Latest Primates News

Judge: Solve dispute over pal to sign-language gorilla Koko

Dec. 17, 2018 1:30 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — A judge has ordered the Cincinnati Zoo and a conservatory to resolve a custody dispute over a gorilla loaned as a companion to the late Koko, who was famous for mastering sign language. U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg recommended out-of-court mediation Monday, writing that the zoo and...

Frogs, fish and small birds die in English zoo fire

Dec. 16, 2018 8:34 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A zoo in northwest England says insects, frogs, fish and small birds perished in a fire that broke out in an enclosure devoted to exotic tropical habitats. Chester Zoo said in a statement issued on Sunday that keepers were able to lure all mammal species to safety, including critically...

Visitors evacuated, animals moved after fire at British zoo

Dec. 15, 2018 12:06 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A fire broke out Saturday in an enclosure at one of Britain's largest zoos, forcing keepers to evacuate visitors and move animals away from the flames. Witnesses said the blaze broke out about 11:30 a.m. in the Monsoon Forest habitat area, with winds fanning flames in the building's...

Former nicotine research monkeys now at primate sanctuary

Dec. 13, 2018 6:14 AM EST

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. The Gainesville Sun reported Wednesday that the squirrel monkeys are now at the...

Ape, 'sweetest gibbon,' dies Friday at Dickerson Park Zoo

Dec. 10, 2018 9:54 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A 12-year-old ape has died at the zoo in Springfield after contracting an acute bacterial infection. The Springfield News-Leader reports that the siamang gibbon named Lucu caught the infection about a week ago. It didn't respond to treatment, and he died Friday at the Dickerson Park...

Leaping lemur surprises Florida trooper during DUI arrest

Dec. 7, 2018 3:02 PM EST

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A lemur surprised a Florida Highway Patrol trooper when it crawled from a trailer being pulled by a pickup truck that had been stopped for driving erratically and hitting other cars. Dashcam video shows the lemur peeking out of the trailer before hopping to the ground and leaping...

Zoo suing for gorilla's return asks for ruling without trial

Dec. 3, 2018 6:06 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Attorneys for an Ohio zoo suing a conservatory for the return of a gorilla are asking a judge to rule in the zoo's favor without going to trial. The Cincinnati Zoo sued The Gorilla Foundation in October for the return of the silverback gorilla who served as a companion to Koko, the late...

Virunga National Park says ranger killed in militia attack

Nov. 28, 2018 2:29 PM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A wildlife park in eastern Congo that is home to critically endangered mountain gorillas says a park ranger has been killed after an attack by armed militia at a ranger post on Lake Edward. Virunga National Park said the situation has been stabilized and an investigation into...

Study predicts monkey population boom in Florida park

Nov. 19, 2018 3:32 PM EST

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. In a study published in The Journal of Wildlife Management, researchers found that...

Kansas City Zoo mourns death of 55-year-old chimp

Nov. 19, 2018 2:21 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Zoo has euthanized a 55-year-old chimpanzee because her health was failing. The zoo announced Monday in a Facebook post that the chimp, named Blackie, died Friday. Born in Africa, she came to the Kansas City Zoo in 1966. She has eight offspring and is a grandmother....