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Researching Ape Heart Health

Atlanta's Zoo Leads Research on Ape Hearts
Science News by NewsLook

Heart disease is a leading killer of great apes in captivity. Atlanta’s zoo is home to the Great Ape Heart Project, which is dedicated to understanding, diagnosing and treating heart disease in the four types of great apes. Photo Credit: __Wichid__ via Flickr.

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9:56PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

stress kills everything

8:28PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

this needs research????????

1:37AM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

Do the ones in the wild also have these health conditions?

12:54AM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

Not really surprising given their circumstances. Do apes in the wild have this problem or is it only those imprisoned?

10:33PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

I wonder if its the processed food they are feeling them. We know it kills humans, and it seems like our pets are having more health problems because of it.

8:44PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

I believe it is because they are confined & kept out of their natural environment.

8:33PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

Un-natural lifestyle.

5:36PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

It's about time we've started using great apes for research to help...great apes. Usually you only hear about horrific experiments on these amazing animals to supposedly benefit humans.

5:33PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

Simple! It's because they're sitting around doing nothing when they should be swinging through the trees. That and the heartbreak of knowing that they're in captivity with never any chance of parole for a crime they didn't do.

4:43PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

make sense, in nature they can eat what they want and can constantly be moving and hang out when they want to. mammals in zoos either looks like they are going stir-crazy and dont know what to do with themselves, or they look like they get lazy because they know they dont have to worry about food or other forms of survival

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