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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 2019

Investigating the genomic diversity of Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola, a fungal pathogen infecting free-ranging and managed snake populations

P.I.: Matthew Allender, DVM, Dipl. ACZM
Co-P.I.: Ellen Haynes, DVM, PhD
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Characterization of Fungal Conidial Adherence to Extracellular Matrix Components and Its Association with Fungal Secreted Proteases in Bat White-nose Syndrome

P.I. Michael Kevin Keel, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Co-P.I. Piyaporn Eiamcharoen, DVM
University of California Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine

Assessing the health of the critically endangered Eastern Santa Cruz Galapagos tortoise (Chelonoidis donfaustoi)

P.I.: Sharon L. Deem, DVM, PhD, DACZM
Co-P.I.: Ainoa Nieto Claudin, DVM, PhD; Kathleen Apakupakul, MS, MA.
Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador; Animal Health Investigation Dept., Madrid, Spain

Pharmacokinetics of trazodonein the domestic goat (Capra hircus) as a model for wild ruminants

P.I.: Marion Desmarchelier, DVM, Dipl. ACZM, dipl. ECZM
Co-P.I.: Francis Beaudry, PhD
University of Montreal; Granby Zoo, QC

Comparison of fatty acid profiles and adipokine levels between a wild population and a captive population of critically endangered Vancouver Island Marmot (Marmota vancouverensis)

P.I.: Jessica Aymen, DVM, IPSAV; DVSc
Co-P.I.: Pauline Delnatte, DVM, IPSAV, DVSc, Dipl. ACZM, Dipl. ECZM
Toronto Zoo; University of Guelph; Tony Barrett Mt Washington Breeding Ctr.; Calgary Zoo; Marmot Recovery Foundation, BC, Canada

Investigating an alternative to ultra-potent opioid combinations for anesthesia of
Przewalski’s horses using butorphanol-azaparone-medetomidine-ketamine

P.I.: Ellie Milnes, MA, VetMB, DVSc
Co-P.I.: Christopher Dutton BSc, BVSc, MSc, DipACZM, DipECZM (ZHM)
Toronto Zoo, Ontario, Canada

Pharmacokinetics of a Single Oral Dose of Phenylbutazone in Southern White
Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum)

P.I.: Emma Houck, DVM
Co-P.I.: Katie Delk, DVM, DACZM; Mark Papich DVM, Dipl ACVCP
North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina Zoo

Nutritional Evaluation of Native Plants of Papua New Guinea Consumed by Matschie’s Tree Kangaroo (Dendrolagus matschiei)

P.I.: Ellen Dierenfeld, PhD
Co-P.I.: Marisa Bezjian, DVM; Lisa Dabek, PhD
Papua New Guinea; Zooquarius, NY; Washington State University, WA

Rapid mycobacterial DNA detection and the enhanced growth of tuberculosis from African rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis, Ceratotherium simum) bronchioalveolar lavage and tissue samples

P.I.: Wynand J. Goosen, PhD
Co-P.I.: Michele Miller, DVM, Dipl ECZM, PhD
University of Stellenbosch, So. Africa

Holistic Evaluation of Leatherback Health Including Nesting Females, Nests, Embryos, and Dead in Nest Hatchlings in St. Croix, USVI

P.I.: Kimberly M. Stewart, DVM, PhD
Co-P.I.: Michelle Dennis, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVP
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands; Ross University, University of Miami, FL; Mystic Aquarium, CT; University of Penn, PA

Investigation into the physiological response of flapper skate (Dipturus
intermedius) to capture and surgical implantation of acoustic tags in Scotland

P.I.: Georgina Cole, BVetMed MSc MRCVS
Co-P.I.: Simon Girling, BVMS, Dipl ECZM, FRCVS
Edinburgh Zoo, UK

Comprehensive Health Assessment Including Multi-Pathogen Surveillance in a Population of the Federally Threatened Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus)

P.I.: Laura Adamovicz, DVM, PhD
Co-P.I.: Matthew C. Allender, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACZM
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Influence of herd size and animal transfers in shedding frequency of elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus in Asian elephants (Elephas maximus)

P.I.: Jennifer D’Agostino, DVM, Dipl. ACZM
Co-P.I.: Erin Latimer, MS
Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden

Prevalence and magnitude of plastic ingestion (macro, meso and microplastics) and exposure to plasticizers (phthalates) in seabirds in southeast Brazil

P.I.: Ralph E. T. Vanstreels, DVM, PhD
Co-P.I.: Luciana Gallo, PhD
Instituto de Pesquisa e Reabilitação de Animais Marinhos

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