A recent study has discovered that a large number of chimps in Europe have low vitamin D levels, which might have a severe impact on their health.

The study, which is the largest of its kind, is published in the journal Scientific Reports

The authors say this research will help improve care and nutrition practices in these endangered animals.

Vitamin D deficiency is described by some as a pandemic, thought to affect up to 1 billion people worldwide.

Vitamin D is well-known for its importance in maintaining calcium levels in the body, which is essential to the functioning of bones and muscles.

However, vitamin D has a much wider range of biological functions, and prolonged vitamin D deficiency has been associated with a variety of disorders in humans

such as heart diseases, cancers, autoimmune diseases, and respiratory infections.

Comparatively little is known about vitamin D in non-human primates. An international team of experts, including academics at the Universities of Nottingham, Birmingham, St George’s and Hong Kong

as well as zoo veterinarians from Twycross and Perth zoos, have set up a Europe-wide research project to investigate this in our closest animal relatives.