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some chimpanzee groups are stone-throwers. Some use rocks to crack open tree nuts to eat. Others use sticks to fish for algae.
Chimps use branch to make ladder, escape Belfast Zoo
LONDON (AP) — Zookeepers say a group of chimpanzees used branches weakened by a storm to make a ladder and escape from their enclosure at the Belfast Zoo.
Video filmed Saturday by visitors to the Northern Ireland zoo showed several primates scaling a wall and perching atop it, with one walking down a path outside the enclosure.
Louisiana chimp sanctuary schedules 4 public mornings
KEITHVILLE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana sanctuary for retired federally owned chimpanzees has scheduled four mornings when the public can see humanity's closest relatives in outdoor habitats.
Chimp Haven is in Keithville, outside Shreveport. The sanctuary has scheduled "Chimpanzee Discovery Days " from 9 a.m. to noon on four spring and fall Saturdays: March 16, April 13, Oct. 19 and Nov. 16.
Scottsbluff zoo renovates habitat for new chimpanzees
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — For two years, the Riverside Discovery Center has been making improvements in front of and behind the scenes as well as bringing in new animals for the public to learn about. The zoo is now set to embark on another significant, long-term change to bring further enjoyment to the visiting public.
Silly, sassy and stubborn: Ruthie the chimp dies at NC Zoo
ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) — A chimpanzee that lived at the North Carolina Zoo for nearly 40 years has died after suffering congestive heart failure for about a year.
Zoo officials say 47-year-old Ruthie was euthanized Thursday. Zoo officials said she was known for being silly, sassy and stubborn.
She had arrived in 1980 and was one of the animals that lived longest at the zoo in Asheboro. A chimp named Maggie also arrived in 1980, and C'sar the elephant came in 1978.
Kansas City Zoo mourns death of 55-year-old chimp
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Zoo has euthanized a 55-year-old chimpanzee because her health was failing.
The zoo announced Monday in a Facebook post that the chimp, named Blackie, died Friday. Born in Africa, she came to the Kansas City Zoo in 1966. She has eight offspring and is a grandmother.
The zoo says she "loved snow and bubble baths and was a favorite of the zookeepers who worked with her."
Chimp refuge settles safety violations, faces labor charges
BEND, Ore. (AP) — A nonprofit chimpanzee sanctuary near Bend recently settled with the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration over safety violations but is now facing labor charges.
The Bulletin reported Sunday that Chimps Inc. agreed to pay over $12,000 after OSHA found unsecured doors, poor emergency planning and employees working alone.
As people evacuate before hurricane, zoo animals move inside
As 1.7 million people were urged to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Florence, workers at the North Carolina Zoo were trying to figure out what to do with 1,600 animals.
Staff at the 500-acre zoo near Asheboro rushed Wednesday to move elephants, giraffes, chimpanzees and hundreds of other species indoors to protect them from the storm's predicted formidable winds and torrential rain.
Zoo is ‘setting the standard’ for animal wellness in exhibit
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Suddenly, the bonobos were shrieking.
Maybe the small chimpanzees were welcoming the small crowd gathering for the opening of their new African Forest digs at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Or maybe they were commenting on its centerpiece, the 50-foot, replica Kapok tree on which they were literally hanging out.
"The excitement is building," said a voice in the crowd.
Visitors find Bocco the chimp dead in habitat at Zoo Miami
MIAMI (AP) — Visitors found Booco the chimpanzee dead in his habitat at Zoo Miami.
Zoo spokesman Ron Magill tells the Miami Herald that reports of the unresponsive chimp came in Monday afternoon and zoo staff quickly closed off the area to the public.
Former research chimps to get new life at Georgia sanctuary
MORGANTON, Ga. (AP) — On a sunny Tuesday in May, 11-year-old Hercules made a brave move and ventured outside alone. He moved slowly at first, looking at the ground and shaking his head before walking across 2 acres of forest to observe the sights and sounds around him. Not far behind him was Leo, also 11, who ran forward before stopping, sitting down and staring up at the sky.
Hercules and Leo are former research chimpanzees, and it was the first time in their lives they had ever been outside.
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Zoo says a female chimpanzee named after primatologist Jane Goodall has been born there on the first World Chimpanzee Day.
It says the baby named Jane arrived early Saturday on the anniversary of the date in 1960 that Goodall first traveled to what's now Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania to study the social interactions of wild chimpanzees.
Primate center sued by PETA offers to give up chimps
FESTUS, Mo. (AP) — A center in eastern Missouri is offering to give up its chimpanzees and other primates to settle a lawsuit filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
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Scientists find lots of gorillas in census, also see decline
WASHINGTON (AP) — A first-of-its-kind intensive count of western Africa gorillas found far more of the apes than conservationists previously thought.
