Amur Leopards
Amur leopards are extraordinarily endangered in the wild. This project will help to assess the health and well being of the remaining population. Read More
Bamboo Shark Study
Meningitis has caused deaths in several shark species. There is little information on antimicrobial therapy in these animals. This pharmacokinetic study evaluated the absorption of intramuscular injections of florfenicol and its potential application for treatment of bacterial meningitis in shark species.
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Callitrichid Colon Biopsy
Colitis is a major cause of poor health and early death in captive New World primates, especially tamarins and marmosets. Mucosal biopsies of the colon have been used in studies to determine the progress of this disease and the response to therapeutic interventions. This study evaluated the callitrichid population at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for the prevalence of this problem.
Gaur Anesthesia Trial
This investigation will help determine effective and safe ways to immobilize gaur in zoos and in the wild. Carfentanil is being compared to the newer opiod, thiafentanil. Parameters being evaluated include quality of anesthesia, cardiac values, oxygenation, circulatory pressures and recovery.
Gorilla Thyroid Project
Due to suspected background irradiation, the incidence of thyroid nodules and carcinomas is increasing in the human population. If irradiation is the cause then great apes may have a similar frequency of this disease. If the rise is due to specific human factors such as diet then the incidence in gorillas may be low. This study will help to develop a methodology for thyroid ultrasound evaluation in gorillas, will help to establish a database of thyroid health in the population and may provide answers to the health of the human population as well.
Great Ape DNA Study
Just like human beings, animals have different blood types. Knowing blood types is important when and if it is ever necessary to do a blood transfusion. Blood samples are taken opportunistically to determine blood types for great apes (including the gorilla and the orangutan) in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) population.
Lion TB Study
Bovine tuberculosis has caused a significant disease epidemic in wildlife in South Africa. It is the suspected cause of the decline in the adult lion population in Kruger National Park. Successful vaccination may a useful tool for the management of bovine tuberculosis in these lions. This project will help to determine the efficacy of a new vaccine in this species. Read More
Tiger Calicivirus Vaccine Trial
Calicivirus causes an upper respiratory disease characterized by discharge from the nose and eyes as well as excessive salivation and oral ulcers. It has proven to be fatal in some tiger cubs. This trial will help to determine the probable efficacy of a calicivirus vaccine in tigers. Pre- and post- vaccination tigers will be measured. Read More
Feline Hearing Study
This study will assess the value of noninvasive techniques for evaluating feline hearing using auditory evoked brainstem responses and otoacoustic emissions. The value of the study, from a conservation point of view, is that if we can identify what these cats hear, and how they might communicate, we may be able to assess how encroachment of humans and noise may affect the wild cats. Read More