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 the One Health project.

Disease does not respect borders; infections and pollutants travel beyone 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

     

    Baboon

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

    Hedgehog

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

    Sumatran tiger at ZSL London Zoo

    Wild animal health has become of increasing interest to non-veterinarians...

    African hunting dog

    This world-class specialist Masters course (with exit points at Certificate...

    Senior Lecturer and DRAHS Project Leader Tony Sainsbury and Wildlife Veterinarian Jenny Jaffe conduct a thorough health examination on a free-living smooth snake.

    We are developing methods to analyse the risk of disease to translocations,...

    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’s EDGE of Existence Programme has been working to protect this unique...

    Griffon Vulture

    Conservation science, captive breeding, and community education allow us to...

    Amur leopard

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

    Male Hihi bird

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

    Cows in UK field

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

    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