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, wildlife-livestock disease interactions and emerging zoonotic diseases. Scroll down for highlights of our recent work....

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June 23, 2020

WATCH> How Coronavirus Has Placed More Attention on Wildlife Trade

The ongoing pandemic of COVID-19 has heightened awareness of the potentially devastating impacts of ...
June 17, 2020

From Field to Fork: Wildlife Supply Chains for Human Consumption Increase Coronavirus Spillover Risk

A recent study by the WCS Health Program team in Vietnam found high proportions of Coronavirus posit...
June 8, 2020

Urban Bushmeat and Zoonotic Disease

The hunting, trade and consumption of wild meat, or bushmeat, in Central Africa is a past, current a...
May 27, 2020

Preventing Epidemics in Republic of Congo by Monitoring Wildlife Mortality

Watch our Wildlife Health Programme at work in Republic of Congo communities to set up an ...

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