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Abandoned research chimp Ponso can't survive alone on African island

Abandoned research chimp Ponso can't survive alone on African island

Ponso the chimpanzee is the sole survivor of a hepatitis research program on an island off the coast of Liberia, and he needs your help. When he was retired from the program that started in 1974, the New York Blood Center in Vilab II placed Ponso on the Atlantic island with about 20 other chimpanzees . Over half of them reportedly died from starvation within months. In 2013, Ponso’s mate and two children perished, leaving him alone. The New York Blood Center at first indicated they wanted to provide care for the chimps. The non-profit stopped testing back in 2005 and Vilab II director Alfred M. Prince said that they were searching for an organization to provide long-term care for the chimps, “NYBC recognizes its responsibility to provide an endowment to fund the sanctuary for the lifetime care of the chimpanzees,” he said . Later, Victoria O’Neill, spokesperson for the New...

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/chimpanzee-abandoned-by-new-york-res...

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