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June 13, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The 62-year-old man mauled by two chimpanzees in March was taken out of his medically induced coma last week at Loma Linda University Medical Center and is starting a slow recovery, his attorney said. Meanwhile, the owner of the animal sanctuary where St. James Davis of West Covina was attacked while visiting his pet chimp Moe said she is asking state authorities to find the pet a new home.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1988 | Compiled by Times Science Writer Thomas Maugh II from research presented at the meeting of the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science in Boston last week
Among primates, making peace is as natural as making war, according to a primatologist from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. This behavior indicates that mechanisms to alleviate tension in human relationships evolved together with aggression, said Frans B. M. de Waal. "Most animal behavior is explained in terms of a struggle for existence and animals are depicted as very competitive and very selfish," de Waal said.
OPINION
June 16, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
In the more than two decades since the U.S. government declared chimpanzees in the wild to be an endangered species, not much has improved for those great apes. The threats of habitat loss, poaching and disease have only intensified. Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed reclassifying captive chimpanzees as well, moving them from the "threatened" category to "endangered," a change that brings with it stricter guidelines covering the handling and use of the animals. In the future, any procedure that harms, harasses or kills a research chimp would require a permit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 1998 | DARRELL SATZMAN
The Wildlife Waystation is continuing its efforts to obtain a group of chimpanzees retired earlier this year from medical research, but many of the primates originally sought by the animal refuge are no longer available for adoption, officials said.
SCIENCE
March 19, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Just like enterprising humans, chimpanzees can be good team players to achieve their goals, according to a new study. The findings, published in Biology Letters, give a glimpse into the possible origins of human cooperative behavior.  With the lure of a juicy grape before them and two specialized tools in hand, chimps were able to work in pairs and free the fruit from a complex trap, according to a pair of European researchers working at the...
NEWS
March 17, 1990 | United Press International
The government has declared wild chimpanzees an endangered species, a move that will provide additional federal protection for man's closest relative, officials confirmed Friday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had classified the primate as a "threatened" species, but officials said that more protection was needed in view of recent studies documenting a drastic decline in the populations of wild chimps in Africa.
NEWS
October 3, 1998 | AMBERIN ZAMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
His tiny hands clenched into balls, his frail body trembling with fear, 9-month-old Lucky awaits prospective buyers at a market in Istanbul. He's not easy to spot. Lucky spends the day confined in a dark, musty attic at the Istanbul Animal Emporium. "We're not really supposed to be selling chimps," the owner says with a conspiratorial wink, "but I'll let you have this one for $8,000."
SCIENCE
March 5, 2005 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
Although wild chimpanzees are very aggressive animals, attacks such as the one that severely injured St. James Davis on Thursday are very rare, experts said Friday. "There are so few [attacks] that when they do happen, they are on CNN," said Carole Noon of the Center for Captive Chimpanzee Care in Florida. Generally, when a chimp escapes its cage, it runs away or goes in search of food or other items.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1987
The most extensive genetic analysis ever conducted reaffirms that humans' closest cousins on the evolutionary family tree are chimpanzees, whose genes are about 98.4% similar to those of people, researchers report. "Who is our closest living relative? That turns out to be the chimp. In our family tree, they're the ones right next to us," said Michael M. Miyamoto, an assistant zoology professor at the University of Florida. Chimps and humans are about 98.
NEWS
December 16, 2011 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
On Thursday, Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, said he would follow the advice of the Institute of Medicine and limit the number and types of biomedical research experiments that involve chimpanzees. Ultimately, he said, the number of studies that use the animals would fall from 37 to about 20 or fewer. Chimpanzees were first recruited for use in biomedical research because they share all but 200,000 of the 3 billion chemical letters that make up humanDNA.
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