Due to human encroachment, habitat destruction, illegal hunting and disease, many animals are facing the danger of extinction.
The ape family has not avoided this fate, as many of its species are endangered.
AP (Apr. 20, 2012) Heart disease is a leading killer of great apes in captivity. Atlanta's zoo is home to the Great Ape Heart Project, which is dedicated to understanding, diagnosing and treating heart disease in the ... watch video
AP (May 9, 2012) Orangutans are great communicators, whether if it's through sign language or gestures or sounds they make. Now, trainers at Jungle Island in Miami are using technology to help the apes communicate ... watch video
Reuters (May 11, 2012) Orangutans at the Jungle Island Zoo in Florida are learning to use iPads to identify object like body parts and food. The hi-tech approach to communication is modeled on a system used successfully ... watch video
Reuters (Feb. 17, 2013) A propensity for right-handedness is not a uniquely human trait but one shared by great apes, according to new research by a leading cognitive psychologist. The findings cast doubt on long-held ... watch video
AP (Jan. 24, 2013) Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington has started the 'Apps for Apes' program, allowing orangutans to play music, draw and even communicate with each other remotely via the iPad's video chat ... watch video
AP (July 4, 2014) Performance capture actor Terry Notary is the best in the world at moving his human body like an ape. Notary makes the chimps come alive in 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.' He talks about his craft ... watch video
AFP (July 29, 2014) The world's great apes face extinction within decades, renowned chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall warned Tuesday in a call to arms to ensure man's closest relatives are not wiped out. Duration: ... watch video
July 21, 2016 New study provides insights into the evolution of Mucorales fungi, which cause a fatal infection in ever-increasing segments of patient population, and several molecular pathways that might be ... read more
July 21, 2016 Ecologists are leading a global effort to predict where new infectious diseases are likely to emerge. In a new paper, they describe how macroecology—the study of ecological ... read more
Apr. 7, 2015 The number of gorillas and chimpanzees in Central Africa continues to decline due to hunting, habitat loss, and disease, combined with a widespread lack of law enforcement and corruption in the ... read more
May 21, 2014 Newly analyzed tooth samples from the great apes of the Miocene indicate that the same dietary specialization that allowed the apes to move from Africa to Eurasia may have led to their extinction. ... read more
Dec. 17, 2012 Tanzania has many different and diverse wildlife populations spread across a network of protected areas extending over the whole country. These wildlife populations are under threat from illegal ... read more
Oct. 15, 2012 Humankind's closest living relatives -- the world's apes, monkeys, lemurs and other primates -- are on the brink of extinction and in need of urgent conservation measures, according to a ... read more