Chimpanzees in the Media

USDA investigates Texas Biomed after primate deaths

Texas Biomedical Research Institute, one of the few facilities still performing medical research on chimpanzees, is under investigation by the USDA after the death of two primates housed at the laboratory.

posted 07/29/2014 4:38 PM

The movie theater is no place to take a chimp

After animal trainers escorted two young chimps to the opening night showing of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” at a Myrtle Beach, S.C., multiplex theater, the publicity stunt was roundly condemned by officials of animal welfare organizations and primate sanctuaries.

posted 07/28/2014 11:24 PM

Chimpanzees Don’t Belong on Either Side of the Theater Screen

After Myrtle Beach Safari brought two young chimpanzees to a movie theater last week to see "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" amongst public movie-goers, Debbie Metzler with Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest discusses the publicity stunt and the inappropriate use of live chimpanzees in film.

posted 07/24/2014 5:58 PM

All 110 New Iberia Research Center chimpanzees arrive at Chimp Haven

After a year and a half of intense planning, fundraising and traveling, all 110 federally owned chimpanzees formerly used in research at the New Iberia Research Center have been retired to Chimp Haven.

posted 07/02/2014 7:30 PM

Ebola and ethics: Is animal welfare killing wild apes?

The discussion about if and how to involve captive chimpanzees in the development of vaccines to protect their wild cousins is just beginning. Primate experts are cautious about carrying out research on captive apes. The issue is far more complex than just comparing what's worth more: the welfare of captive animals or the survival of apes in the wild, explains Steve Ross, Director of the Lester Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes.

posted 06/30/2014 2:33 PM

Zoo Mourns Death Of Its Last Wild-Born Chimp After 'Long And Very Healthy Life'

Though she beat the odds and lived a dramatically longer-than-average life, Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo is mourning the death of chimpanzee Vicky, who passed away Wednesday at the age of 50. The average life expectancy for female chimpanzees like Vicky is just under 39 years, making her survival to 50 an exceptional feat.

posted 06/06/2014 3:28 PM

Have breakfast with chimps in Shreveport

Chimp Haven, which provides a home for chimpanzees on 200 forested acres in Louisiana, is open to the public on a limited basis: The public can visit on seven mornings each year during Chimpanzee Discovery Days, watching about 40 chimps romp around their living areas.

posted 05/31/2014 8:27 PM

Beloved Houston Zoo chimp, Mac, dies

The Houston Zoo has lost a beloved member of the chimpanzee family who passed away after a routine veterinary exam. Mac, a 20-year-old male chimp who has been at the zoo for the past four years and was the alpha male of his chimpanzee group, will be missed dearly by Zoo staff and guests.

posted 05/20/2014 12:58 PM

Video featuring Chimp Haven is an award winner

A video produced by the Humane Society of the United States featuring Chimp Haven has won a 'Silver Telly' award. The video features retired chimps walking into open areas and seeing the sky above them without bars overhead for the first time. Chimp Haven President and CEO, Cathy Willis Spraetz, says it is an emotional moment that connected with viewers.

posted 05/16/2014 5:07 PM

Chimps and Humans Share Similar Personality Traits

New research suggests that chimpanzees have personality traits quite similar to their human cousins. The study, conducted by researchers at Georgia State University, found that chimpanzees not only possess many of the same personality traits as humans — from agreeableness to extroversion — these traits are structured almost identically in both humans and chimps.

posted 05/11/2014 9:48 AM