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Cardiac Monitors Implanted in Six Zoo-Housed Great Apes With Progressive Heart Disease

September 30, 2022

Six zoo-housed great apes (two orangutans, two gorillas, and, in a world's first, two bonobos) with progressive heart disease were implanted with cardiac monitors. The veterinarian team at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium was joined by professionals from the Great Ape Heart Project and a cardiologist and an anesthesiologist that usually work with humans, to implant the monitors. By monitoring the cardiac activity of the animals, the zoo veterinarians can quickly intervene if any abnormalities are detected.

Older News (2016 - 2019)

Chester Zoo's Elephant Calf Makes Groundbreaking Recovery from Deadly Virus!

June 11, 2019

Thanks to the fantastic work of Chester Zoo's team and intensive research in partnership with other institutions, an elephant calf has recovered from a deadly virus that affects Asian elephants worldwide. New hope for the conservation of this endangered species!

Contraceptive Guidelines for Cervids and Tragulids

January 14, 2018

EGZAC has recently released the guidelines on contraception for Cervidae and Tragulidae.

Photo: Chester Zoo

New EAZA Best Practice Guidelines for Babirusa

January 10, 2018

Do you have a soft spot for wild suids? Good news for you then... The EAZA Best Practice Guidelines for the babirusa are now available!

EGZAC: Promoting Knowledge on Contraception in Captive Wildlife

January 02, 2018

Animal contraception is an important part of zoo management. The EAZA Group on Zoo Animal Contraception (EGZAC), based at Chester Zoo, is responsible for gathering knowledge on contraception in captive wildlife and producing contraceptive guidelines for individual European zoos.

Applied Science Helps Cleveland Mertroparks Zoo Keeping their Gorillas Happy!

November 10, 2017

Science is a vital part of a zoo's everyday routine... When one of the two Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's gorillas was left alone, after his companion died, zoo staff started monitoring his behaviour and physiology, to determine how he was coping with his new social status. When they found his welfare was compromised in this new social environment, the zoo brought in female companions for this male gorilla... A few months later, and after a normal introduction period, the gorillas are settling in well, and the male gorilla's welfare has again improved!

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