Veterinary Team at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo and AgPlus Diagnostics Collaborate On Innovative Method To Monitor Asian Elephants During Pregnancy

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The veterinary team at ZSL, a world leader in elephant conservation and science, are working with AgPlus Diagnostics Ltd to develop a specific, point of care immunoassay system capable of monitoring pregnancy in elephants on-site at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. In the first trial of its kind, the ZSL team together with scientists at AgPlus used the newly developed system to monitor the progesterone levels of Karishma, one of Whipsnade’s Asian elephants and part of the European Endangered species Programme (EEP), during her recent pregnancy prior to the birth of her calf Elizabeth.  If the trial is successful it is hoped that AgPlus will be able to provide ZSL (and other collections with breeding programs) customised, hand held, portable diagnostic systems for on-site measurements allowing tailored animal care as well as saving time and cost.

If you would like to help ZSL in their mission to protect endangered wildlife please contact: Sandra Crewe, Head of Corporate Partnerships, Zoological Society of London sandra.crewe@zsl.org

For more information on the AgPlus Progesterone Test and the Point of Care diagnostic platform please contact info@agplusdiagnostics.com