Legislators look at banning wild animals in traveling shows
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts legislators and animal activists are working to ban traveling shows from using elephants, primates, big cats and bears for entertainment purposes.
Endangered baby ape born at Florida’s Lion Country Safari
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 34-year-old endangered ape named Tina recently gave birth to a baby at Florida's Lion Country Safari.
The father is an 11-year-old primate named Onyx. The...
North Dakota woman pleads guilty to trespass for zoo selfie
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An 18-year-old North Dakota woman who authorities say jumped a zoo guard rail to take a selfie in front of a primate cage has pleaded guilty to trespassing.
HONOLULU (AP) — A member of an endangered lemur species was born at the Honolulu Zoo, officials said.
The ring-tailed lemur was born June 10 to 4-year-old mother Remi and 3-year-old father...
More research labs are retiring monkeys when studies finish
WESTFIELD, Wis. (AP) — Izzle, Timon, Batman, River and Mars spent years confined inside a lab, their lives devoted to being tested for the benefit of human health.
St. Louis Zoo expansion will offer close-up look at primates
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Zoo is planning an $11.5 million expansion of its area for primates, adding 35,000 square feet of outdoor space that will include trails and tunnels for observers to...
Chimpanzees spotted cracking open tortoises for meat
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists have observed wild chimpanzees tucking into an unusual snack: tortoises, whose hard shells they crack against tree trunks before scooping out the meat.
BALTIMORE (AP) — A chimpanzee named Alex is the latest new attraction at Baltimore's zoo.
In a Tuesday statement, the Maryland Zoo announced that Alex has recently completed a month-long...
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has filed a lawsuit to compel Oregon Health & Science University to release footage of experiments on monkeys at its Oregon...
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration must halt all primate experimentation at an Arkansas laboratory until allegations of negligence and abuse are properly addressed, U.S....
MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Environmentalists lost a court challenge Monday to a Chinese-backed dam in Indonesia that will rip through the habitat of the most critically endangered orangutan...
Titi monkey born at Henson Robinson Zoo in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — One of the youngest additions to a central Illinois zoo is a titi monkey born about three weeks ago.
The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the white-eared primate is the first offspring of two monkeys named Wally and Maniqui. Titi monkeys' natural habitat is around Brazil's Amazon River basin where they rarely come out of the trees.
Chimps use branch to make ladder, escape Belfast Zoo
LONDON (AP) — Zookeepers say a group of chimpanzees used branches weakened by a storm to make a ladder and escape from their enclosure at the Belfast Zoo.
Video filmed Saturday by visitors to the Northern Ireland zoo showed several primates scaling a wall and perching atop it, with one walking down a path outside the enclosure.
Volunteer injured by orangutan at Florida zoo
MIAMI (AP) — Officials say a volunteer was bitten by an orangutan at a Florida zoo.
News outlets report that the attack occurred Wednesday afternoon at Jungle Island in Miami.
The park released a statement saying an experienced volunteer working with the orangutan enrichment program received an injury that wasn't considered life-threatening. An initial response team and primate keepers responded quickly to render aid.
Former nicotine research monkeys now at primate sanctuary
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — More than two dozen monkeys that were test subjects in nicotine addiction research denounced by British primatologist Jane Goodall have been moved from an Arkansas lab to a Florida primate sanctuary.
Study predicts monkey population boom in Florida park
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A troop of roaming primates in north-central Florida will nearly double in size if state wildlife managers don't step in and stop the monkey business, according to new research released Monday.
Rare conservation win: Mountain gorilla population ticks up
WASHINGTON (AP) — There are more gorillas in the mist — a rare conservation success story, scientists say.
Philadelphia Zoo’s colorful douc langur monkey is euthanized
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Zoo says a 21-year-old red-shanked douc langur monkey has been euthanized due to a serious decline in health.
The zoo says the female primate named Toi had a variety of age-related medical issues and was euthanized on Wednesday.
The zoo says Toi was the last of the species in any North American zoo, and one of the oldest red-shanked douc langurs ever in the U.S.
Monkey back at research center after weekend on lam
NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) — A monkey that spent the weekend on the lam is back at a south Louisiana primate research center.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette said in a news release Monday that a New Iberia resident saw the rhesus macaque and called a number the school had posted on Facebook.
The 12-pound monkey is in good health at the New Iberia Research Center, it said.
