Apes http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/31763/all en Man's relationship with nature has gone wrong: Jane Goodall http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/mans-relationship-nature-has-gone-wrong-jane-goodall <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Jane Goodall greets the audience by imitating a chimpanzee, then launches into an hour-long talk on her relationship with apes and how, from being a primatologist, she became an activist to protect them.</p> <p>At 78, Goodall, who has 53 years of studying chimps behind her, is still criss-crossing the planet to raise the awareness of populations and their leaders on the fate of the apes and the need to protect the environment.</p> <p>"I haven't been more than two or three weeks in one place at one time," for the past 25 years, she says.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/mans-relationship-nature-has-gone-wrong-jane-goodall" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apes Environment Fauna of Africa Jane Goodall Technology Zoology AFP Sun, 10 Feb 2013 04:45:34 +0000 5751514 at http://www.globalpost.com Nearly 3,000 wild great apes 'stolen' each year: UN http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130304/nearly-3000-wild-great-apes-stolen-each-year-un <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Almost 3,000 great apes are killed or captured in the wild each year because of rampant illegal trade, according to a new UN report released Monday that voiced fears for their survival.</p> <p>More than 22,000 great apes are estimated to have been lost to the illicit trade between 2005 and 2011, according to the study by the UN Environment Programme, which oversees the Great Apes Survival Partnership (Grasp).</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130304/nearly-3000-wild-great-apes-stolen-each-year-un" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apes Biology Sports Zoology AFP Mon, 04 Mar 2013 11:45:26 +0000 5772719 at http://www.globalpost.com Spain's Leon the gorilla prepares to head to SouthAm to start new family http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130902/spains-leon-the-gorilla-prepares-head-southam-start-new-family <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Puerto de la Cruz, Spain, Sep 2 (EFE).- Leon, a young gorilla that has demonstrated leadership traits, is heading from a Spanish zoo to South America, where he will be the only one of his kind on the continent and will have an opportunity to start a family.</p> <p>The gorilla, who is about to turn 15, is being readied for the journey of his life this fall.</p> <p>Leon will leave behind his brother and other gorillas at the zoo in Tenerife, one of Spain's Canary Islands, and cross the Atlantic to Belo Horizonte, Brazil.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130902/spains-leon-the-gorilla-prepares-head-southam-start-new-family" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apes Gorillas Zoology Agencia EFE Mon, 02 Sep 2013 22:46:46 +0000 5923057 at http://www.globalpost.com Study hints at human-ape emotional similarities http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131015/study-hints-at-human-ape-emotional-similarities <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Young bonobos share hugs and kisses to make their peers feel better much the way children do, according to a new study suggesting people and ape emotions function similarly.</p> <p>The bonobo is as genetically similar to humans as is the chimpanzee, and it is also considered the most empathic great ape.</p> <p>"This makes the species an ideal candidate for psychological comparisons," says one of the lead researchers, Frans de Waal. </p> <p>"Any fundamental similarity between humans and bonobos probably traces back to their last common ancestor, which lived around six million years ago."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131015/study-hints-at-human-ape-emotional-similarities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apes Great Ape Trust Technology Zoology AFP Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:34:43 +0000 5961416 at http://www.globalpost.com Going ape: Chimpanzees catch human yawns http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131017/going-ape-chimpanzees-catch-human-yawns <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Human yawns are contagious for chimpanzees but, like children, this only happens among apes that have grown beyond infancy, scientists said Thursday.</p> <p>Playing with a researcher, orphaned young chimps aged between five and eight years began to yawn after their human chum did so, investigators at Sweden's Lund University found.</p> <p>Infant apes, though, seemed immune to yawn contagion.</p> <p>Humans behave in a similar way, with contagious yawning starting when they are around four -- about the same age when behaviours emerge that suggest a capacity for empathy.