Echocardiograms help zoos understand cardiac disease in chimpanzees

As part of the Great Ape Heart Project, veterinarians from the Chattanooga Zoo and the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine worked with a physician to conduct an echocardiogram and other tests on two of the zoo’s chimpanzees. The project aims to determine the reason why captive apes develop heart disease, the most common source of mortality in captive chimps as well as orangutans and gorillas. Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.) (3/18)

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