Chimpanzee Research
6:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Life Of Chimp Research And 'Adventure' For Midwestern Scientific Duo

A chimpanzee sounds its call in the Goualougo Triangle - the site of an intensive conservation project which researchers Crickette Sanz and David Morgan founded.
(Courtesy Ian Nichols)

For more than a decade, Washington University anthropologist Crickette Sanz and Lincoln Park Zoo research conservationist David Morgan have lived and worked in a remote stretch of forest in Africa’s Congo Basin, studying chimpanzees and gorillas.

Together with local Congolese, they founded the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project, whose mission is to study and protect great apes and their habitat.

Sanz and Morgan are giving a talk about their work tonight at the St. Louis Zoo — they spoke with St. Louis Public Radio's Véronique LaCapra.

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Chimpanzee attack victim heals in St. Louis
4:14 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Chimp attack victim recovering in St. Louis

Andrew Oberle is recovering from his injuries at St. Louis University Hospital.
(via Facebook)

A St. Louis man, who was attacked by chimpanzees at a South African refuge, is now recovering at a St. Louis hospital.

Andrew Oberle, Jr., was pulled under a fence and mauled by chimps at the Jane Goodall Institute’s Eden Sanctuary in June. He suffered serious injuries to his head, arms and legs. St. Louis University Hospital chief of plastic surgery Dr. Bruce Kraemer told reporters Thursday that Oberle has a good attitude and is healing well.

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Chimpanzee Attack
11:28 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Chimp attack victim coming home to St. Louis

Andrew Oberle.
(via Facebook)

The St. Louis man mauled in a chimpanzee attack in South Africa is returning home for treatment.

Andrew Oberle is expected to be transferred from a hospital in South Africa to Saint Louis University Hospital next week. Hospital spokeswoman Laura Keller says Dr. Bruce Kraemer, chief of plastic surgery, will oversee his care.

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Andrew Oberle
5:56 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Student from St. Louis mauled by chimps in South Africa

Andrew Oberle in a photo from his Facebook page dated August 29, 2010.
(via Facebook)

The mother of a 26-year-old researcher mauled by chimpanzees in South Africa says her son has been passionate about chimps for years and knew the risks involved in studying primates.

Andrew Oberle, a graduate student at the University of Texas at San Antonio, was in critical condition Friday after undergoing surgery near Johannesburg. Officials say Oberle was giving a lecture Thursday at the Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Eden when two chimpanzees pulled him under a fence. Officials say Oberle had several severe bite wounds.

Chimpanzee death
3:14 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

"Father figure" chimpanzee euthanized

Zookeepers at the St. Louis Zoo on Wednesday announced they had euthanized the chimpanzee Smoke, pictured here with his foster daughter Tammy, on June 22. Smoke was 43.
(photo by Carol Weerts/St. Louis Zoo)

Updated to reflect the fact that chimp was euthanized last month.

A chimpanzee who helped foster six young apes at the St. Louis Zoo while raising his own youngster has died.

The Zoo announced today that Smoke was euthanized June 22 after veterinary staff found that an infection and inflammation in his abdomen had spread.

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