German zoo sends its last orangutan to Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A German zoo is sending its last orangutan to Louisiana, and he's already learning some English.
Jambi is a 22-year-old Sumatran orangutan, a critically endangered species of the red-haired Asian great apes.
He'll travel 5,000 miles (8,050 kilometers) from Hannover Adventure Zoo to the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, where he will join three females: Reese, Feliz, and Feliz's daughter, Menari.
Baby orangutan gets lots of snuggles from Wichita zookeepers
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A baby Sumatran orangutan has been getting lots of snuggles from zookeepers in Wichita.
The Sedgwick County Zoo says on its Facebook page that the primate was delivered Friday via C-section after her mother, Daisy, encountered complications.
PRAGUE (AP) — Gorillas at Prague's zoo are keeping cool during the European heat wave by eating sorbet.
The zoo's eight Western lowland gorillas have been getting the treat almost every day during the summer in small plastic pots.
But zookeepers tried something new on Monday, presenting the gorillas with two big blocks of frozen water with a mixture of various fruits in it that are hanging from ropes in their enclosure.
Primate center sued by PETA offers to give up chimps
FESTUS, Mo. (AP) — A center in eastern Missouri is offering to give up its chimpanzees and other primates to settle a lawsuit filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
PRAGUE (AP) — Prague's zoo says its attempt to breed critically endangered white-belted ruffed lemurs is on the right track.
David Vala, the zoo's chief primate curator, said Friday that three lemurs born April 22 have been doing well.
Vala said: "We haven't won yet, but we already have the most difficult period behind us."
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Police say four New Mexico juveniles are being questioned after security footage showed a group jumping over a zoo fence into a monkey area.
The Eastern New Mexico News reports Clovis police said the group hopped the fence, got in the Clovis zoo, and then they went into the primate area and kicked the window out.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Scientists are calling for cancellation of a Chinese-backed hydroelectric dam in Indonesia that threatens the habitat of a newly discovered orangutan species numbering only 800 animals.
In the journal Current Biology, the experts say the 510-megawatt dam in Sumatra will flood or otherwise alter part of the habitat and likely make it impossible to take a crucial step toward ensuring the species survives — reconnecting fragmented forests the primates are spread across.
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Uganda counts gorillas amid tourism-boosting ‘baby boom’
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda has begun counting its population of critically endangered mountain gorillas amid confidence their numbers are steadily rising, boosting prospects for its tourism industry that relies heavily on the primates.
The last census in 2011 showed the East African country had 480 mountain gorillas in two protected areas, or about half of the world's surviving population. The others are in neighboring Rwanda and Congo's forested mountain areas.
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MINNEAPOLIS — It really is a jungle out there. Decades-old remains of a mummified monkey were found by crews working in Minneapolis on the massive renovation of the historic downtown Dayton’s building, said Cailin Rogers, a spokeswoman for the Dayton’s Project development team, who confirmed the find.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Four baboons are back in an enclosure after escaping briefly from a San Antonio medical research center.
Officials at the Southwest National Primate Research Center, which is part of the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, say three of the baboons were captured within about 30 minutes Saturday after they managed to get out of their enclosure and beyond a perimeter fence. A fourth animal also was accounted for later.
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Usually paired with smaller companions like Kevin Hart or Moana, Dwayne Johnson is for once the diminutive one in "Rampage," a hopelessly bland and bizarrely self-serious monster movie.
Denver Zoo celebrates birth of Sumatran orangutan
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Zoo is welcoming a baby Sumatran orangutan who is named after an Indonesian word that means "bright" and is often used to refer to sunshine.
The female primate named Cerah (Che-rah) was born Sunday to parents Nias and Berani, and the family is bonding away from public view.
Cerah should make her debut within the next two weeks in the Great Apes exhibit in Primate Panorama.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A male gorilla at the Philadelphia Zoo is taking a stand against dirty hands by opting to walk on two legs.
Apparently, 18-year-old Louis is a clean freak.
When Louis has his hands full of tomatoes or other snacks, he walks upright like a human to keep food and hands clean, rather than the typical gorilla stance of leaning forward on his knuckles.