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131017/going-ape-chimpanzees-catch-human-yawns" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apes Reflexes Sleep Technology AFP Thu, 17 Oct 2013 16:36:42 +0000 5963742 at http://www.globalpost.com Merck joins other drugmakers, contract research labs vowing not to do research on chimpanzees http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140130/merck-joins-other-drugmakers-contract-research-labs-vowing-n <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>TRENTON, N.J. - Drugmaker Merck </p> <p>The growing trend could mean the roughly 1,000 chimps in the U.S. used for research or warehoused in laboratory cages could be "retired" to sanctuaries by around the end of this decade.</p> <p>That's according to Kathleen Conlee of the Humane Society of the United States, which about seven years ago began urging companies to phase out all research on chimpanzees.</p> <p>Improved technology, animal alternatives and pressure by the federal government and animal rights groups have fueled the trend.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140130/merck-joins-other-drugmakers-contract-research-labs-vowing-n" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apes Chimpanzee Merck Social Issues The Canadian Press Thu, 30 Jan 2014 21:32:01 +0000 6057562 at http://www.globalpost.com Connecticut blocks chimp-attack victim's bid to sue state http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140402/connecticut-blocks-chimp-attack-victims-bid-sue-state <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Richard Weizel</p> <p>MILFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - A Connecticut woman whose face and hands were ripped off in an attack by a friend's pet chimpanzee in 2009, on Wednesday was denied a bid to sue the state for up to $150 million to cover her medical expenses.</p> <p>The state legislature's judiciary committee voted 35-3 against Charla Nash's request to sue the state to cover injuries she suffered when the 200-pound (90 kilogram) chimpanzee mauled her while she was visiting the home of her friend and employer, who owned the animal.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140402/connecticut-blocks-chimp-attack-victims-bid-sue-state" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apes Business Chimpanzee Labor Law Medicine Thomson Reuters Wed, 02 Apr 2014 23:31:12 +0000 6112009 at http://www.globalpost.com Clever chimps at Kansas City Zoo make brief break to freedom http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140411/clever-chimps-at-kansas-city-zoo-make-brief-break-freedom <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Kevin Murphy</p> <p>KANSAS CITY (Reuters) - Seven chimpanzees used an improvised ladder from a tree to scale a wall and briefly escape their enclosure at the Kansas City Zoo on Thursday, a zoo official said.</p> <p>One of the chimps apparently pulled a log or a branch and leaned it against the wall of the enclosure, giving the primates a leg-up to the top, zoo director Randy Wisthoff said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140411/clever-chimps-at-kansas-city-zoo-make-brief-break-freedom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apes Film Kansas City Zoological Park Thomson Reuters Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:04:18 +0000 6118981 at http://www.globalpost.com Spanish zoo vet shoots keeper in gorilla escape drill http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140606/spanish-zoo-vet-shoots-keeper-gorilla-escape-drill <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Spanish zoo vet shot a keeper with a tranquillizer dart when a gorilla escape drill went awry, knocking out the unfortunate victim who spent the next three days in hospital.</p> <p>Zoo workers ran a drill simulating a gorilla escape on Monday, said the Loro Park zoo, a popular holiday destination in Lanzarote on Spain's Canary Islands off the coast of Africa.</p> <p>But a park vet armed with a tranquillizer gun then shot a loaded dart into the 35-year-old keeper by mistake, Loro Park spokeswoman Patricia Delponti told AFP on Friday. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140606/spanish-zoo-vet-shoots-keeper-gorilla-escape-drill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apes Gorilla Zoo Vet at Large AFP Fri, 06 Jun 2014 11:04:53 +0000 6168586 at http://www.globalpost.com Wildlife alliance warns of illicit trade of ape http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140616/wildlife-alliance-warns-illicit-trade-ape <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xinhua News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Wildlife alliance warns of illicit trade of ape</p> <p>NAIROBI, June 15 (Xinhua) -- A global wildlife group on Sunday warned of rapid depletion of live chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans due to thriving illegal trade.</p> <p>In a statement issued ahead of the 1st UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) that will be held on June 23-27 in Nairobi, the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) said a total of 38 great apes have been confiscated thus far in 2014, an average of 1.8 per week, double the previous year's figure of 0.9 per week.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Xinhua News Agency.</a></p> <p>Xinhua is China's state-run news agency.