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Volunteers plant fruit orchard for Indiana primate sanctuary

Nov. 27, 2021 08:38 AM EST

WINAMAC, Ind. (AP) — Staff at a primate sanctuary in northern Indiana will be feeding the center’s menagerie with freshly picked fruit in the coming years thanks to a newly planted orchard. A team of volunteers helped plant 60 fruit trees last month on the property of...

Errant monkey captivates crowd in Puerto Rico's capital

Nov. 03, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — With necks craned and eyes shielded from the sun, dozens of people gathered Wednesday around a towering eucalyptus tree in the heart of Puerto Rico’s bustling capital for a most unusual sight: a rhesus macaque monkey on the loose. It was...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Oct. 29, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Fauci had no...

Endangered orangutan in New Orleans expecting twins

Oct. 21, 2021 14:00 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A critically endangered Sumatran orangutan in New Orleans is pregnant with twins, the zoo in New Orleans announced Thursday. “We are very excited about this pregnancy,” Bob MacLean, senior veterinarian at the Audubon Zoo, said in a news release....

Pig-to-human transplants come a step closer with new test

Oct. 20, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

Scientists temporarily attached a pig’s kidney to a human body and watched it begin to work, a small step in the decades-long quest to one day use animal organs for life-saving transplants. Pigs have been the most recent research focus to address the organ shortage, but...

Zoo in New Orleans vaccinating apes against COVID-19

Oct. 13, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The zoo in New Orleans is vaccinating great apes against COVID-19, and plans to vaccinate cats, otters and animals related to otters. The Audubon Zoo recently received enough of the two-dose animal vaccine for its four gorillas and four orangutans,...

Monkey Island attraction in Florida getting a major makeover

Oct. 10, 2021 03:03 AM EDT

HOMOSASSA, Fla. (AP) — Good news for Ralph, Ebony and Emily. The primate residents of Monkey Island at the Florida Cracker Riverside Resort in Homosassa are getting an extreme makeover of their home that’s in need of repair. Thanks to the...

Congo's famous mountain gorilla dies at 14 in Virunga Park

Oct. 07, 2021 11:59 AM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Ndakasi, a mountain gorilla who famously posed for a selfie with a ranger at Congo's Virunga National Park, has died at 14 after a long illness, the park said. “It is with heartfelt sadness that Virunga announces the death of beloved orphaned...

Zoo Miami: Orangutan dies following dental surgery

Sep. 24, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — An orangutan has died at Zoo Miami following a dental surgery, officials said. Kumang, a 44-year-old Bornean orangutan, died Thursday during recovery from anesthesia, according to a statement from the South Florida zoo. ...

Document reports monkey deaths at Louisiana research center

Sep. 24, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Five dehydrated baby monkeys died or were euthanized in July at a University of Louisiana research center, according to a federal inspection report made public this week. Four of the rhesus macaques became dehydrated after a water pressure regulator...