Solving Zoo Animal and Wildlife Health


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Zoo and wildlife veterinarians are solving wildlife health issues

The world's animals are facing mass extinctions. Ecosystems are collapsing. Diseases affecting both animals and humans are emerging at an alarming rate. The answer to this problem is: solving wildlife health issues. The Wild Animal Health Fund is here to stop extinction for zoo animals and wildlife.

Zoo and wildlife veterinarians worldwide are doing all they can to understand, diagnose, prevent, and treat diseases. They study things like: 

  • Reproduction and lifesaving measures for endangered species.
  • Ways to improve the health and welfare of zoo animals and wildlife.
  • Ways to improve current pain management and make exams as minimally invasive as possible.

The Wild Animal Health Fund is the resource for the critical work and our supporters are the backbone.

100% of annual donated dollars goes to research, never administrative costs or overhead.

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Scientific Innovation

Most species of penguins evolved in colder climates, and as a result, they don’t have good immunity to diseases carried by insects. While some penguins live in climates warm enough to support insects, the West Nile virus is posing a threat. In a funded study, zoo and wildlife veterinarians worked out a protocol to vaccinate adult female penguins to optimize their chicks’ resistance to the West Nile virus.

It's studies like this one that brings new research to better the lives of species around the world.  Learn about other research projects that are making a difference.

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Strengthening Immunities

See Where Your Donation Goes

Your donations to the Wild Animal Health Fund go toward saving zoo animals and wildlife by supporting research projects conducted by zoo and wildlife veterinarians all over the world. The Wild Animal Health Fund is unique because your donations do not go to any operations.

Donations have supported Dr. Sonia Hernandez in her research on the effects of urbanization on the White Ibis. This research studied how the changing behavior of the White Ibis affects other birds, humans, and local parks, as well as infectious bird diseases.

To learn more about the projects that donations to the Wild Animal Health Fund have supported, visit Animals.