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Steve Ross

  • Fourteen chimpanzees out of entertainment

    Date: Jul 15, 2010
    Author: Steve Ross

    This week, ten chimpanzees arrived at the Houston Zoo and were introduced to their new home.  The new multimillion dollar facility is not open to the public yet but the chimpanzees will soon enjoy its expansive spaces, outdoor yards and enriched environment.  But these chimpanzees didn't come from another accredited zoological park...they arrived here from a small facility in California where they have spent the vast majority of their lives as part of the entertainment...

  • Casey and Murray

    Date: May 19, 2010
    Author: Steve Ross

    All over this country, chimpanzees are housed as pets and entertainers, living in people’s homes, garages and basements. They are victims of their own dichotomies: incredibly cute as infants, yet unmanageable and dangerous as adults. 

    It is not uncommon for well-intentioned owners to purchase chimpanzees as pets only to be forced into unmanageable circumstances when the chimpanzees grow into difficult, unpredictable adults. These chimpanzees are caught in an...