Abstract # 3223 Poster # 110:

Scheduled for Saturday, September 17, 2011 07:00 PM-09:00 PM: Session 14 (Salon G (Sixth Floor)) Poster Presentation


THE GREAT APE HEART PROJECT: AN IMLS FUNDED INITIATIVE TO ADDRESS HEART DISEASE IN CAPTIVE GREAT APES

M. Dindo1, R. McManamon2, L. Lowenstine3, P. Dennis4 and H. Murphy1
1Zoo Atlanta, Decatur, GA 30033, USA, 2University of Georgia, 3University of California Davis, 4Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
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Great apes [gorillas (Gorilla gorilla), orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus, P. abelli), chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), and bonobos (Pan paniscus)] are charismatic species that draw the public to visit zoos. Zoos as living museums must provide optimal care for the health and welfare of animals in their collections. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been identified as a major cause of death in great apes; however, underlying causes are poorly understood. Likewise there is incomplete understanding of how to diagnose, treat and monitor affected apes and how to adapt, for apes, techniques used to address heart disease in humans and domestic animals. The goal of the great ape heart project (GAHP) is to design an innovative and coordinated national program to investigate ape CVD and establish uniform, state of the art, cardiac diagnosis, treatment and prevention strategies for great ape CVD. In order to accomplish this goal, the project is bringing together a targeted audience, with adequate funding to ensure that critical partners, stakeholders and collaborators can participate in active planning and breakout sessions to establish specific action plans. This innovative and forward-thinking effort will bring together essential stakeholders from a wide range of disciplines and communities, to develop a timely and coordinated plan to address a critical health need for the great apes.