Searching for knowledge will stop extinction in its tracks

Below you will find the 2019 approved and funded projects of the Wild Animal Health Fund.

Investigating the genomic diversity of Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola, a fungal pathogen infecting free-ranging and managed snake populations

P.I.: Matthew Allender, DVM, Dipl. ACZM

Co-P.I.: Ellen Haynes, DVM, PhD

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Characterization of Fungal Conidial Adherence to Extracellular Matrix Components and Its Association with Fungal Secreted Proteases in Bat White-nose Syndrome

P.I. Michael Kevin Keel, DVM, PhD, DACVP

Co-P.I. Piyaporn Eiamcharoen, DVM

University of California Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine

Assessing the health of the critically endangered Eastern Santa Cruz Galapagos tortoise (Chelonoidis donfaustoi)

P.I.: Sharon L. Deem, DVM, PhD, DACZM

Co-P.I.: Ainoa Nieto Claudin, DVM, PhD; Kathleen Apakupakul, MS, MA.

Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador; Animal Health Investigation Dept., Madrid, Spain

Pharmacokinetics of trazodonein the domestic goat (Capra hircus) as a model for wild ruminants

P.I.: Marion Desmarchelier, DVM, Dipl. ACZM, dipl. ECZM

Co-P.I.: Francis Beaudry, PhD

University of Montreal; Granby Zoo, QC

Comparison of fatty acid profiles and adipokine levels between a wild population and a captive population of critically endangered Vancouver Island Marmot (Marmota vancouverensis)

P.I.: Jessica Aymen, DVM, IPSAV; DVSc

Co-P.I.: Pauline Delnatte, DVM, IPSAV, DVSc, Dipl. ACZM, Dipl. ECZM

Toronto Zoo; University of Guelph; Tony Barrett Mt Washington Breeding Ctr.; Calgary Zoo; Marmot Recovery Foundation, BC, Canada

Investigating an alternative to ultra-potent opioid combinations for anesthesia of Przewalski’s horses using butorphanol-azaparone-medetomidine-ketamine

P.I.: Ellie Milnes, MA, VetMB, DVSc

Co-P.I.: Christopher Dutton BSc, BVSc, MSc, DipACZM, DipECZM (ZHM)

Toronto Zoo, Ontario, Canada

Pharmacokinetics of a Single Oral Dose of Phenylbutazone in Southern White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum)

P.I.: Emma Houck, DVM

Co-P.I.: Katie Delk, DVM, DACZM; Mark Papich DVM, Dipl ACVCP

North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina Zoo


Nutritional Evaluation of Native Plants of Papua New Guinea Consumed by Matschie’s Tree Kangaroo (Dendrolagus matschiei)

P.I.: Ellen Dierenfeld, PhD

Co-P.I.: Marisa Bezjian, DVM; Lisa Dabek, PhD

Papua New Guinea; Zooquarius, NY; Washington State University, WA


Rapid mycobacterial DNA detection and the enhanced growth of tuberculosis from African rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis, Ceratotherium simum) bronchioalveolar lavage and tissue samples

P.I.: Wynand J. Goosen, PhD

Co-P.I.: Michele Miller, DVM, Dipl ECZM, PhD

University of Stellenbosch, So. Africa


Holistic Evaluation of Leatherback Health Including Nesting Females, Nests, Embryos, and Dead in Nest Hatchlings in St. Croix, USVI

P.I.: Kimberly M. Stewart, DVM, PhD

Co-P.I.: Michelle Dennis, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVP

St. Croix, US Virgin Islands; Ross University, University of Miami, FL; Mystic Aquarium, CT; University of Penn, PA


Investigation into the physiological response of flapper skate (Dipturus intermedius) to capture and surgical implantation of acoustic tags in Scotland

P.I.: Georgina Cole, BVetMed MSc MRCVS

Co-P.I.: Simon Girling, BVMS, Dipl ECZM, FRCVS

Edinburgh Zoo, UK


Comprehensive Health Assessment Including Multi-Pathogen Surveillance in a Population of the Federally Threatened Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus)

P.I.: Laura Adamovicz, DVM, PhD

Co-P.I.: Matthew C. Allender, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACZM

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Influence of herd size and animal transfers in shedding frequency of elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus in Asian elephants (Elephas maximus)

P.I.: Jennifer D’Agostino, DVM, Dipl. ACZM

Co-P.I.: Erin Latimer, MS

Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden


Prevalence and magnitude of plastic ingestion (macro, meso and microplastics) and exposure to plasticizers (phthalates) in seabirds in southeast Brazil

P.I.: Ralph E. T. Vanstreels, DVM, PhD

Co-P.I.: Luciana Gallo, PhD

Instituto de Pesquisa e Reabilitação de Animais Marinhos


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