Where We Work
VIEW veterinarians are helping to save wildlife species worldwide,
from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in the U.S., to the Terai Arc Landscape of Nepal.
VIEW has started an initiative in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem focusing on the protection of priority species by targeting key health threats they face in their native habitat. VIEW will be partnering with local organizations and government agencies to implement disease surveillance throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
With an explosive increase in human/domestic animal population growth, habitat encroachment and climate change, wildlife are now, more than ever, being exposed to pathogens that we share (60 % of infectious disease we share with animals). This, as a result, is causing devastating declines in already at-risk populations.
In 2015, after an investment of millions of dollars and tremendous, far-reaching efforts to save the critically endangered Saiga antelope from extinction (more than 200,000 animals,) 70% of the global population died in a fortnight due to disease. Closer to Yellowstone, bighorn sheep herds in the Rocky Mountains have been devastated due to pneumonia transmitted from domestic sheep. The disease had no impact on domestic sheep but caused large, annual declines in wild sheep with limited success in repopulation efforts of wild sheep.
The Yellowstone region is not immune to health risks but disease surveillance efforts are the first step to understanding causes of death, which enables us to implement preventive measures and reduce transmission of disease.
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 works with government, Universities, local non-government organizations in the US, Nepal and globally.
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.