New wildlife studies help a multitude of species worldwide
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. So much so, that a number of wildlife researchers have called Morris Animal Foundation the National Institutes of Health for wildlife funding.
Support from Morris Animal Foundation fills a major void in funding for wildlife health. At our March Wildlife Scientific Advisory Board meeting this year, we committed to $1.9 million in funding for wildlife studies over the next three years. That includes more than $775,000 for 18 continuing studies and just over $1.1 million for 13 new studies.
These studies address a vast array of health issues that affect captive and free-range wild animals worldwide. Just a few of the issues that will be addressed are pneumonia that is killing off bighorn sheep; deadly infectious diseases that are wiping out species of amphibians and bats; environmental contaminants affecting ducks in Argentina, birds in North America and marine life in the Gulf of Mexico; pain management in raptors; reproductive issues in elephants; stress-related illnesses in captive cheetahs; and decreasing disease transmission rates for lions, rhinos and tigers living in the wild.
Posted by MAFon June 4, 2012. Permalink