Maybe not for long: The same study found a 19 percent plunge in that gorilla population in just eight years.
Oldest chimp at Kansas City Zoo dies
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — One of the oldest female chimps in U.S. zoos has died at the Kansas City Zoo.
Zoo officials announced Friday that Patty, who was 55, was euthanized Thursday after her health quickly deteriorated during the last 10 days. The zoo said the average life expectancy of a female chimpanzee is 37.
Conservationist Jane Goodall brings message of hope to University of Minnesota
She held no notes. She used few slides. But once Jane Goodall stepped onstage at Northrop auditorium Friday night, it was clear she carried a message summoned easily from memory.
Hoo hoo, hohohoo hoho hooh! Hoooh! the renowned primatologist called, mimicking the chimpanzee welcome she heard so often during her time in Africa. This is me. This is Jane.
So it was. As soon as she came into view, the audience in the packed auditorium at the University of Minnesota greeted her with a standing ovation.
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Missouri zoo treating chimp for life-threatening infection
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri zoo says a baby chimpanzee that was born Jan. 9 has fallen ill with a life-threatening viral infection.
The Kansas City Star reports that the Kansas City Zoo's chimpanzee, Gracie, was removed from a troupe of chimpanzees, including her mother, 21-year-old Teeto.
Scooter the chimpanzee came out of his enclosure at the Riverside Discovery Center to make his pick for the winner of today’s Super Bowl — and it’s the Philadelphia Eagles.
Single bananas were placed beside posters for both the Eagles and the New England Patriots inside the primate building Saturday morning before Scooter came in. After he circled around both displays, the first banana he grabbed was by the Eagles poster. But before long, he also ate the banana by the Patriots poster.
It’s zoo-per bowl time: Riverside Discovery Center chimp will ‘predict’ winner for Sunday’s game
SCOTTSBLUFF — It’s almost time for the zoo-per bowl and one resident chimpanzee thinks he’s got the right pick.
On Sunday, Feb. 3, The Philadelphia Eagles will face off against the New England Patriots for the biggest prize in football.
Scooter, a chimpanzee that lives at Riverside Discovery Center, has convinced zoo staff that he knows who is going to win this year’s Super Bowl.
Ex-research chimps at sanctuary go outdoors for first time
BLUE RIDGE, Ga. (AP) — With reactions ranging from excitement and curiosity to fear and trepidation, 15 former lab chimps took their first steps outdoors this week at the Project Chimps sanctuary in North Georgia.
The 236-acre sanctuary is currently home to 31 chimpanzees that have spent their entire lives in captivity as subjects used in biomedical research.
Kansas City Zoo welcomes Gracie, a female baby chimpanzee
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Zoo has a new arrival.
The zoo announced Friday that a female chimpanzee named Gracie was born earlier in the week to 21-year-old Teetoo.
Gracie is Teetoo's first baby. Teetoo and her twin sister, Teeoni, came to Kansas City from the Sunset Zoo in Manhattan, Kansas, in 2003.
Chimp attack survivor starts trauma program in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) — When Andrew Oberle gives speeches to groups, he always starts with an experiment: "Raise your hand if you've survived the worst thing that's ever happened to you."
Invariably, all hands go up.
"Life's not easy for any of us," Oberle said. "Everybody has it in them to be resilient."
Young chimp fatally attacked by troop member at zoo
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A young female chimpanzee has been found dead at a Florida zoo from what appears to be an attack by at least one other chimp.
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo said in a news release that Keeva was found dead Wednesday morning.
Chief Zoological Officer Larry Killmar says Keeva had been spending the night with two adult chimpanzees, Twiggy and Nick. The older primates had been showing normal interactions with Keeva.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal officials say the Kansas City Zoo was not at fault when a chimp died.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture inspected the zoo's chimpanzee program after a 31-year-old chimpanzee died June 21.
The chimp, Bahati, died after falling from a tree and being attacked by other chimpanzees.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Zoo says a 31-year-old male chimpanzee died in an accidental fall from a tree.
The zoo said Wednesday the chimp, called Bahati, climbed a tree while interacting with other chimps. He fell to the ground after grabbing a dead branch and died from injuries from the fall.
Appeals court says chimpanzees don’t have rights of people
NEW YORK (AP) — Two chimpanzees that were caged at a trailer lot and at a primate sanctuary don't have the legal rights of people in New York, an appeals court said Thursday.
Nonhuman Rights Project attorney Steven Wise had argued to the appeals court in March that adult male chimps Tommy and Kiko should be granted a writ of habeas corpus, which for people relates to whether someone is being unlawfully detained or imprisoned and should be taken to see a judge.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on an appeals court ruling on whether chimpanzees should be granted the legal rights of people (all times local):
A Coral Springs, Florida, animal advocacy group that has argued for chimpanzees being granted the legal rights of people says it will appeal a New York ruling denying that argument.
