Shortly after her birth, Moesha was taken away from her mother and sent to a laboratory for a life of medical testing.
Senior citizens are common in Florida but one 74-year-old is in a class of her own: "Little Mama" is believed to be the oldest chimpanzee in captivity.
Take a journey of discovery to north western Rwanda in search of the majestic mountain gorilla.
Gorillas put off their food and stressed out orangutans, could nature tourism be bad for wild animals' health?
Forensic anthropologist Dr. Robert Mann shows how a photo and a skull can help identify the remains of U.S troops.
A Florida primate sanctuary on Thursday maintained its chimpanzee named Cheetah, who died last week, was more than 80 years old and acted in the Tarzan movies during the 1930s, amid doubts about his age.
Condolences poured in to a Florida primate sanctuary Wednesday after it announced the death of Cheetah, a chimpanzee that the sanctuary said starred in the Tarzan movies during the 1930s.
The actress and activist teams with chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall
American Morning spotlights a 21-year-old silverback gorilla who has started walking like a human.
You've read the headline, and it probably made you giggle. Go ahead. Get it out of your system. Then take a deep breath and consider how evolution affected a few specific body parts, and why.
Authorities in Gabon have arrested five people for dealing in illegal animal parts, which included the heads of a gorilla and 12 chimpanzees, according to Conservation Justice, a wildlife preservation group.
Five people are arrested in Gabon for dealing in illegal animal parts.
More than 180 chimpanzees, used in research testing for decades and set to be transferred from a New Mexico colony to a Texas research facility for possible use in further testing, will not be moved pending a review of the situation, officials said.
Neanderthals were more like us than we thought.
An overlooked female pinkie bone put in storage after it was discovered in a Siberian cave two years ago points to the existence of a previously unknown prehistoric human species, anthropologists say.
The mother of a 24-year-old California woman whose decomposed remains were found in Malibu Canyon in August said Monday she believes her daughter was murdered and asked that the coroner exhume the remains and the FBI crime lab examine her clothing.
It's just days till Christmas, and many young girls around the world will be thrilled to find little dolls under the tree to play with.
In a remote, rural area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund has opened the country's first rehabilitation center for Grauer's gorillas.
Conservationists plan a bold experiment, reintroducing orphaned, endangered gorillas back into their forest habitat.
Lebanon has become a hub for the trade in endangered species, but moves are being made to protect the animals.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson thinks Flo the chimpanzee needs a friend.
A South African has become so fat on her diet of marshmallows that she's been taken to England to lose weight.
An obese orangutan arrives in England to lose weight. CNN's Ayesha Durgahee reports.
A report in this week's issue of Nature magazine reveals that an international research team based in Ethiopia has uncovered evidence that Australopithecus afarensis - human ancestors circa the skeleton colloquially known as "Lucy" - butchered animals, presumably for nutritious meat and bone marrow. Tool marks made by sharp, heavy rocks were found on 3.4 million-year-old fossilized rib and thigh bones from animals, indicating that humans began eating meat 800,000 years earlier than was previously believed.
An international team of scientists that spent more than a decade studying remains of Neanderthals has drafted the first genome sequence of humans' closest extinct biological relative.
For centuries, philosophers claimed that the ability to make tools separated man from beast.
Political, religious and sexual behaviors may be reflections of intelligence, a new study finds.
CNN's Ashley Fantz catches up with author and barefoot ultrarunner Christopher McDougall as he describes his shoeless inspiration.
CNN's Arwa Damon joins some orangutans at a jungle rehabilitation center.
A loud crack echoes throughout the canopy as two young orangutans come tumbling down, grasping at branches along the way to break their fall. They recover and sheepishly scamper back up.
Environmentalist and humanitarian, Jane Goodall talks to African Voices about her humanitarian project "Roots & shoots."
Jane Goodall left her home in London for the wilds of Africa when she was just 26-years-old driven by the love of and the fascination for animals.
A famed primatologist says the plight of chimpanzees helped inspire Michael Jackson to write the song "Heal the World."
The oldest-known hominid skeleton was a 4-foot-tall female who walked upright more than 4 million years ago and offers new clues to how humans may have evolved, scientists say.
Your sweetheart calls you by another's name. His eyes linger too long on your best friend. He talks with excitement about a girl at work. And the fire catches.
What motivates someone to dedicate their life to save the planet? From art and conservation to activism and philanthropy, people from all walks of life are doing extraordinary things in the name of environmentalism.
Nathan Wolfe is a hunter, but he doesn't carry a gun. His prey are invisible to the naked eye.
French researchers have identified a new human immunodeficiency virus, the first derived from gorillas, a report said Monday.
CNN's John Zarrella reports Bubbles, Michael Jackson's one-time pet chimp, is living happily in a Florida sanctuary.
Bubbles gained fame over two decades ago as Michael Jackson's simian companion. Now at age 26, Bubbles has retired to the Center for Great Apes outside Wauchula, Florida.
The 26-year-old former companion of the King of Pop is now living the good life at a Florida primate sanctuary
The chimpanzees could sense something was different.
Conservationists have found a new population of orangutans in a steep, mountainous corner of Indonesia -- a discovery that significantly adds to the number of the endangered red-haired primates.
CNN's Anna Coren speaks to renowned primatologist Jane Goodall about the big environmental issues facing the world today.
