Chimpanzee News Archive
The illegal wildlife trade is literally a multibillion-dollar industry!
The same type of trafficking that's almost made tigers extinct is now threatening great apes!
Chimps, orangoutangs, gorillas and bonobos are all being plucked from their natural habitats and bought by private collectors or disreputable zoos.
The numbers are cray cray!
We absolutely hate that any animal is tested on.
Living their lives stuck in cages, being poked and prodded for years and years is the cruelest torture.
That's why it's so so so amazing when those animals get freed!
It's even more ahmayzing when 111 chimps are freed at the same time!
Over the next 12 to 15 months, lab chimps are going to be set free and live out the rest of their lives at Chimp Haven, a gorgeous sanctuary in Keithville, Louisiana.
These chimps get to see the sky and feel grass for the first time!
They can socialize and groom one another with no bars between them too.
It's really beautiful!
Check out the video (above) to see the chimps staring at the sky in absolute awe!
Great!!! Now we have even MAWR hide n seek partners!!!
Researchers at Emory and Georgia State Universities have found that chimpanzees can play nice with each other, much like humans.
They studied a group by playing the ultimatum game, a test given to humans as well.
In the chimp version, one of them was given tokens, one which represented fairness (each chimp receiving the same amount of banana slices) and the other selfishness. The chimps were able to
Peas and carrots, folks! That's the bond between alpha male Tumbill and baby Shangwe!
Tumbill, or Billy, is the top chimp at the Artis Royal Zoo but he's loving the newest addition to the fam.
Alpha males are important to chimpanzee society. They are not always the biggest but they are the best at forging relationships.
Chimps for President! LOLz!
So CUTEz! We ADORE Billy and Shangwe!
While we'll never understand the urge to own a chimp, we always hate it when they are abandoned.
Michael Jackson's pet chimp, Bubbles, has been left high and dry by the Jackson family. The primate was left out of MJ's will and Bubbles is currently "in retirement" in Florida.
Prince, Paris and Blanket used to play with Bubbles all the time, but they have visited nor contributed any cash to Bubbles' $20,000 keep.
Sad…stuck in retirement with no one to talk to…
Nim Chimpsky is widely known for being raised by humans after he was taken from his mommy in 1973 at the Institute for Primate Studies in Oklahoma.
But now, to illustrate the chimpanzee's life of science experiments and learning sign language in order to communicate with others, his story is set to be told in an HBO documentary, which is based on the book, Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Human by Elizabeth Hess.
Nim unfortunately passed in 2000 from a heart attack, but according to his fav caretaker, Bob Ingersoll, he said "It might actually be fair to say he died of a broken heart."
The film won't debut until December 20, but you can the 4-1-1 on Project Nim (above)!
Sometimes, life can get you down at the half way point….
Just ask humans….and apes too?!?!
Scientists have published a study stating that humans tend to be unhappiest in their 40's. This low point comes after a peak in the 20's, and before another peak in the 70's.
In the same study, zoos surveyed over 500 chimps and orangutans on happiness and shockingly, apes experience the same U-shaped happiness range.