Scientists are validating and advancing Jane Goodall's early observations that chimpanzees experience grief (among other "human" emotions). When a 50-year-old chimpanzee named Pansy was dying in a zoo in Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Parkin in Stirlingshire, Scotland, companion chimps gathered around her, groomed her and caressed her. Her daughter slept by her side even after she died.
If you did not know that bonobos are matriarchal and use sex to maintain harmony, you'll want to read this introduction to bonobos from Live Science and primatologist Brian Hare. He has done several studies at our sanctuary for orphaned chimpanzees, the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo.
Did you know there is some exciting momentum around the issue of chimpanzees used in invasive research?
Best estimates are that more than 1,000 chimpanzees are in labs in the U.S., either being used for painful and terrifying experiments or being warehoused in case they are wanted. One chimpanzee named Karen was taken from the wild as an infant and kept in a lab for more than 50 years.
If you care to learn about this issue and spread the word, here are some other facts to pocket:
Did you know that an estimated 1,000 chimpanzees are caged in 9 biomedical research and testing laboratories or "warehouses" across the U.S.?
That the U.S. is the only country besides Gabon that continues to conduct invasive research on chimpanzees?
Karen is one of the estimated 1,000 chimpanzees used in biomedical research.
In 1988, Jane Goodall met JoJo, a chimpanzee used for research into HIV/AIDS. (Photo:JGI)
JGI videographer Bill Wallauer reflects on the first chimpanzee he encountered in Gombe, Prof, the musical chimp of Gombe.
For 15 years, Bill Wallauer scrambled up and down the hills and valleys of Gombe National Park in Tanzania, camera in hand, filming the daily dramas of the world’s most famous chimpanzee society. Chimpanzee births, dominance displays, infanticide attempts, encounters with snakes, the mysterious waterfall and rain “dances” – he has seen all of this and more.