Critically-endangered mangabey receives specialised treatment for nasal congestion

Ziggy, a white-naped mangabey monkey, has successfully undergone specialised treatment after getting grass stuck up her nose.

White-naped mangabey Ziggy
Credit: Sheila Smith

The critically-endangered three and a half year old mangabey was suffering with epiphora and epistaxis which caused sneezing, nose bleeds and discharge from one of her eyes as a result of the problem.

After initial treatment by the Zoo’s vet team, they reached out for further expertise from specialists at the Royal Veterinary College’s Queen Mother Hospital for Animals (QMHA) to ensure all foreign bodies had been removed from her nasal cavity.

At the QMHA, Ziggy first underwent a CT scan, allowing vets to analyse her nose, before the QMH team, alongside vets and keepers from ZSL, performed surgery to remove any additional debris.

Following the operation, Ziggy’s nasal cavity was clear of any foreign bodies and she has now made a full recovery.

Nic Masters, Head of Veterinary Services at Zoological Society of London (ZSL) which runs ZSL London Zoo, said: “With more than 700 different species at ZSL London Zoo alone, the ZSL veterinary department is responsible for the healthcare of a huge diversity of patients. 

“Collaboration with institutes such as the Royal Veterinary College is vital so that we can pool our combined expertise, and specialist equipment to provide the very best care for the animals we look after. 

“We’ve worked with the RVC on a variety of different clinical cases over the years with brilliant results. Ziggy’s case was a great example of how beneficial these collaborations can be to the animals here.”

Gina Parkes, Head Medicine Nurse at the Queen Mother Hospital, said: “It was very exciting to work with such a beautiful species. The process of removing the debris via endoscopy was not a straight forward one, we had to try a variety of techniques but luckily the skill and perseverance of the team paid off. It was very gratifying to work alongside conservation experts and get the result that we did. We are delighted that we could help.”



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