Chimpanzees in the Media

Man drops lawsuit for custody of chimp (The Sarasota Herald-Tribune)

By TODD RUGER The baby chimpanzee who went to the courthouse last month as the centerpiece of a strange custody dispute now has the monkey off his back. A lawsuit focusing on Eli, now 1 year old, has been dropped by the man who originally sought to test DNA from Eli to determine his parentage.

posted 03/04/2010 12:11 AM

Uncovering the "Chimpanzee Stone Age" (ScienceBlogs)

An adult chimpanzee in Bossou, Guinea uses hammer and anvil stones to crack nuts as younger individuals look on. From Haslam et al., 2009 . Before 1859 the idea that humans lived alongside the mammoths, ground sloths, and saber-toothed cats of the not-too-distant past was almost heretical. Not only was there no irrefutable evidence that our species stretched so far back in time, but the very ...

posted 03/01/2010 11:32 AM

Attacks, other incidents involving captive animals (AP via Yahoo! News)

Some maulings and other notable incidents involving captive animals:

posted 02/24/2010 6:25 PM

US Congress considers banning medical experiments on chimpanzees (

By Julie Taboh Chimpanzees are our closest animal relative. So close, in fact, that 98 percent of a chimpanzee's DNA is identical to that of humans. The highly intelligent primates share many of our physical and behavioral characteristics and that similarity has made them attractive to medical researchers, sparking a heated debate over animal rights and medical ethics. Essential or inhumane The ...

posted 02/18/2010 4:02 PM

Deputy: Primate sanctuary was uncooperative, deceptive after chimp attack (St. Petersburg Times)

The sanctuary denies misleading a deputy after attack on a volunteer.

posted 02/15/2010 8:44 PM

Sanctuary worker injured in chimp attack (UPI)

TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 13 (UPI) -- A volunteer worker at a Florida primate sanctuary suffered serious injuries after she was attacked by a chimpanzee, authorities said.

posted 02/13/2010 6:53 PM

Call for a law against keeping exotic animals as pets

Around the United States, countless people have been maimed, seriously injured, or killed by tigers, primates, reptiles, bears and other exotic species kept as pets.

posted 02/10/2010 10:06 PM

Chimps make a movie for the BBC

The BBC has announced that it will air the first-ever movie shot entirely by chimpanzees.

posted 02/08/2010 10:20 AM

Alaska OKs some exotic cats; bars chimps, sloths

Chimpanzees, previously allowed as pets in Alaska, are now banned.

posted 02/07/2010 9:19 AM

Stop experiments and release federally owned chimpanzees

Hundreds of chimpanzees remain warehoused in laboratories even though they are not useful in medical experiments, writes guest columnists Sarah Baeckler and Debra Durham. They urge passage of a federal bill that requires the release of 500 federally owned chimpanzees to sanctuaries.

posted 02/05/2010 6:10 PM