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(Last updated 4/21/06)

The news release announcing the closing of the chimpanzee center can be found here.

A "Q & A" document providing additional information regarding this decision is available here.

A comrehensive collection of background documents on closing of OSU Chimp Research Center is available here.

 

Previous research stories pertaining to Ohio State research involving its chimpanzee center:

"Ohio State Primatologist Named One Of Discover Magazine's 'Top 50' Women Scientists," 10/17/02.

"Discovery Channel Special Watches OSU Chimps Learn To Read." 4/11/02.

"One Chimp Can Perceive States Of Awareness In Others," 8/29/97.

RETIRED OSU CHIMP DIES UNEXPECTEDLY AT TEXAS REFUGE

COLUMBUS , Ohio Ohio State University officials have learned that another chimpanzee from its former research colony has unexpectedly died in a San Antonio refuge.

Bobby, a 16-year-old male, was found dead in his enclosure Thursday morning. Caretakers at the facility had noticed on Wednesday that the chimpanzee was seemed unwell and had scheduled a visit by a veterinarian for Thursday.

No cause of death was immediately determined but officials at the refuge, Primarily Primates, removed the animal's body to the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research for a necropsy. Results of that necropsy won't be available for about two weeks.

Bobby was one of nine chimpanzees retired from research at the university in early March and transferred to the Texas sanctuary. Another male chimp in the colony, Kermit, died of a heart attack the day after he arrived there.

University officials said the remaining animals appear to be healthy and thriving in their new home. Ohio State 's William Yonushonis, the senior laboratory animal veterinarian on campus, flew to the sanctuary early today.

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Contact: Earle Holland, (614) 286-6574 (cell); Holland.8@osu.edu.