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

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: