Captive Chimps Join Their Wild Cousins in Getting 'Endangered' Status

June 12, 2015 7:00 PM

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Captive chimpanzees will get the same protections as wild chimps, federal wildlife officials say. On Friday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service elevated the status of captive chimps to "endangered" under the Endangered Species Act to match that of wild chimps.

"Extending captive chimpanzees the protections afforded their endangered cousins in the wild will ensure humane treatment and restrict commercial activities under the Endangered Species Act," Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe said in a statement.

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