ASIAN ELEPHANTS IN THE HIMALAYAN REGION

EMERGING THREAT TO ASIAN ELEPHANTS

The herpes virus is attributed to over half the deaths of young elephants in captivity in zoos in the US and Europe with no known magnitude of the viral impact in Asian elephants.

Elephants throughout Asia are at risk of highly pathogenic diseases such as elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV). This herpes virus is widespread throughout Asia, and predominantly affects juveniles aged 1-8 years old. It is highly fatal to these elephants therefore; timely and aggressive treatment is needed in order to have a chance of survival. There is little known about the route of infection and prevalence of disease, especially in the elephants living in range countries.

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Our project in Nepal demonstrated that our Wildlife Health Programming can make a significant difference.  We identified diseases transmitted across species; our veterinary team was the first to successfully treat the herpes virus in an elephant calf, and we identified an alarming mortality trend in the rhino population; just a few of our achievements.  Our work in Nepal continues through trained wildlife professionals and the infrastructure and protocols we shared. 

We have now been invited by the Indian government to bring our science-based techniques to India.  Our first location, Rajaji Tiger Reserve has recently built a wildlife hospital and has veterinary staff.  They have asked us to assist them in developing a comprehensive Wildlife Health Program that includes training and ongoing support by VIEW’s specialized wildlife veterinarians, providing equipment and tools for quality veterinary care, and sharing our work and findings through papers and conferences internationally. 

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