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Zoos offer free training on great ape cardiac monitoring

Cameron Park Zoo in Texas and Zoo Atlanta were among the first in the world to persuade great apes to submit to blood pressure tests, blood draws and echocardiograms, and the zoos now offer free training for other professionals as part of Zoo Atlanta's Great Ape Heart Project. "Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in great apes," said Terri Cox, Cameron's curator of programs and exhibits.

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