***Species Spotlight*** Other than humans, chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) are the most widespread great ape. Though they are more widespread than other species of ape found across the African continent, they are still in critical danger. They are currently labeled as endangered in the wild by IUCN and are quickly falling victim to habitat loss, the bush meat trade, and pet trade. Though people have been inclined to want a chimpanzee as a pet after seeing infant chimps in movies and television, it is important to remember they grow up into powerful adults, and the chimpanzee “smile” most people know is actually a sign of fear and aggression. When people realize they cannot care for an adult chimpanzee, it is common to sell them for biomedical research. With the passage of the law barring medical research on chimpanzees in 2015, some of these individuals have been retired to sanctuaries, though most are still kept in their cages in medical research facilities. You can help these individuals out by volunteering your time or donating money to one of the many sanctuaries across the US so they can help give these chimpanzees a true home. This week’s spotlight brought to you by 2nd year grad student Kailie Dombrausky. More on her later this week!