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....

In order to prevent future pandemics, our message to policymakers is clear: stop the trade in wild animals. In particularly, the highest risk taxa, mammals and birds. 

In the news

April 2, 2020

How Do We Prevent the Next Outbreak?

As WCS' Chris Walzer and Nicholas Robinson write in this blog for Scientific American, the COVID-19 ...
March 23, 2020

COVID-19: The Wildlife Trade and Human Disease

Christian Walzer, executive director of global health at the Wildlife Conservation Society, talks wi...
March 18, 2020

One World - One Health Spring News: Emerging Diseases and Wildlife Trade

With a focus on the links between emerging diseases and wildlife trade and the actions that need to ...
March 17, 2020

Conservationists Set the Record Straight on COVID-19’s Wildlife Links

“It’s just a numbers game,” WCS's Dr. Christian Walzer told Mongabay of markets th...

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