Here is a story that will interest young animal lovers and overlaps areas of healthcare for both humans and animals. If your Zoobooks reader is particularly captivated by the anatomy illustrations in Gorillas (pg 4-5) or wants to become a veterinarian, doctor or nurse, then this is a great article to nurture his or her curiosity. Below is a recap of the article, you can find the complete version at this link: Chicago Tribune.com.

Blood banks for humans were invented in Chicago in 1937 and blood banks for great apes started at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago in 2005. Now, great ape blood banks are being used to save the lives of gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees, and bonobos both in captivity and in the wild.

Great ape blood banks serve the same purpose as blood banks for humans. The banks stockpile a supply of blood for transfusions needed to treat illnesses and wounds. Scientists are still learning about the “types” of primate blood. They have more research to do to catch up to what is known about human blood.

New Issue Update:  Zoobooks Rhinos should be charging into your mailbox any day, and likewise, Zootles Animal Babies. Zoobies Elephants comes lumbering in the week of January 14th.

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