Twycross Zoo - Follow Your Heart

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Twycross Zoo is a registered charity (number 501841) which exists to support conservation, education and research.


  1. Atencia R, Stöhr EJ, Drane AL, Stembridge M, Howatson G, Del Rio PRL, Feltrer Y, Tafon B, Redrobe S, Peck B, Eng J, Unwin S, Sanchez CR, Shave, RE. (2017). Heart rate and indirect blood pressure responses to four different field anesthetic protocols in wild-born captive chimpanzes (Pan Troglodytes). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 48(3): 636-644.
  2. Baiker, K., Strong, V., Moittie, S., Redrobe, S., Macdonald, C., Liptovszky, M., Cobb, M. and White, K. (2018). New Insights into the Pathogenesis of Idiopathic Cardiac Fibrosis in European Captive Chimps. Journal of Comparative Pathology, 158, p.112.
  3. Martin, M. (2018) Echocardiography and ECG protocols for the Ape Heart project. Presented at the Veterinary Cardivascular Society Autumn Meeting 2018
  4. Shave, R., Oxborough, D., Somauroo, J., Feltrer, Y., Strike, T., Routh, A., Chapman, S., Redrobe, S., Thompson, L., Unwin, S., Sayers, G. Murphy, H., Rapoport, G. Stohr, E. (2014). Echocardiographic assessment of cardiac structure and function in great apes: a practical guide. Int Zoo Yb, 48(1), 218-233.
  5. Strong, V. J. (2018) Getting to the heart of the matter: an investigation into great ape cardiovascular disease. Presented at Veterinary Cardivascular Society Autumn Meeting 2018.
  6. Strong, V. J. (2018) So what becomes of the broken (ape) heart? Presented at Veterinary Cardivascular Society Autumn Meeting 2018.
  7. Strong, V. J., Martin, M., Redrobe, S., White, K. & Baiker, K. (2018): A retrospective review of great ape cardiovascular disease epidemiology and pathology. International Zoo Yearbook 52.
  8. Strong, V., Möller, T., Tillman, A.S., Träff, S., Guevara, L., Martin, M., Redrobe, S. and White, K., (2018). A clinical study to evaluate the cardiopulmonary characteristics of two different anaesthetic protocols (tiletamine/zolazepam+/-medetomidine) and to evaluate their suitability for the immobilisation of healthy chimpanzees. Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia.
  9. Strong, V. J., Sheppard, M. N., Redrobe, S. & Baiker, K. (2018) Guidelines for consistent cardiovascular post-mortem examination, sampling and reporting of lesions in European zoo-housed great apes. International Zoo Yearbook
  10. Turner, M.B., Liptovszky, M., White, K.L (2018) A retrospective evaluation of anaesthetic morbidity and mortality in a captive Gibbon collection. Abstract presented at the spring meeting of the Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists, Grenada, West Indies 2018.
  11. Moittie, S., (2018) A bone of contention: os cordis or pathological feature in the chimpanzee heart. British Veterinary Zoological Society Conference.
  12. Liptovsky, M., (2018) Hand injection ca improve anaesthesia in non-human primates. British Veterinary Zoological Society Conference.
  13. Moittie, S., Baiker, K., Strong, V., White, K., Liptovszky, M., Redrobe, S., Alibhai, A., Sturrock, C., Rutland, C. (2018) A bone of contention: os cordis or pathological feature in the chimpanzee heart. European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians (EAZW) conference, Prague.
  14. Discovery of os cordis in the cardiac skeleton of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)
    Moittié, S.Baiker, K.Strong, V., Cousins E, White K, Liptovszky M, Redrobe S, Alibhai A, Sturrock, C.J.Rutland, C.S.
    Scientific Reports
    , 2020, 10(1), 9417
  15. Non-Infectious, Necrotizing and Granulomatous Aortitis in a Female Gorilla
    Moittié, S.N Sheppard, M.Thiele, T.Baiker, K.
    Journal of Comparative Pathology, 2020, 181, pp. 7-12
  16. Comparison of 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentration in chimpanzee dried blood spots and serum
    Moittié, S.Graham, P.A.Barlow, N., Dobbs P, Liptovszky M, Redrobe, S.White, K.
    Veterinary Clinical Pathology
    , 2020, 49(2), pp. 299-306
  17. Idiopathic Myocardial Fibrosis in Captive Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)
    Strong, V.Moittié, S.Sheppard, M.N., Liptovszky M, White K, Redrobe S, Cobb, M.Baiker, K.
    Veterinary Pathology, 2020, 57(1), pp. 183-191