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DENVER/July 11, 2017 – Morris Animal Foundation announces 11 newly funded studies to advance the health of wildlife species around the world. The studies cover a diverse set of critical health challenges from tuberculosis and lead exposure, to vaccine strategies and assessing chronic stress.

Through the grants, totaling $775,866, the Foundation is supporting research teams at 11 institutions including The Peregrine Fund, Baylor College of Medicine, and the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Wildlife studies funded for 2017 are:

  • Saving Ridgway’s hawks from extinction (The Peregrine Fund)
  • Developing a vaccine strategy for a lethal disease in young elephants (Baylor College of Medicine)
  • Investigating lead exposure and health impact in urban birds (Tulane University)
  • Controlling mange epidemics in endangered San Joaquin kit foxes ( California State University, Stanislaus)
  • Managing tuberculosis in wildlife (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  • Investigating heart disease risk in southern sea otters (University of California, Davis)
  • Ensuring long-term survival of endangered cranes (Smithsonian Institution)
  • Saving Mongolian wildlife from goat plague epidemic (Wildlife Conservation Society)
  • Assessing chronic stress in porpoises (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
  • Understanding stingray reproductive disease (South-East Zoo Alliance for Reproduction & Conservation)
  • Identifying an early pregnancy test for species conservation (North Dakota State University)

“Animals around the world are facing not only established health challenges, such as tuberculosis, but new and emerging diseases and environmental conditions that pose serious threats to their health,” said Barbara Wolfe, DVM, PhD, DACZM, Chief Scientific Officer at Morris Animal Foundation. “Wildlife researchers endure difficult conditions and increasing challenges to make a difference for the health of these spectacular species. These dedicated scientists are among the most talented in the world, and we are honored to support their important work.”

The Foundation’s Wildlife Scientific Advisory Board reviewed 168 submitted grant applications and selected, based on scientific merit and impact, the studies with the greatest potential to save lives and species, preserve health, and advance veterinary care.

About Morris Animal Foundation

Morris Animal Foundation is a global leader in funding scientific studies that advance the health of companion animals, horses and wildlife. Since its founding in 1948, the Foundation has invested more than $113 million toward 2,500 studies that have led to significant breakthroughs in diagnostics, treatments and preventions to benefit animals worldwide. Learn more at Morris Animal Foundation.