The Nonhuman Rights Project says it will take its case to New York's highest court, the Court of Appeals.
Actor Alan Cumming asks Missouri facility to give up chimp
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Actor Alan Cumming is worried about an old co-star — a chimpanzee named Tonka — and he's asking a Missouri facility housing the animal to move Tonka and other chimps to an accredited sanctuary.
Cumming, 52, is a British-born actor who won a Tony Award for "Cabaret" in 1998 and earned three Emmy nominations for his role in the CBS television drama, "The Good Wife." In 1997, he starred in the movie "Buddy" alongside Tonka.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson helped broker a deal that provides long-term care for chimpanzees in northern Liberia that were part of a research colony.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2rq3UHf) that funding for the chimps' care had dwindled and was then cut short by the New York Blood Center, which for decades had used the animals to test hepatitis B vaccines and other treatments.
Richardson at forefront of global battle against chimp testing
On a remote island off the coast of northern Liberia, more than 60 chimpanzees were slowly starving to death. For three decades, the animals were part of a research colony used by the New York Blood Center to test hepatitis B vaccines and other medical treatments.
Former Gov. Richardson at forefront of global battle against chimp testing
On a remote island off the coast of northern Liberia, more than 60 chimpanzees were slowly starving to death. For three decades, the animals were part of a research colony used by the New York Blood Center to test hepatitis B vaccines and other medical treatments. But as the funding for the chimps’ care dwindled and was then cut short by the blood center in 2015, they were temporarily left isolated without food or water. By the time volunteers intervened with emergency aid, they had grown thin, and the skin on their faces was yellowed and patchy.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Blood Center has reached a deal to provide for the long-term care of more than 60 Liberian chimpanzees formerly used in medical research.
Under an arrangement announced Tuesday the organization will pay $6 million to the Humane Society of the United States, which has agreed to assume responsibility for the animals.
The animals were used in the testing of a vaccine for Hepatitis B. The Blood Center ended the research in 2006.
HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Zoo is holding all its chimpanzees in their pen until staff can access the exhibit's wall after a chimp named Puiwa escaped for the second time in three years.
Puiwa scaled a wall Sunday that separated eight chimps from aviaries before jumping off the wall into a holding area. The chimp could have gone into the aviary walkthrough with zoo visitors, but did not, city spokesman Andrew Pereira said.
Puiwa was recaptured within 10 minutes of leaving the exhibit.
Chimp sanctuary reports park chimp dies
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Candy the Chimp, who for decades lived at Dixie Landin' amusement park in Baton Rouge, has died, a North Louisiana chimpanzee sanctuary confirms.
Sam Haynes Jr. and his family have owned Candy since she was 6-months-old. She was more than 50-years-old when she died Thursday.
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Cuban biologist raises 2 chimpanzees in her Havana apartment
HAVANA (AP) — Over the last year Ada and Anuma II have broken Marta Llanes' television and computer key board, chewed her telephone to pieces and ruined much of her furniture.
She has forgiven them every transgression. It's hard to stay angry at a baby chimpanzee when it clambers up your leg and into your arms and plants a kiss on your cheek in a plea for forgiveness.
New York court to determine if chimp is legally a person
NEW YORK (AP) — Should a chimpanzee be treated as a person with legal rights?
That's what attorney Steven Wise tried to convince a state appeals court in Manhattan on Thursday. Wise, who represents the Florida-based Nonhuman Rights Project animal advocacy group, argued that two chimps named Tommy and Kiko should be freed from cages to live in a mammoth-sized outdoor sanctuary in Florida.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on arguments in court over whether a chimpanzee should be treated as a person with legal rights (all times local):
An attorney says in court in New York that a chimpanzee should be treated as a person with legal rights.
Baby chimp abandoned by mom to join Kansas City Zoo exhibit
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A baby chimpanzee rejected by her mother last year and raised so far by humans at the Kansas City Zoo is expected make join the public primate exhibit.
The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/2kGaF1k ) reports that Ruw, pronounced "roo," is a female chimpanzee born on April 1.
She was rejected by her mother days after her birth, so zookeepers have been raising her in hopes of introducing her to the zoo's chimpanzee group.
Former Ellensburg chimps meeting new friends in Canada
When Tatu and Loulis made the big move in 2013 from the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute at Central Washington University to the Fauna Foundation in Montreal, Canada, the primates tried to use their sign language skills with some of their new friends.
“The other chimps, of course, they didn’t respond,” said primate communication scientist Mary Lee Jensvold during a lecture at Dean Hall at CWU on Thursday. “They didn’t know what sign language was.”