Two chimps, one grooming the other on the chin
Chimps Appear to Treat Others' Wounds Using Insects
The practice, which hasn’t been previously observed among nonhuman animals, may be a display of empathy. 
Chimps Appear to Treat Others' Wounds Using Insects
Chimps Appear to Treat Others' Wounds Using Insects

The practice, which hasn’t been previously observed among nonhuman animals, may be a display of empathy. 

The practice, which hasn’t been previously observed among nonhuman animals, may be a display of empathy. 

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macaque in zoo enclosure
Leading Japanese Primate Research Center is Closing
Chloe Tenn | Oct 19, 2021
Kyoto University is shuttering its Primate Research Institute after its director was dismissed for misuse of funding.
Trixie Gardner (left) and Allen Gardner (right) spend time interacting with Washoe (center).
R. Allen Gardner, Who Taught Chimps to Sign, Dies at 91
Lisa Winter | Oct 5, 2021
Gardner famously claimed to have taught chimpanzees to communicate with people using American Sign Language by raising them as if they were human children.
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One chimpanzee has its hand on the ear of another, as it peers onto the back of its neck. A third chimpanzee is in the background.
Chimp Groups Have Their Own Distinct “Handshakes”
Robin Donovan | Jun 18, 2021
A 12-year study shows variation among primate groups in how the animals clasp hands during grooming, but consistency within them, even as group membership shifts over time.
New Bacterium Linked to Chimp Deaths
Asher Jones | Feb 3, 2021
The newly discovered microbe seems to be responsible for a mysterious neurological disease that has killed dozens of critically endangered Western chimpanzees.
Companionship May Help Chimps Chill Out
Joshua A. Krisch | Nov 2, 2016
Study suggests chimpanzees get by with a little help from their primate pals.
Primates, Gut Microbes Evolved Together
Anna Azvolinsky | Jul 21, 2016
Symbiotic gut bacteria evolved and diverged along with ape and human lineages, researchers find. 
Research Chimps Being Retired
Tanya Lewis | May 6, 2016
A Louisiana research center is sending more than 200 chimpanzees to a sanctuary in Georgia.
Embattled Chimps Relocate
Kerry Grens | Jan 9, 2016
After losing out on “personhood” in a legal battle, two chimpanzees that were held at a university in New York return to a research center in Louisiana.
Judge: Chimps Are Not Legal Persons
Tracy Vence | Jul 31, 2015
Animals used in research are property, a New York State Supreme Court justice rules.
Captive Chimps Endangered, Too
Jef Akst | Jun 15, 2015
The US Fish and Wildlife Service moves captive chimpanzees under the umbrella of federal protection that covers their wild counterparts.
Judge to Stony Brook: Justify Keeping Research Chimps
Tracy Vence | Apr 22, 2015
A New York Supreme Court judge has ordered university officials to defend their custody of two chimpanzees used in research.
Chimp Culture Caught on Camera
Bob Grant | Oct 1, 2014
Researchers have captured footage of wild chimpanzees teaching each other to use tools, lending support to the idea that humans aren’t the only primates to engage in social learning.
Governing Science
Abby Olena | Dec 30, 2013
How the US government impacted life science research in 2013
Chimp Retirement Bill Signed
Tracy Vence | Dec 2, 2013
The US President has signed a bill to support the retirement of federally owned research chimpanzees over the next five years.
Chimp Retirement on Hold
Jef Akst | Oct 31, 2013
The 60 NIH chimpanzees that were set to enjoy their remaining years at a sanctuary in Louisiana will have to wait a little longer, thanks to Congress’s ongoing budgeting problems.
NIH to Cut Back on Chimp Research
Chris Palmer | Jun 26, 2013
The NIH will significantly reduce the use of chimpanzees in biomedical research and retire the majority of its chimps to sanctuaries.
US Chimps May Get Endangered Status
Chris Palmer | Jun 13, 2013
A proposal to grant captive chimpanzees the same endangered species status as wild chimps could hamper medical research.
NIH Chimps Pushed Toward Retirement
Jef Akst | Jan 24, 2013
A National Institutes of Health working group urges the agency to send most of its chimpanzees to a national sanctuary and halt half of the experiments involving such animals.
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | Feb 1, 2012
February 2012's selection of notable quotes