Science Café Cleveland presents
"Gorilla Health: Getting to the Heart of the Matter"
AUGUST 12, 2013
More than 850 western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) live in zoos around the world. The Gorilla Species Survival Plan (SSP) is a program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) dedicated to the sustainability and care of the 342 gorillas living in 50 zoos across North America. Heart disease affects many gorillas and is a significant cause of death of male gorillas in zoos. Come join Cleveland Metroparks Zoo staff scientists Kristen Lukas, Pam Dennis, and Elena Less this Science Café Cleveland in discussion “Gorilla Health: Getting to the Heart of the Matter.” Together they collaborate on gorilla health and behavior research to identify potential risk factors for heart disease and improve the overall health and welfare of zoo-housed gorillas. As Chair of the Gorilla SSP, Veterinary Advisor to the Gorilla SSP, and Research Advisor to the Gorilla SSP, Drs. Lukas, Dennis, and Less (respectively) are uniquely positioned to apply lessons learned to the management of the gorillas in North American zoos and across the globe.
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