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Dave Martin / Associated Press

Emory's Primate Research Center, Yerkes, is now free to send seven of its research chimps to a zoo in England.

Animal rights groups sued to block the transfer. But they lost their case this past week.

The New England Anti-Vivisection Society President Theodora Capaldo, who has led the effort, said they have now written a letter to Emory asking the university to change course.

"Yerkes out of an ethical obligation should be voluntarily not sending those chimps," Capaldo said.

Courtesy of Dr. Charles Menzel / Georgia State University

Professor Michael Beran puts on a lab coat to work with Sherman, one of Georgia State University’s three chimpanzees. The primates live in a jungle gym-like enclosure, which includes indoor and outdoor areas, at the university’s Language Research Center in south DeKalb County.

In the indoor section, Beran invites Sherman over and sets up a test using carrots and bananas; the sight of the latter makes the chimp grunt loudly. Beran covers up each food with a differently colored container and has Sherman pick which one he wants.