This month's highlighted project

Animals can't ask for help. That's why we're here.

The Wild Animal Health Fund advocates for the injured, sick and dying animals all around the world. With your help, we can make a difference.

Fair-Trade Production for All Species

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Sloths utilize plantations for sleeping and foraging. In Costa Rica, they have good taste when picking chocolate, pineapple, and banana groves. However, this country also utilizes the highest volume of pesticide in the world – applied directly to the animal and indirectly to their environment and food. Wouldn’t it be interesting to know if the sloth could tell us the difference between responsible organic production methods and traditional farming with heavy pesticide use? 

Through a project mentored by Dr. Kurt Sladky, University of Wisconsin-Madison, free-ranging sloths in and around different plantations will be captured safely for blood collection. These samples will be analyzed for blood measurements of many different chemicals then compared to blood from sloths living in US zoos that are far from daily pesticide exposure. The information gathered from this study will direct future efforts to determine the impacts of pesticide exposure on sloths, the local ecosystem, and, eventually, human health in Limon Province of Costa Rica.

The Wild Animal Health Fund is not only paving the way in conservation research but also making it possible for future veterinary generations to learn by doing and making a difference!

Creating Change One Project at a Time

Each year, The Wild Animal Health Fund awards a select number of competitive grants for critical animal health research and studies.

Grant recipients research a stunning array of issues related to zoo animals and wildlife.   Some recent grant requests include:

  • studying the impact of stress on the endangered Florida Manatee
  • developing antimicrobial treatments for the spiny sea urchins
  • evaluating the reproductive health in the pygmy hippopotamus
  • preventing bovine tuberculosis (TB) in lions

With research teams in the Pacific Ocean, Texas Zoological Park, the National Park of Sahamalaza in Madagascar, and beyond, Wild Animal Health Fund grants recipients are doing work on a truly global scale.