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17 Feb Zoo’s Conservation & Science Staff Treats Gorilla Heart Disease with Plant-Strong Diet!

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Ami Mackey

Ami Mackey is the Curator of Creative Content at Engine 2. She is also a food coach at Engine 2 and has been plant-strong since 2011. When she isn't attending to all things Engine 2, she is the Program Director at St Louis All City Boxing a nonprofit youth program. She has earned certificates from eCornell in Plant-Based Nutrition & Fitness Nutrition from NASM.

  • Wendy (Healthy Girl's Kitchen)
    Posted at 06:07h, 18 February

    I had no idea that zoos fed animals processed food. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry! Did I miss something or did the narrator not mention anything about the implications of this for all humans? Or is this just so obvious that it doesn’t need to even be spoken?

    Thanks for sharing this!

  • Art Ross
    Posted at 16:53h, 18 February

    Great information in this study. When will you have the results of the follow up cardiac ultrasound and will you let us know through engine2diet.com?

  • GorillaFit
    Posted at 17:07h, 18 February

    ha ha looks like the gorilla read the Engine 2 Diet… which is why they are getting use to they are eating the new food. 🙂

  • Stephanie Weaver
    Posted at 15:28h, 19 February

    While this is a terrific story, and I’m really happy to see the progress being made, I think your headline is a bit misleading here. The gorillas weren’t eating any animal products before. They were eating a plant-based calorie-dense biscuit. So maybe you want to frame this as, “reducing processed foods helps gorillas.” I don’t mean to sound nit-picky, as it’s important work that they’re doing. Having worked at a zoo myself, I know how much they care about the animals, and the high quality of food they use. It’s another reminder that whole foods, real food, are best for us AND our primate cousins.

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