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Chimpanzees

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.

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Animal rights groups are trying to block a permit allowing Yerkes National Primate Research Center to move eight of its chimpanzees abroad.

The coalition led by the New England Anti-Vivisection Society, or NEAVS, filed a lawsuit Monday asking a federal judge to overturn the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to grant the permit. 

Yerkes, which is part of Atlanta's Emory University, wants to donate the chimpanzees to Wingham Wildlife Park in England. The transfer is considered an export and requires a permit under the Endangered Species Act.