Ricardo Castro César de Sá
2012-Present: Wildlife Veterinarian and project coordinator for the Garden Wildlife Health, Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London.
2011: Research assistant in a bat health surveys in Ghana and Equatorial Guinea.
2011: Internship at the Dubai falcon Hospital – Wildlife medicine.
2009-2010: MSc Wild Animal Health, Institute of Zoology and the Royal Veterinary College, London, UK.
- Thesis "Surviving Reintroduction: Behavioural responses of captive bred Amur leopard, Panthera pardus orientalis, to Amur tiger, Panthera tigris altaica, faeces", supervised by Dr John Lewis (International Zoo Veterinary Group) and Dr Charlotte Burn (Royal Veterinary College).
2008-2012: Locum Wildlife Veterinarian, RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre, Norfolk, United Kingdom.
2003-2012: Small Animal and Equine Veterinary Surgeon, United Kingdom.
2003: LVM (Licence in Veterinary Medicine), Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal.
2001-2003: Volunteer at CRATAS and NEPA – Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Environmental NGO at Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal.
I am currently working as a project co-ordinator for the Garden Wildlife Health project (GWH).
Garden Wildlife Health (GWH)
Garden Wildlife Health is a collaborative project between the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), Froglife and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) which aims to monitor the health of, and identify disease threats to, British wildlife. Our particular focus is on garden birds, amphibians, reptiles and hedgehogs. For this we count on the help of the public to submit reports of sick or dead wildlife and to submit samples for analysis.
Within this project I will be investigating the impact disease (from an infectious and non-infectious cause) may be having on population dynamics of free-living native species. This research includes epidemiological studies on new and emergent threats, anthropogenic factors and poorly understood diseases with potentially conservation and/or welfare consequences. It also involves the study of disease interactions between the different wild species and the role they play on domestic and human health.
With the information collected in this research I hope to better understand the part disease partakes in the natural selection processes, how they might influence evolution and how different species may respond to diverse challenges
For further information on the GWH, see here
Outside the GWH project I also have diverse research and conservation interests:
Having worked in wildlife rehabilitation as a wildlife veterinarian, in the United Kingdom and also in Portugal, I am interested in the welfare and conservation implications involved in this type of work. This includes the disease risks involved in captivity of free-living wild animals and their implications to wild populations, and how to achieve the full fitness of rehabilitated animals to cope with survival in the wild.
Similarly, and following my MSc project on the behavioural fitness of captive bred Amur leopards (Panthera pardus orientalis) for reintroduction in the wild, I am interested in research into building successful reintroduction programmes. More specifically, in the physical and behavioural fitness of released captive bred animals and their impact in the ecosystem.
I am also interested in environmental education, especially concerning the mitigation of Human-Wildlife conflict and the importance of habitat preservation for long term sustainability of resources and bio-diverse ecosystems. This follows the work I undertook as an undergraduate at a local NGO in my university.
Publications, Theses and Reports:
Sa RCC, Basu P, O’Donovan D & Bailey TA (2011) Serum levels of vitamins and trace elements in Black buck (Antilope cervivapra), Impala (Aepycerus malampus) and Mara (Dolichotis patagonum). Poster: the European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians conference, Lisbon, Portugal.
Sa RCC, Burn C & Lewis JCM (2010) Surviving reintroduction: Behavioural responses of captive bred Amur leopard, Panthera pardus orientalis, to Amur tiger, Panthera tigris altaica, faeces. MSc Thesis: Institute of Zoology and Royal Veterinary College, London, UK.
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