Epilepsy in Bolivian Black-capped squirrel monkeys Saimiri boliviensis at ZSL London Zoo: management and implications for captive-breeding programme

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Squirrel monkeys (genus Saimiri) are species commonly kept in captivity in zoological collections. Fainting related to hypoglycaemia has been reported, and fits/seizures have also been observed relatively frequently in captive squirrel monkeys. However, as far as the authors are aware, there are no published reports of epilepsy in squirrel monkeys. Here we describe several cases of idiopathic epilepsy affecting related ♂ Bolivian Black-capped squirrel monkeys Saimiri boliviensis at ZSL London Zoo, the management of the cases and the possible implications for the captive-breeding programme.

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