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Chimps Deserve Better Art Contest September 8, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Nature.

Are you or do you know a talented young artist?

If so, you may be interested in the HSUS Chimps Deserve Better Drawing Contest.

Patrick McDonnell, illustrator of the “MUTTS” comic strip, will choose two grand prize winners from among the finalists.

Kid-friendly facts about chimpanzees (from HSUS):

* Chimpanzees are great apes, as are gorillas, orangutans, bonobos and humans.  Great apes do not have tails and monkeys do.

* It is estimated that 50 years ago, there were about 1 million chimpanzees living in Africa. Now, chimpanzees are considered endangered with as few as 150,000 left in the wild.

* By the age of 3, chimpanzees are as strong as an adult human but only weigh about 30-40 pounds.

* Like humans, it has been shown that chimpanzees experience emotions like joy, anger, grief, sorrow, pleasure, boredom and depression. They also comfort and reassure one another by kissing and embracing.

* Chimpanzees can live to be more than 50 years old.

* Some chimpanzees have learned to communicate using American Sign Language, symbols and computer graphics.

* Chimpanzees use tools. In the wild, they pound nuts with sticks, and use stones like hammers, probe for honey and insects with twigs and grass stalks, pry open ant nests with small branches and get water from hollow trees by using wads of crumpled leaves like a sponge.

* Chimpanzees will nurse on their mother for five years and do not become adults until they are 13 years old.

* Chimpanzees can recognize a chimpanzee they know just by looking at a photo of that chimpanzee’s rear end.

* There are more than 1,000 chimpanzees in laboratories today. About 600 other chimpanzees have been retired to sanctuaries.

For more information about the wonderful sanctuaries in the U.S. which are caring for chimpanzees, visit: Volunteer at a Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Have FUN creating for the Chimps Deserve Better Art Contest!



1. cindy - September 8, 2010

What a lovely initiative, going to show my daughter this post.

nrhatch - September 8, 2010

I’ve checked the rules and it seems that all children from ALL nations are eligible to enter.

To confirm, you might want to send an e-mail to HSUS at the address above.

If Orig Bunn participates, make sure to share her poster with us!

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