Anthropozoonotic disease transmission to great apes is a critical conservation concern, and has raised ethical doubts regarding ape habituation. We monitored over a 3-year period clinical signs within a group of wild western gorillas (G. gorilla) undergoing habituation at Bai Hokou, Central African Republic. The majority of observations consisted of singular coughs and sneezes among the gorillas. These were the only clinical signs that significantly and positively increased over the years. No changes in the demography of the study group were observed. While clinical signs are not necessarily indicative of 'disease' or other health-related problems, we discuss how long-term records of clinical signs provide useful information when health monitoring, and the importance of the rigid application of preventive disease transmission protocols. Copyright © 2013 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Morton, F. B., Todd, A. F., Lee, P., & Masi, S. (2013). Observational monitoring of clinical signs during the last stage of habituation in a wild Western Gorilla Group at Bai Hokou, Central African Republic. Folia primatologica, 84(2), 118-133. https://doi.org/10.1159/000350916