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Innovative Technique to Monitor Cardiac Function in Geladas

Innovative Technique to Monitor Cardiac Function in Geladas
(May 22, 2019) Our Zoo veterinarians and Mammalogy staff have been implementing innovative techniques to understand cardiac disease in gelada (Theropithecus gelada). We are one of only two U.S. zoos that display gelada, and the founding members of our current troop originated from European zoos. WCS pathologists have discovered a high incidence of cardiac disease in deceased gelada, which is very worrisome. Our colleagues at European institutions report cardiac disease as common in their gelada also. The ...

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Infectious Foot Disease in Huemul: a Deer in Danger of Extinction

Infectious Foot Disease in Huemul: a Deer in Danger of Extinction
(May 06, 2019) The south Andean deer (Hippocamelus bisulcus), also known as the Chilean huemul, is such a cultural icon in Chile that it is featured on their coat of arms. Despite this, the species is the most endangered deer in Latin America, with only around 2500 remaining in the wild. For several years, our local staff have been collaborating with other researchers to try to identify the cause of a worrying new foot disease in huemul that causes intense pain, inflammation and partial or complete loss of the...

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Read Our Spring Newsletter

Read Our Spring Newsletter
(April 23, 2019) From saving Scarlet Macaws from the threats of poaching and invasive bees, to novel technologies in illegal trade enforcement and tracking the Asiatic wild ass, here is our Spring newsletter highlighting some of our our recent work...                                                                          &n...

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Saving the Bats, One Cave at a Time

Saving the Bats, One Cave at a Time
(February 19, 2019) Understudied bat species and populations in the Western United states are facing the arrival of white-nose syndrome (WNS). WNS is a fungal disease affecting hibernating bats that was first identified in 2006 in New York and has since killed millions of bats in eastern North America. Since 2016, our Health Programs' staff have been part of a team collecting baseline empirical data on pre-WNS bat hibernation physiology, behavior, and morphology that can inform our understanding of western bat WNS ...

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Women in Science: WCS Health Program's Epidemiologist Dr Sarah Olson Highlighted

Women in Science: WCS Health Program's Epidemiologist Dr Sarah Olson Highlighted
(February 15, 2019) February 11th was the International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2019 and we were proud to see our wildlife epidemiologist Dr Sarah Olson highlighted with other inspirational female scientists by Mongabay. Amongst other ground-breaking research, Sarah studies Ebola virus in African bats and White-nose syndrome in Western bats in the United States:      Mongabay: Meet eight female conservation scientists who inform and inspire  Listen> Mongabay Interview...

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