Our Work With Wildlife

Some of Our Wildlife Studies

From Around The World

Wildlife Studies

Veterinary Advances for Wildlife

Since 1965, we have invested $24 million in more than 600 wildlife health studies. We’ve contributed to improved reproduction strategies for endangered species, identified the impact of environmental toxins on wildlife, and established in-the-field medical care for the mountain gorillas of Rwanda. We also fight wildlife health crises, with support from our Betty White Wildlife Rapid Response Fund.

Developing an Early Pregnancy Test for Species Conservation

Researchers will investigate an early indicator of pregnancy and use this new information to develop a pregnancy test for African lions, dama gazelle and maned wolf. This new test could be adapted for use in other species and will enhance assisted-reproductive techniques for vulnerable and endangered animals, critical for wildlife welfare and conservation.

Wildlife around our planet have suffered great losses over the past 40 years; in fact, animal populations have fallen on average by 52% since 1970. Habitat destruction, poaching and climate change are contributing to this decline, as are established, emerging and re-emerging diseases. But, Morris Animal Foundation is fighting back.

629
Wildlife Studies Funded
20,000
Species Helped By Our Research

Researchers Find California Sea Lions with Greater Genetic Diversity are More Susceptible to Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is a deadly bacterial disease that affects a wide variety of animals, including marine mammals. In sea lions, it can cause dysfunction of the kidneys and liver, which results in dehydration, vomiting, stranding and death. Morris Animal Foundation-funded researchers have shown that California sea lions with more genetic diversity are less likely to recover from leptospirosis.

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