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Scientists map primate electrocutions in Kenya
Black and white colobus monkeys, Skyes’ monkeys, vervet monkeys and baboons are common species in the area.

Findings could inform conservation efforts in high-risk areas 

Scientists have created a map of primate electrocutions in Diani, Kenya, to show where animals are most at risk from power lines.

The findings, published in the International Journal of Primatology, could help to inform conservation efforts in parts of the world where electrocutions are particularly common.

Electric shocks threaten a wide range of primate species around the world and this issue could become more problematic as humans increasingly dominate the landscape.

Researchers from the University of Bristol investigated electrocutions that occurred along power lines, which threaten five out of six primate species in Diani. Working with Colobus Conservation, they mapped 329 incidents.

Dr Katy Turner, a reader in infectious disease epidemiology, said: "Electrocution is an issue for many threatened primate species, yet the development of effective evidence-based mitigation strategies is limited.

"This study provides a framework for systematic spatial prioritisation of power lines that can be used to reduce primate electrocutions in Diani and other areas of the world where primates are at risk from electrocution."

Diani is a popular tourist town dominated by beach resorts. Over time it has encroached more and more on the habitats of many primate species, putting them at risk from roads and power lines.

Black and white colobus monkeys, Skyes’ monkeys, vervet monkeys and baboons are common species in the area. Whilst they have adapted to the human-dominated landscape, road traffic accidents and electrocutions are among the common causes of death.

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ZSL London Zoo shares animal X-rays

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 A selection of X-ray images showing the inner workings of frogs, turtles, snakes and geckos have been shared by veterinary surgeons at ZSL London Zoo.

Taken as part of a routine health check, the images have been shared as part of ‘Vets in Action’ week - a hand’s on role-playing experience for children that explores the life of a zoo vet.

ZSL London Zoo veterinary nurse Heather Mackintosh said: “It’s great to be able to share the work that goes on behind the scenes at the Zoo to keep our residents in tip-top condition – and our visitors are always amazed to find out more about their favourite animals.” 

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Vets in developing nations given free access to BSAVA’s online library

BSAVA has teamed up with the WSAVA, the WSAVA Foundation and FECAVA to offer vets in developing nations free access to its online library.

The Association’s ‘Foundation Collection’ is comprised of more than 70 hours of articles, lectures and book chapters covering topics such as basic handling skills, working on a budget and emergency triage. Some of the countries set to benefit include Albania, Georgia, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Tanzania.

Nicolette Hayward, of BSAVA International Affairs Committee said: “Our mission is to promote excellence in small animal practice through education and science, so we are delighted to work with WSAVA, the WSAVA Foundation and FECAVA to share these high-quality resources to the veterinary profession in low and middle-income countries.”