WCS Health Programs

The WCS Health Programs encompass one of the oldest zoological veterinary programs ever established, with full-time staff beginning in 1902, and construction of a zoo hospital in 1916. Over a century later, The Zoological Health Program continues to provide specialized care for animals within our Zoos and Aquarium as well as local and international field projects, and WCS Health Programs are globally recognized for excellence in zoological and wildlife medicine, pathology, and global health conservation initiatives. WCS developed its Field Veterinary Program (FVP)—the first and largest of its kind—in 1989 in response to the growing recognition of the critical role of wildlife health in both conservation and development. The FVP expanded to become the innovative WCS Health Program, working around the world on a range of threats facing wildlife, livelihoods, and human health. These include disease issues facing big cats and great apes, endangered turtle recovery and reintroduction, and wildlife-livestock disease interactions. 

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December 6, 2019

Health Evaluations for Galápagos Iguanas

The Santa Fe and Galápagos land iguanas are large and charismatic lizards endemic to the Gal&...
December 6, 2019

Sharks On The Move

Great white sharks are apex predators at the top of the ocean’s food chain, with no natural pr...
November 30, 2019

Fall Newsletter: Camelid Conservation and More

Catch up on highlights of the work of our Health Programs around the globe and our Zoological Health...
October 29, 2019

Find Out Where Bats Go in the Congo...

The charismatic Hammer-headed fruit bat (Hypsignathus monstrosus) is the largest fruit bat in Africa...

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