Where We Work
VIEW veterinarians have participated in projects to help wildlife from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in the US to the Terai Arc Landscape of Nepal.
Nepal, with 30 million people, is rich in wildlife biodiversity, once abundant but now threatened by substantial human development and global climate change. In addition, the close association between human development and wildlife in ever shrinking habitats creates opportunities for diseases to flow between these groups and across the landscapes that connect them.
Health threats for Nepal’s wildlife, even the most iconic animals such as the tiger and rhino, are not well understood and the impact for sustainable populations of endangered species is not known. Threats on wildlife health cannot be addressed with current country resources. Increased capacity for disease surveillance must be developed in order to document health status, to understand disease transmission and to recognize and respond effectively to disease outbreaks in sensitive species.
VIEW is concentrating on the crucial need in Nepal for stronger wildlife health capacity. VIEW’s efforts are empowering Nepalese wildlife professionals with facilities, tools and skills to implement a wildlife health program that can investigate disease in wild animals, can respond to ill and injured individuals, and together with conservation leaders can implement policies that reduce risk and protect fragile populations.
VIEW is currently working with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation and the National Trust for Nature Conservation through out the Protected Area in the Terri Arc Landscape (TAL) of Nepal. Together we are helping to create a cadre of wildlife professionals prepared to recognize and respond to wildlife health issues.