Zoo Atlanta hosts an international conservation contingent - CBS46 News

Zoo Atlanta hosts an international conservation contingent

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More than 160 experts have converged on Atlanta for this week's International Gorilla Workshop. The meeting brings together veterinarians, researchers and curators for the purpose of expanding the global population of the gorilla.  

Zoo Atlanta says right now, there are only 900 mountain gorillas left on the planet. And the work taking place at this week's conference allows for unique collaboration that helps spread ideas and share conservation techniques that get results in other zoos around the nation and the world.

Zoo Atlanta is home to the nation's largest collection of western lowland gorillas. The zoo is also home to the Great Ape Heart Project, which is the world's first collaborative effort to treat heart disease in all four species of great apes.

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