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Entertainment Weekly Magazine

Feb 2008
Entertainment Weekly Magazine

This issue had a story entitled "Conan O'Brien's Strike Diary," which showed the famous comedian interacting with a young chimpanzee.


Oprah's "O" Magazine

Feb 2008
Oprah's

In this issue, a story entitled "Love, the Great Adventure" featured photographs of a young chimpanzee listening to a couple fight.


Religulous Movie Advertisement

2008
Religulous Movie Advertisement

Religulous is an American comedy/documentary film showcasing political comedian Bill Maher.  The film itself does not have any chimpanzee actors but the movie advertisement, seen as a poster and in print media promotions, features three chimpanzees in the classic "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" poses.  Furthermore, the chimpanzee "actors" are adorned in clothing suggestive of the Catholic, Jewish, and Islamic religions.

Ironically, Bill Maher, the star and producer of the film, is on the Board of Directors of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), an animal rights group that is staunchly opposed to the use of great apes in the media.


Portfolio Magazine

Dec 2007
Portfolio Magazine

An article in this magazine entitled "The Evolution of an Investor" contained accompanying photographs (also included on the cover of the magazine) of a chimpanzee reading a newspaper in an office.


Wrigley's Gum

2006
Wrigley's Gum

A print advertisement for Juicy Fruit Gum featured chimpanzee "actors" as props.


Walmart

2006
Walmart

Walmart, the world's largest public corporation that runs discount department stores, featured chimpanzee "actors" on their gift cards.


Glamour Magazine

Dec 2005
Glamour Magazine

A fashion layout in this issue featured a model holding hands with a young chimpanzee.


New York Times Magazine

Jul 24, 2005
New York Times Magazine

The New York Times magazine's feature story (by Charles Siebert) on the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary Chimp Haven used a photograph of a pet/"actor" chimpanzee named Mikey.  Mikey was dressed in a hat and clothes, and appeared to be lounging on a beach.  Chimp Haven was not involved in the production of the cover art.

Mikey has sinced moved with another chimpanzee named Louie to the Little Rock Zoo in Arkansas where they are being integrated into a larger social group.


Richard Stacks Creative Photograhy

2004
Richard Stacks Creative Photograhy

This photographer creates photography and posters featuring chimpanzees in unnatural scenes such as smoking a pipe and cuddling a kitten.


Toys"R"Us

2002
Toys

A billboard in New York City for this retail chain featured chimpanzee "actors" playing with microphones.  The advertisement promoted The Singing Machine, a home karaoke company.