Wildlife Health Specialist Group


Commissioned by the IUCN Species Survival Commission to serve as a first response for wildlife health concerns across the world.

Wildlife Health News

Veterinary Diclofenac

European vultures need your help!

Global One Health Day

The integral connections between human, animal and environmental health require a coordinated ‘One Health' approach to help protect the health and survival of wild populations.

Feasibility and efficacy of oral rabies vaccine in Ethiopian Wolf

New field trial research indicates successful vaccine uptake and immunization rates sufficient for protection of Ethiopian wolf populations (Canis simensis) against rabies virus.

UNEP Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) Regional Assessments

UNEP's Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) Regional Assessments report on the state of the environment, including threats to biodiversity and health, for Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin Ame

Job Posting: Field Veterinarian (epidemiology/disease ecology)

EcoHealth Alliance seeks a Field Veterinarian with expertise in epidemiology to work internationally under their disease ecology and pandemic prevention programs.

Catastrophic mass die-off of Saiga antelopes in Central Kazakhstan

More than 120,000 Saiga antelopes (Saiga tatarica tatarica) have died in Central Kazakhstan since 10 May 2015.

Diclofenac Licensing Concerns

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The licensing of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac for veterinary use in several EU states poses serious concerns for vulture health and their important ecosystem services.

Killer Whale Necropsy and Disease Testing Protocol is avaialble!

“In the past seven years, this protocol has greatly facilitated and enhanced killer whale examinations in the Northeast Pacific region, and we hope that this revised version will reflect scientific ad

H5N8 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in poultry and wild birds in Republic of Korea


Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds statement on:

H5N8 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in poultry and wild birds in Republic of Korea January 2014


Sea Star Mortality Event

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) National Wildlife Health Center has released a bulletin on the ongoing sea star die-off seen on the Western coast of the United States.

H7N9 Update

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H7N9 Update as of January 2, 2014

Recent Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever Outbreaks and Wildlife

Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreaks have been seen in the Kibaale District of Western Uganda (confirmed as Ebola Sudan) and the Haut-Uele district in Province Orientale in the Democratic Republic of Congo (confirmed as Ebola Bundibugyo). The two outbreaks do not appear to be epidemiologically linked. Members of the IUCN SSC Wildlife Health Specialist Group are involved in the response to both outbreaks.

Peru Dolphin and Pelican Mortality- 2012

Dolphin mortality has been reported along the Northern Peruvian coast (over roughly a 200km area around Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque and La Libertad regions) since January 2012. Species affected are Delphinus capensis and Phocoena spinipinnis. Isolated reports also mention Tursiops truncatus.

White Nose Syndrome- National Plan

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a document entitled "A National Plan for Assisting States, Federal Agencies, and Tribes in Managing White-Nose Syndrome in Bats". White nose syndrome (WNS) has affected bat colonies across 16 states in the U.S., and has seen recent spread in Canada. It has been responsible for substantial die-offs of hibernating bat colonies and has been linked to the fungus Geomyces destructans. The document provides a background on the scale of the disease and details plans for management and further research priorities.

The plan can be accessed here: