Yahoo! News: UC helps zoo's orangutan stay heart healthy

Students help design custom blood-pressure cuff for Cincinnati Zoo's great apes

WCPO highlighted the work of University of Cincinnati students who designed a 3D-printed adapter for great apes at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

Students in UC's College of Engineering and Applied Science and UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning collaborated on the adapter, which helps the zoo monitor the heart health of its great apes.

Three people in face masks pose next to a giraffe in the zoo's giraffe barn.

UC graduates Jack Buehler, left, Ben Merk and Andie Ticknor worked on a giraffe enrichment project before tackling the blood-pressure cuff adapter at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Photo/Provided

The zoo needed an adapter for the device to accommodate both the hulking arms of its western lowland silverback gorillas and the lanky arms of its orangutan.

WCPO's story was picked up by Yahoo! News.

Industrial design graduate Jack Buehler said the project was unusual.

“I did not come to UC as a designer thinking that I would work on a project with the zoo,” he told WCPO.

But he and fellow industrial design major Andie Ticknor and mechanical engineer Ben Merk worked together with the zoo to solve the unique problem.

Read the WCPO story.

Featured image at top: A male orangutan at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Photo/DJJAM/Cincinnati Zoo

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