Rescued Chimp Helps Out on Flight over Africa
Editor: Two cloned monkeys — the guys that are so entertaining — were up-and-coming news from China recently. Science gifts us all, yet, this may not bode well, as monkeys or primates are closely related to human beings. The cause for concern is that, a short time from now, will there be cloned humans? So we can proceed favorably, we look to ethics. Utilitarianism says that the best action is one that maximizes usefulness in humans. This ethical theory supports the idea that humans are happy and...
Scooter the chimpanzee came out of his enclosure at the Riverside Discovery Center to make his pick for the winner of today’s Super Bowl — and it’s the Philadelphia Eagles.
Single bananas were placed beside posters for both the Eagles and the New England Patriots inside the primate building Saturday morning before Scooter came in. After he circled around both displays, the first banana he grabbed was by the Eagles poster. But before long, he also ate the banana by the Patriots poster.
FDA ends Arkansas nicotine research after monkey deaths
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has axed a nicotine addiction study at an Arkansas lab after the deaths of four squirrel monkeys.
Monkey clones are here, are human clones close behind?
Researchers have cloned two healthy monkeys, bringing science an important step closer to being able to do the same with humans. Not that they will.
Since the cloned sheep Dolly was born in 1996, scientists have cloned nearly two dozen kinds of mammals, including dogs, cats, pigs, cows and polo ponies, and have also created human embryos with this method. But until now, they have been unable to make babies this way in primates, the category that includes monkeys, apes and people.
Scientists successfully clone monkeys; are humans up next?
NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time, researchers have used the cloning technique that produced Dolly the sheep to create healthy monkeys, bringing science an important step closer to being able to do the same with humans.
Audubon Zoo says new male gorilla is ‘very inquisitive’
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Audubon Zoo's newest gorilla, Okpara, has a "large personality," is "very inquisitive" and is settling in well, his caretakers said Tuesday (Jan. 9). Okie, as he is called, moved to New Orleans in early December from Boston.
Okie, a 24-year-old male Western lowland gorilla, is one of two new primates at the zoo. In October, Tumani moved to New Orleans from Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado. She's a 10-year-old Western lowland gorilla.
Rare Bornean orangutan born at Tampa zoo
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A zoo in Florida has welcomed the birth of a rare Bornean orangutan.
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo said in a statement Thursday that the endangered primate was born to mother Dee Dee and father Goyang on Jan.6. In October, a human pregnancy test confirmed that Dee Dee was pregnant.
Officials say the zoo is currently home to a group of seven endangered orangutans and participates in the Bornean Orangutan Species Survival Plan.
Cincinnati Zoo’s 16-year-old silverback gorilla dies
CINCINNATI (AP) — Officials at the Cincinnati Zoo say a 16-year-old gorilla has died.
The zoo says in a Facebook post that the female silverback, Anju, died from heart failure Wednesday.
Zoo officials say they noticed the gorilla becoming lethargic and gaining weight late November. An ultrasound showed Anju was suffering from a congenital, terminal heart condition.
Animals killed; workers, firefighter hurt in Tennessee fire
CLINTON, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say several animals have died in a fire at a zoo and rescue facility for exotic animals.
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officials told WATE-TV that witnesses said two primates escaped the fire Monday but were recaptured and brought to safety, while other animals in the exhibit were killed.
In the 1930s, 10 mischievous monkeys living on an island in an Omaha park fascinated and frustrated the city
OMAHA, Neb. - On a July evening more than 80 years ago, a young boy hurled a peanut into a park enclosure and unwittingly started a simian uprising.
A young macaque monkey was knocked out for 10 hours after downing a cup of coffee it stole from a tourist in Bangkok on Sunday.
Frizzy-haired, smaller-headed orangutan may be new great ape
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A remote population of frizzy-haired orangutans on the Indonesian island of Sumatra seems to be a new species of primate, scientists say.
But the purportedly newest member of the family tree of advanced animals that include humans may not be around much longer. Their numbers are so small, and their habitat so fragmented, that they are in danger of going extinct, say the scientists who studied them.
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Health officials adjust advice to hunters regarding chronic wasting disease
Canadas leading pathologist on mad cow disease shook up the deer hunting world this year when she delivered to an international gathering of prion disease experts an alarming study with implications for human exposure to chronic wasting disease (CWD).
By feeding moderate amounts of diseased venison to macaques monkeys over a period of years, Dr. Stefanie Czub found what no one wanted her to find: CWD can be transmitted to non-human primates who are genetically close to humans.