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Brenda Scott Royce
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Brenda Scott Royce’s books, like her life, mix monkeys and mayhem. Her
novels Monkey Love (2006) and Monkey Star (2007) chronicle the misadventures of Holly Heckerling, a stand-up comedienne who befriends a monkey while juggling career and romantic entanglements. A former book editor and chimpanzee caregiver, Brenda is currently director of publications for the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association and editor of the Zoo's award-winning magazine, Zoo View. She is a writer on the BBC kids television series, Chuggington. Visit her website.

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For CareerBuilder Chimps, Sadly, the Joke Is On Them

(3) Comments | Posted February 12, 2011 | 1:06 PM

AdAge has joined the growing cry to halt the use of great apes in advertising, editorializing that despite their comic potential, "It's time to stop using them for the sake of selling product." (Memo to Adland: Enough with the Monkey Business).

The AdAge announcement came on the...

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Help Pepsi Give Back to Primates

(1) Comments | Posted October 12, 2010 | 1:00 PM

I wasn't the only one who was bowled over earlier this year when Pepsi announced they'd forgo advertising during the SuperBowl, instead donating the millions they would have spent on Bowl ads to charity. (Thousands of charities, in fact, all selected by online voting.) Much has been written...

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Ape Advocate Cries Foul Over Super Bowl Simians

(6) Comments | Posted February 12, 2009 | 10:25 AM

What do chimpanzees and motor oil have in common? If you said nothing, you probably missed Super Bowl 43, when these otherwise incongruent entities shared the screen in a 30-second commercial for Castrol Edge.

In the spot (titled "Grease Monkeys" despite the fact that its simian stars are not...

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The Real Cost of "Virtual" Nature

(8) Comments | Posted January 27, 2009 | 5:31 PM

It should come as a surprise to absolutely no one that children today spend far more time engaged in electronic media than experiencing nature. (With the average American child "plugged in" for six hours each day, how much time could possibly be left for outdoor play?) What is stunning,...

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Odd Couple at the Zoo: Slash and Betty White

(5) Comments | Posted January 26, 2009 | 4:27 PM

As reported here last week, rocker Slash (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver) and "Golden Girl" Betty White have joined forces to battle activists seeking to cease construction of the L.A. Zoo's Asian elephant habitat.

White, who has been involved with the zoo for 40 years, has staunchly...

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The Rocker and the Golden Girl

(2) Comments | Posted January 13, 2009 | 4:42 PM

Slash and Betty White join forces in fight to save the zoo's elephant:

They say politics makes for strange bedfellows, and few pairings could be stranger than rocker Slash (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver) and Golden Girl Betty White. But both have thrown their weight behind the Los...

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Bob & Lily & Jack & Betty

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2009 | 10:14 AM

The celebrity support behind the push to cease construction of the Los Angeles Zoo's new elephant habitat has garnered national attention. And no wonder. When Lily Tomlin proclaims "The word 'zoo' is elephant-speak for Guantanamo," the headlines practically write themselves. (Following Tomlin's lead, NBC Los Angeles...

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The Myth of the Wild

(171) Comments | Posted December 27, 2008 | 7:54 PM

My last post here, about the efforts by animal activists to halt construction of the Los Angeles Zoo's new elephant habitat, sparked more debate than anything I've previously written. As I've followed the firestorm of comments here and in other media outlets, I've been increasingly struck by...

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Zoo Is Not a Dirty Word

(209) Comments | Posted November 29, 2008 | 11:30 AM

A small, vocal group of animal activists in Los Angeles is mounting a campaign to halt construction on the new elephant exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo, and to send the Zoo's Asian bull elephant, Billy, to a sanctuary.

As a writer, I know the power of...

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Chimp Change: The Fate of Retired Apes

(2) Comments | Posted May 1, 2008 | 2:15 PM

Think your pension is in peril? It could be worse. You could be a chimpanzee.

Prompted by yet another dire report about the numbers of Americans facing poverty in retirement, I visited an online financial site to determine whether I'm fated to join their ranks. After...

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The Books Are Weeping

(7) Comments | Posted October 30, 2007 | 5:07 PM

It's every girl's fantasy to be locked in a shopping mall overnight, right?


When I was young, I fantasized about being accidentally locked inside the library after closing time. To have the entire library to myself for the night! To page through book after book after book...

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The Gorilla's Gotta Go

(11) Comments | Posted June 18, 2007 | 6:49 PM

Guys in gorilla suits can be really funny -- especially when they show up in unexpected places. So when a tuxedo-clad gorilla stomped onstage during last night's fifth season premiere of Last Comic Standing, I thought it was a great visual gag.

Then he opened his mouth.


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Animal Rights for Humans

(3) Comments | Posted June 8, 2007 | 2:22 PM

An Austrian court will soon decide whether a chimpanzee can be legally declared a person. The chimp in question, Hiasl (pronounced "HEE-zul"), made news when the sanctuary where he resides was facing bankruptcy. A concerned donor earmarked a modest sum to Hiasl. Schoolteacher Paula Stibbe petitioned the court to...

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Last Speller Standing

(7) Comments | Posted June 1, 2007 | 3:46 PM

Last night's live airing of the Scripps National Spelling Bee was perhaps the most gripping television I've seen in recent years. I didn't set out to watch it; the etymological Olympics weren't even remotely on my radar screen. My husband and stepson were flipping through channels and bemoaning the...

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