Emerging Threat to North America

The northwest is popular for beautiful scenery and home to some of North America's most iconic wildlife. Unfortunately, the animals we love in the northwest region are facing many threats. Human activity and climate change are affecting their crucial habitat and food sources. A less understood threat, that is amplified by these changes, is disease. Understanding exactly what diseases may threaten or decimate a fragile species’ population is critical to ensuring the survival of these wildlife.  

Our Unique and Sustainable Approach

As part of VIEW’s work in Nepal, we developed the Wildlife Health Information System (WHIS), a wildlife medical record database. This system allowed us to identify an alarming statistic; there was a 12% decline in the rhino population in just three years. Only two of these 62 deaths were attributed to poaching. At this current rate, rhinos in Chitwan National Park will go extinct in eight years. VIEW reported this finding to the Department of National Parks which initiated an international response.


Even before this information was discovered, VIEW had made progress in identifying a disease that could be a factor causing this increase in deaths. Through our established program and training, VIEW found the first case of Tuberculosis (TB) in a wild rhino. Tuberculosis is one of the most deadly diseases on the planet and 24% of the working elephants have contracted TB from people. While identification is the first step, much more needs to be done to understand and prevent future deaths.




(click on an animal to find out more about how our work specifically impacts them)