Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Heart disease hits zoo gorillas

Gorillas in zoos around the nation, particularly males and those in their 20s and 30s, have been falling ill - and sometimes dying suddenly - of heart disease. The stunning deaths of otherwise healthy apes have zookeepers scrambling to understand what factors may be causing the illnesses and what might be done to save the 368 lowland gorillas that now reside in 52 zoos across North America. Ape experts have established the Gorilla Health Project, looking to track rates of heart disease and death among gorillas in captivity. Read the excellent article at Monkeys in the News.

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