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Wild Animal Health Fund Research Grants

Through The Wild Animal Health Fund, critical research and studies are performed to optimize the health, welfare and conservation of zoo animals and wildlife.

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Proposals Accepted for Funding in 2018

1.    Cutaneous Nannizziopsis guarroi in Companion Lizards: An Epidemiologic Approach Using Quantitative PCR to Describe the Effect of Age, Species, Sex, and Location on Disease

P.I.: Krista Keller, DVM, Dipl. ACZM
Co-P.I. Matt Allender, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACZM, PhD
Location: University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Urbana, Illinois

2.    Developing diagnostic tools to characterize African tree pangolin growth and development, implications for species conservation and health assessments

P.I.: Copper Aitken-Palmer, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACZM

Co-P.I.: Michael Adkesson, DVM, Dipl. ACZM, Dipl. ECZM
Co-P.I.: Jimmy Johnson, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACZM
Location: Chicago Zoological Society & Columbus Zoo

3.    Improving the Management of Chronic Respiratory Disease in Captive Bornean Orangutans (Pongo Pygmaeus) Utilizing Cystic Fibrosis Therapies In an Orangutan Rehabilitation Program In East Kalimantan, Indonesia

P.I.: Nancy Lung, VMD, MS
Co-P.I.: Agnes Pratamiutaminingsih, DVM
Co-P.I.: Fransiska Sulistyo, DVM, MVS
Co-P.I.: Jennifer Taylor-Cousar, MD, MSCS
Location: The Bornean Orangutan Survival Foundation, Borneo

4.    Investigation of the use of biochemical markers for cardiac disease in marine mammals

P.I.: Melissa Joblon, DVM
Co-P.I.: Jennifer Flower, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACZM
Location: Mystic Aquarium, Connecticut

5.    Immunogenicity of an orally administered microencapsulated anthrax vaccine for use in wildlife

P.I.: Jamie Benn, PhD Candidate
Co-P.I.: Walter Cook, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVPM
Co-P.I.: Allison Rice-Ficht, PhD
Location: Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine

6.    Disease risk assessment of the EEP (European Endangered Species Programme) Pink Pigeon (Nesoenas mayeri) population for reintroduction to Mauritius

P.I.: Sara Shopland, BVSc, Dipl. ECZM
Co-P.I.: Michelle Barrows, BVSc, Dipl. ECZM
Location: Various zoos throughout Europe; Wild Place Project, Bristol, England; Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Jersey

7.    Surveying native wildlife for a newly-discovered lethal pathogen carried by invasive cane toads in Australia

P.I.: Catherin Shilton, DVM, DVSc
Co-P.I.: Gregory Brown, PhD, MSc
Location: University of Sydney's Tropical Ecology Research Facility, Fogg Dam, Australia (Northern Territory)

8.    Identification and Characterization of Antibiotic Resistance Genes in the Microbiome of Wild Seabirds in two Oceanic Islands, Brazil

P.I.: Ana C. Ewbank, DVM, MSc, PhD candidate
Co-P.I.: José Luiz Catão-Dias, DVM, MSc, PhD
Location: University of São Paulo, Brazil; Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Technology, Madrid, Spain

9.    Comparison of lactate measurements in Quaker parrots (Myopsitta monachus) via three different analyzers

P.I.: Brian Jochems, DVM
Co-P.I.: J. Jill Heatley, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACZM, Dipl. AVBP
Co-P.I.: Karen Russell, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVP
Location: Texas A&M AgriLife Research, College Station, Texas

10.  Health status and welfare of translocated Bolivian river dolphins (Inia boliviensis) experiencing high anthropogenic disturbances

P.I.: Ellen Bronson, med. vet., Dipl. ACZM
Co-P.I.: Sharon Deem, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACZM
Co-P.I.: Paulo Colchao Claux, BMVZ
Co-P.I.: Claudia Venegas Cuzmar, Lic
Location: Maryland Zoo; La Pistola Lake, Bolivia

11.  West Nile virus seroconversion in Loggerhead Shrike after vaccination with a killed virus vaccine with application for developing a vaccine protocol for captive-bred and wild-caught shrike

P.I.: Kerry Schutten, DVM
Co-P.I.: Amy Chabot, PhD
Co-P.I.: Hazel Wheeler, MSc
Location: The African Lion Safari, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

12.  The relationship between microbiomes, pathogens, and host condition in free-ranging African buffalo (Syncerus caffer)

P.I.: Claire Couch, PhD candidate 
Co-P.I.: Brianna Beechler, PhD, DVM
Location: Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

13.    The development and comparison of a portable novel tuberculosis RT-qPCR assay to the new generation Xpert MTB/RIF Ultra assay as a point of care diagnostic test for tuberculosis in African Elephants (Loxodonta africana

P.I.: Wynand Goosen, MSc, PhD
Co-P.I.: Michele Miller, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ECZM
Location: Kruger National Park, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa


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