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140616/wildlife-alliance-warns-illicit-trade-ape" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apes Biology Zoology Xinhua News Agency Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:33:38 +0000 6177707 at http://www.globalpost.com Palm oil cultivation affects Apes conservation http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140625/palm-oil-cultivation-affects-apes-conservation <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xinhua News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Palm oil cultivation affects Apes conservation</p> <p>NAIROBI, June 25 (Xinhua) -- The unsustainable cultivation of palm oil in the Asian continent is affecting the survival of the great apes, a global wildlife body said on Wednesday.</p> <p>The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) said that the clearing of rainforests in tropical regions of Southeast Asia is reducing the natural habitats of the primates.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Xinhua News Agency.</a></p> <p>Xinhua is China's state-run news agency.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140625/palm-oil-cultivation-affects-apes-conservation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apes Biology oil Technology Zoology Xinhua News Agency Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:57:19 +0000 6186868 at http://www.globalpost.com Palm oil cultivation affects Apes conservation http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140625/palm-oil-cultivation-affects-apes-conservation <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xinhua News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Palm oil cultivation affects Apes conservation</p> <p>NAIROBI, June 25 (Xinhua) -- The unsustainable cultivation of palm oil in the Asian continent is affecting the survival of the great apes, a global wildlife body said on Wednesday.</p> <p>The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) said that the clearing of rainforests in tropical regions of Southeast Asia is reducing the natural habitats of the primates.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Xinhua News Agency.</a></p> <p>Xinhua is China's state-run news agency.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140625/palm-oil-cultivation-affects-apes-conservation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apes Biology oil Technology Zoology Xinhua News Agency Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:57:19 +0000 6186869 at http://www.globalpost.com Planet of the dying apes: experts sound alarm over shrinking habitats http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131122/merkel-samaras-see-light-at-end-tunnel-greece <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The accelerated and unsustainable exploitation of the earth's primary natural resources has become a major threat to apes in Africa and Asia, a major United Nations environment conference heard Wednesday.</p> <p>Speaking on the sidelines of the UN Environment Assembly, conservationists said infrastructure development and extraction of natural resources -- including timber, minerals, oil and gas -- have devastated the prime habitat of apes and pushed chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos, orangutans and gibbons closer to extinction.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131122/merkel-samaras-see-light-at-end-tunnel-greece" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apes Biology Technology Zoology AFP Fri, 22 Nov 2013 14:01:51 +0000 5997174 at http://www.globalpost.com Ugandan gorillas under threat but tourist dollars protect http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140627/ugandan-gorillas-under-threat-tourist-dollars-protect <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Powerfully pushing through thick jungle, the mountain gorilla is fearless in the face of strangers on his territory, but the endangered ape is unaware the family group he guards survives by the thinnest of threads.</p> <p>The gorillas here in Uganda's lush forests are protected by the economic lifeline they create for remote communities from the tourist dollars they generate, providing a key incentive for humans to protect the giant animals.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140627/ugandan-gorillas-under-threat-tourist-dollars-protect" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apes Biology Gorillas Technology AFP Sat, 28 Jun 2014 03:16:34 +0000 6189890 at http://www.globalpost.com Researchers translate Chimpanzee sign language http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140704/researchers-translate-chimpanzee-sign-language <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Chimpanzees use their hands to say "follow me," "stop that" or "take this," according to new research seeking to translate the sophisticated messages flowing back and forth.</p> <p>Previous research had revealed that our nearest genetic relatives use gestures to communicate, prompting questions over whether the communication systems shared ancestry with the origins of human language.</p> <p>The new study, published Thursday in the US journal Current Biology, created the first ever chimpanzee dictionary of sorts, deciphering just what the apes were saying to each other.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140704/researchers-translate-chimpanzee-sign-language" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apes Chimpanzee Great ape language AFP Sat, 05 Jul 2014 00:46:03 +0000 6196475 at http://www.globalpost.com