Wildlife health

Amphibian

Ensuring the health of wildlife, improving the health of people, domestic animals and the environment.

Wildlife populations and ecosystems are essential for human health and wellbeing. However, human activities expose wildlife populations to disease, resulting in population declines and species extinctions. They also expose people and domestic animals to disease from wildlife hosts with serious implications for human health and livelihoods. This interconnection between people, animals, plants and their shared environment forms the basis of ZSL's Healthy Wildlife, Healthy People research.

Disease does not respect borders; infections and pollutants travel beyond their source locations, causing problems across a wide range. Often, the impacts of disease are only apparent once population declines are underway and identifying the cause can be extremely difficult and expensive.

ZSL has teamed up with ITN Productions and the Royal Society of Biology to create a short film exploring the global challenges facing wildlife health, and how ZSL’s work to better understand this area is improving conservation outcomes.

Take a look to find out more about this critically important work and hear about our ambitious plans to transform the science we are able to do in this area:

 

Are you interested in a career in wildlife health? Find out more about our study and research opportunities

     

    Eidolon Helvum fruit bat

    Bats and Bugs has been investigating the infection and spillover dynamics of...

    Cows in UK field

    The Badger Cattle Contact Project was established in 2012 to research...

    Male Hihi bird

    The Ecology and Conservation of New Zealand’s Hihi: A Case Study for...

    Mountain chicken frog

    Once a traditional dish in Montserrat and Dominica, the mountain chicken...

    Sperm whale in the wash - CSIP

    For centuries, cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) have regularly...

    Mallorcan midwife toads (c) Jaime Bosch

    ZSL is at the forefront of research on amphibian chytridiomycosis, which has...

    Echo Parakeet

    Recovery of the only surviving Mascarene parrot species

    Baboon

    The Tsaobis Baboon Project is a long-term study of a desert baboon...

    Picture of DRAHS logo and image of butterly, dormouse and frog

    The DRAHS project is a collaborative initiative between ZSL and Natural...

    Hedgehog

    Garden Wildlife Health helps to identify and investigate the diseases that...

    Red kite.png

    Despite successful reintroductions, the red kite still faces significant...

    Sumatran tiger at ZSL London Zoo

    This specialist masters course has been developed for non-veterinarians who...

    Sand lizard

    The sand lizard has disappeared over much of its former range in the UK. A...

    African hunting dog

    This world-class specialist Masters course has produced 266 graduates,...

    Skellig Michael Puffins

    ZSL works to protect iconic and threatened bird species.

    Sumatran tiger - Sembilang National Park

    Much of the ZSL Indonesia Field Programme's activities focus on the Sumatran...

    Chinese Giant Salamander

    ZSL works to protect the world's largest amphibian

    Griffon Vulture

    Halting catastrophic declines in India and Nepal's iconic vulture species....

    Amur leopard

    In order to support the remaining wild Amur leopards, ZSL manages the Global...

    green graphic image of coronavirus

    Professor Andrew Cunningham, ZSL's Deputy Director of Science, explores...

    Two scientists wearing rubber gloves investigating a dead animal

    The world is undergoing a global public health crisis following the...