THE MISSING PIECE
Join VIEW in being a part of the solution -
in preventing wildlife extinction.
For decades we have seen species rise into the threatened and endangered category, or worse, go extinct due to aggressive diseases. Now we have run out of time and need to take a proactive approach! VIEW believes that prevention is the key to reducing further tragic loss.
VIEW’s mission is to protect endangered wildlife by tackling the health threats they face in their native habitats.
VIEW'S GUIDING PRINCIPLES
VIEW prioritizes working together with local stakeholders to build comprehensive wildlife conservation programs that run efficiently and continue long after we are physically present. All programs include these essential elements:
Our approach is strategic and straightforward: We support locally sustainable wildlife disease investigation, prevention, and treatment by providing training, building infrastructure, conducting research, and promoting policies that ensure healthy environments for wildlife and the people and domestic animals that share their habitat.
VIEW seeks to make a global impact on wildlife health by strategically choosing the regions in which we work – considering the biodiversity and the number of critically endangered species in the region, as well as the potential to partner with government and local agencies to create a sustainable wildlife conservation program. Our fieldwork also includes using our proprietary database, Wildlife Health Information System (WHIS). Our field activities populates this wildlife digital medical record allowing wildlife professionals better share their findings and protect wildlife populations around the globe. We have strategically organized three key projects in three regions that help us reach our goals: Africa, North America, and Asia. Below you can find out more about what each project entails and how WHIS plays a part in each one.
Africa is known for its diverse landscapes and iconic wildlife. The continent holds a quarter of the world’s biodiversity, is home to the world’s largest populations of megavertebrates, and provides vital terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem services to the planet. However, human-induced pressures have threatened Africa’s resources. With an expanding human population, the increased land use and the human-domestic animal and wildlife interface will continue to endanger Africa’s wildlife. Sadly, many species including giraffes, elephants, pangolins, and vultures are already endangered. The survival of wildlife is inextricably linked to the state of the ecosystem they live within.
The Rocky Mountain Region & Pacific northwest are both famous for their beautiful scenery and are home to some of North America's most iconic wildlife including wolves, grizzly bears, bison, wolverines, and bighorn sheep. Unfortunately, the animals we love in these regions are facing many threats. Human activity and climate change affect wildlife's critical habitat and food sources. A less understood threat, that is amplified by these changes, is disease. Understanding precisely what diseases may threaten or decimate a fragile species’ population is critical to ensuring their survival.
Asia and the Pacific are home to nearly half of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. Continued rapid economic development, agricultural expansion, mining, deforestation, urbanization, and illegal wildlife trade are only a few of the factors degrading this rich biological landscape. Another less understood threat to local wildlife is disease. Due to increased human and domestic animal population pressures, like cattle and dogs, critically endangered species including tigers, Asian one-horned rhinos, snow leopards, Asian elephants, and giant pandas are at risk of contracting diseases that can threaten the survival of their species.