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How Does Cancer Affect Wildlife?

May 25, 2017

When considering issues affecting wildlife health, cancer doesn’t immediately come to mind. However, cancer is a problem for many wild animals and poses unique challenges for wildlife biologists, veterinarians and conservationists.

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Dogs of the sea have a best friend in Morris Animal Foundation

April 6, 2017

With their sparkling personalities and legendary intelligence, bottlenose dolphins are one of the most beloved of all sea creatures (which accounts for their “dogs of the sea” nickname). But, like all marine animals, the health of dolphins is vulnerable to the effects of pollution, climate change and emerging diseases.

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A gift to make the planet a healthier home for wildlife

December 13, 2016

You don’t have to look very hard to find a story about environmental neglect and human health. The backstory to these reports is that caring for the environment and creating a healthier world will not only help us, but the cherished animals with whom we share the planet.

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Working to Preserve the World’s Coral

July 11, 2014

Coral reefs are some of the most beautiful, oldest and most diverse ecosystems on our planet, but they are dying throughout the world because of human impact. The reef- building corals in the Caribbean show the greatest signs of disease-related decline.

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From Cities to Jungles, We Are Set To Tackle Global Wildlife Health Concerns

June 5, 2014

Are environmental contaminants affecting the health of city-dwelling birds and the fish in our lakes, rivers and streams? Why are koalas getting cancers such as lymphoma and leukemia? What is causing the banded mongoose in Botswana’s Chobe National Park to die in record numbers? These are just a few of the wildlife health concerns that will be investigated this year by researchers receiving funding from Morris Animal Foundation.

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Fun Facts: Sea Lions

July 16, 2013

Whether floating together on the ocean’s surface, jumping out of the water like porpoises or “surfing” the breaking waves, sea lions know how to have fun. These lovable animals are one of the many species that Morris Animal Foundation is working to help. Here are a few fun facts about these marine mammals.

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Help Betty White Save Sea Lion Pups!

July 3, 2013

Known for their keen intelligence, playful natures and general adorableness, California sea lions have won their way into many an animal lover’s heart, including ours at Morris Animal Foundation. So when marine researchers at the National Marine Mammal Foundation in California informed us that more than 1,200 California sea lions, mostly young pups, had died suddenly this year, we knew we had to help.

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Selfless passion fuels the efforts of Morris Animal Foundation

June 6, 2013

When Cynthia Farrell turned 40, she wanted to use her birthday as an opportunity to fuel her passion for veterinary science and to honor two dogs with special places in her heart.

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From Bats to Elephants to Sea Lions: New Studies Will Help Species Worldwide

May 23, 2013

“There’s nobody else out there that provides veterinary wildlife dollars to the extent that Morris Animal Foundation does,” says Dr. Mark Stetter, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University and a former chair of Morris Animal Foundation’s Wildlife Scientific Advisory Board.

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To Our Donors...Thank You! [VIDEO]

November 22, 2012 MAF

Our supporters have made a huge impact on a lot of people and pets. From the bottom of all our hearts, thank you. Watch our 'Thank You' video here

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Save Halloween and Help Save the Bats!

October 17, 2012 MAF

Morris Animal Foundation is partnering with ZuPreem to help save bats from fatal disease

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A View From the Field: Chimps in Uganda

October 8, 2012 MAF

In recent years, infectious diseases have threatened the health of Africa’s endangered apes. Social interactions and behaviors may play a role in spreading disease among wild primates, but very few scientists have looked into these relationships.

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Research Improves Parrot Health

October 2, 2012 MAF

Most veterinarians are aware that Morris Animal Foundation funds research to improve canine and feline health. But you may not realize that we also invest in projects that benefit exotic pets, including amphibians, reptiles and birds. One of the most popular common exotic pets found in homes are parrots, a species Morris Animal Foundation has been instrumental in helping throughout the years.

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Researchers Identify Conservation Method for Coral

August 20, 2012 MAF

Coral reefs are some of the most beautiful, oldest and most diverse ecosystems on our planet, but they are dying throughout the world because of human impact. The reef- building corals in the Caribbean show the greatest signs of disease-related decline.

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Morris Animal Foundation Celebrates National Zookeeper Week

July 20, 2012 MAF

National Zookeepers Week is July 15-20 and zoos across the country are celebrating it in a variety of different ways. The week is dedicated to honoring the approximately 7,000 animal care professionals across the country and the work they do in animal care, conservation and education.

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Fighting for America’s National Bird

July 4, 2012 MAF

In a past Morris Animal Foundation-funded study at the Wildlife Center of Virginia, researchers showed that sevoflurane is safer and more effective than isoflurane in anesthetizing bald eagles.

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Researchers Study Impact of Environment and Stress on Cheetah Health

July 3, 2012 MAF

Captive cheetah populations worldwide are plagued by debilitating diseases and infertility, conditions that are rare in wild cheetahs. Although these condtions were originally thought to be associated with the lack of genetic diversity in captive animals, mounting evidence indicates that chronic stress in response to aspects of the captive environment alters the cheetah’s immune system.

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New wildlife studies help a multitude of species worldwide

June 4, 2012 MAF

Part of Morris Animal Foundation’s unique contribution to animal health is that our mission includes helping wildlife. And not only do we fund wildlife health research, but the Foundation is often the only source of funding for wildlife scientists.

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Parasite Control in Giraffes

March 19, 2012 MAF

Captive giraffes are highly susceptible to parasitic infections that cause weight loss, lethargy and even death. Treatment to prevent parasites has caused some animals to develop resistance to medications, likely because of improper dosing.

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Identifying patterns of movement

February 17, 2012

Fellow works to prevent parasite outbreaks that kill sea otters

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