The Humane Society has accused a federally funded primate center of mistreating chimpanzees and other primates, saying that some animals showed signs of psychosis and self-mutilation.
Ancient footprints discovered in northern Kenya are believed to be the oldest sign that early humans had feet like ours.
Images of chimpanzees on television or in the movies depict cute, cuddly and smart animals. So it's no wonder that some people, perhaps those with exotic tastes, may seek them out as pets.
CNN's John Zarrella visits the Save the Chimps facility in Fort Pierce, Florida.
A woman has been hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after a pet chimpanzee attacked her at a friend's home in Stamford, Connecticut, police said.
A chimp kept as a house pet is killed after attacking its owner's friend. CNN's Jason Carroll reports.
A woman has been hospitalized with serious injuries to her face, neck and hands after a pet chimpanzee attacked her at a friend's home in Stamford, Connecticut.
A distinguished group of people took on the daunting job of deciding which CNN Heroes would make the final cut
The selection of 2008's Top 10 CNN Heroes was made by a Blue Ribbon Panel of distinguished leaders and humanitarians. All of our judges are themselves heroes to others through their continuing commitment to public service.
An estimated 125,000 Western lowland gorillas are living in a swamp in equatorial Africa, researchers reported Tuesday, double the number of the endangered primates thought to survive worldwide.
Researchers find that the population of a rare gorilla is larger than thought, CNN's Rusty Dornin reports.
Conservationists find 125,000 undiscovered western lowland gorillas in Africa, suggesting the species is safe
Almost 50 percent of the world's primates are in danger of extinction, according to a report from an international conservation group that cites habitat destruction and hunting as the two greatest threats.
Orangutan numbers have declined sharply on the only two islands where they still live in the wild and they could become the first great ape species to go extinct if urgent action isn't taken
Orangutans and bonobos in one of North America's leading ape research centers are spending time high in their habitats to escape Iowa floodwaters, officials said Monday.
Groups of long-tailed macaques were observed four times over the past eight years scooping up small fish with their hands and eating them along rivers
Human beings may have had a brush with extinction 70,000 years ago, an extensive genetic study suggests
It's been 30,000 years since Neanderthals walked the earth, but now we can hear what they sounded like, according to a Florida anthropologist.
Sometimes I stumble across a book that leaves essential details unexplained and critical questions unanswered, that stacks the deck in its identification of villains and heroes, and whose author tries to adopt a pose of cool disinterest but can't suppress partisan passion.
Primatologist Dr. Jatna Supriatna scans the treetops in a national park on the island of Java, looking for gibbons. This area is home to about 150 of the remaining 4,000 Java gibbons. These highly acrobatic creatures are easy prey on the ground and live well above it in the jungle canopy.
The gibbon mating game makes rehabilitation challenging. CNN's Arwa Damon looks at an effort to save the primate.
Primatologists in the Congo photograph a rare sight: western gorillas mating face-to-face. An ape sexual revolution?
It's a common theory that, given enough time (and food ... and ink ribbon), a million monkeys on a million typewriters will eventually bang out the works of Shakespeare. But that only goes for average monkeys.
A recent census of the world's primate population finds that many of them are in danger of disappearing
In the first study of its kind, researchers pit human toddlers head-to-head against baby apes. The human kids won -- but what's important is why
A fabled fossil goes on view for the first time in decades -- and ignites a controversy
Surprising fossils dug up in Africa are creating messy kinks in the iconic straight line of human evolution with its knuckle-dragging ape and briefcase-carrying man
The 3.2 million-year-old skeleton known as Lucy was quietly flown out of Ethiopia overnight for a tour of the United States, a trip some consider too risky
Sure, forensic science makes great TV, but Texas residents oppose a plan for a "body farm" in their neighborhood
AS: CNN's Andrew Stevens JG: Jane Goodall
(Time.com) -- You don't have to be a biologist or an anthropologist to see how closely the great apes -- gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans -- resemble us.
A geneticist from the University of Nottingham has told an HIV Aids conference in Durban, South Africa, that a group of threatened chimpanzees could hold "vital clues" in the treatment of the disease.
She began her career with no academic credentials, but decades later, Jane Goodall has evolved into a world-renowned primatologist who teaches young people about environmental protection.
Scientists in Spain announced Thursday that they've unearthed a 13 million-year-old fossilized skeleton of an ape that is possibly a common ancestor of humans and great apes, including orangutans, bonobos, chimps and gorillas.
Archaeologists say a site in South Carolina may rewrite the history of how the Americas were settled by pushing back the date of human settlement thousands of years.
Most dinosaurs were incinerated in a matter of hours after an asteroid impact 65 million years ago kicked up a global rain of broiling debris, according to a new study.
Check out a day care center or ask parents raising boys and girls: Many will say little boys and little girls learn and do things differently.
Get it through your once-thick skull. Scientists say the bulky craniums of the human ancestor, homo erectus, may have helped the species survive some aggressive mating rituals.
In the dangerous, hairy, backbiting world of baboons, the struggle to attain alpha-male status and power is all about sex. Unlike gibbons, who mate for life, or bonobos, who scurry off to the intim...
You know those illustrations that supposedly show human evolution--the ones in which a monkey turns into an ape, which turns into a Neanderthal and so on, until we reach the pinnacle of the species...
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