For over 60 years, the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV.org) has played a role in nearly every zoo animal and wildlife medicine breakthrough to prevent diseases, enhance treatments and provide solutions. The Wild Animal Health Fund is a program of the AAZV.
AAZV is a tax-exempt not-for-profit organization as described in section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations and bequests to the Wild Animal Health Fund are tax-deductible as allowed by law, for income, gift, and estate tax purposes.
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Most species of penguins evolved in colder climates, and as a result they don’t have good immunity to diseases carried by insects. But with climate change and the fact that some penguins live in climates warm enough to support insects, West Nile virus is posing a threat. In a WAHF study investigators worked out a protocol to vaccinate adult female penguins to optimize their chicks’ resistance to West Nile virus.
Your donations to the Wild Animal Health Fund go directly towards the life-saving research projects conducted by veterinarians all over the world.
Donations such as yours supported Dr. Sonia Hernandez in her research on the effects of urbanization on the White Ibis. This research studied how the changing behavior of the White Ibis affects other birds, humans, and local parks, as well as communicable bird diseases.
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Scientists all over planet earth are concerned. Our wild animals are facing mass extinctions. Ecosystems are collapsing. Diseases that affect both animals and humans are emerging at an alarming rate.
Veterinary scientists worldwide are doing all they can to help save zoo animals and wildlife through the Wild Animal Health Fund (WAHF). The Fund supports vital research that benefits zoo animals and wildlife regarding disease diagnosis/treatment/prevention, medical and surgical procedures, and reproductive challenges.
But the research needs to be funded, and that’s where you have an opportunity to help. Please consider making a donation to the Wild Animal Health Fund to support critical, peer reviewed and monitored health studies for zoo animals and wildlife. Do it now, before it’s too late!
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Watch and see the city life of the White Ibis