Featuring Lisa Marie at Save the Chimps

On behalf of Save the Chimps Inc., located in Ft. Pierce, Florida, we feature here Lisa Marie, the sanctuary’s 320th rescued chimpanzee.  Lisa Marie, separated from her mother at a very young age, spent her first 8 years in the entertainment industry in Chicago.  Many chimps who reach this age begin to show signs of strength and become difficult to control, so they often end up shut away in garages or cages in backyards.

Save the Chimps was able to step in and rescue Lisa Marie, to give her a permanent, caring home with fellow chimps.  She is described as a small, delicate chimpanzee with a sweet, friendly and rambunctious personality. She loves stuffed animals, blankets, plastic toys and jelly.  To make a donation in honour of her, you can visit the website.  Please watch the video of Lisa Marie playing with and hugging (a lot!) her companions:


Carole Noon founded Save the Chimps Inc in 1997. Their stated mission is:

“To provide and build support for permanent sanctuary for the lifelong care of chimpanzees from research laboratories, entertainment, and the pet trade.”

A brief history of Save the Chimps can be seen here:

Thank you to Save the Chimps for providing us with information!


Bonobo Cognition and Behaviour

New book just published, edited by Brian Hare and Shinya Yamamoto, Bonobo Cognition and Behaviour.  Brill publisher introduction to the book:

“This volume includes twelve novel empirical papers focusing on the behaviour and cognition of both captive and wild bonobos (Pan paniscus). As our species less known closest relative, the bonobo has gone from being little studied to increasingly popular as a species of focus over the past decade. Overall this volume demonstrates how anyone interested in understanding humans or chimpanzees must also know bonobos. Bonobos are not only equal to chimpanzees as our relatives, but they are also unique.

The majority of papers in this volume show that whether you are interested in the evolution of culture and tool use, social relationships and sharing or foraging ecology and cognition, bonobos have a major contribution to make. Four papers provide further evidence that the behaviour and psychology of bonobo females is radically different from that observed in chimpanzees. Foraging behaviour and cognition of bonobos is the focus of three papers that each show important ways that bonobos spatial cognition differs remarkably from chimpanzees. Two papers are relevant to solving the puzzle of why bonobos are expert extractive foragers in captivity but have never been seen using tools to obtain food in the wild.”