Our Work With Wildlife

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.

Pneumonia Breakthrough for Bighorn Sheep

Infectious pneumonia is responsible for the dramatic decline of bighorn sheep in western North America. Researchers discovered that older herd members remained persistently infected, leading to infection and death in lambs. The team also developed disease models to test new prevention strategies; one strategy is showing improvements in lamb survival and may lead to a management solution that helps infected herds.

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

Ultrasound for Dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins are susceptible to metabolic syndrome and associated complications that affect the liver, including fatty liver disease and iron overload. Researchers established an in-water ultrasound technique for diagnosis and noninvasive evaluation of the dolphin liver, as well as identified ultrasound changes associated with these diseases.

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