HOW WE'RE DIFFERENT
We believe that HEALTH is the missing piece of the global conservation strategy. Tremendous efforts have been made to protect critical habitat and reduce wildlife trade and poaching. If we don’t also make sure that the species we are protecting are healthy, then these efforts will not succeed.
Simple awareness of this issue is not enough, we need to understand the origins and implications of disease. Infectious and transmissible disease must be identified, treated, and prevented. Failure to do so may cause untold, yet preventable, harm to wildlife populations, domestic animals, and humans.
HOW WE WORK
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Our approach is simple 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.
OUR THREE OPERATING PRINCIPLES
We accomplish our work in a straightforward and strategic collaborative manner, using existing local networks and opportunities to investigate wildlife health threats in a particular setting. We know we must be strategic and work closely with countries and partners to ensure efforts are effective and efficient. We recognize that ecosystems, history and culture, and conservation needs vary considerably around the world, and we strive to develop conservation approaches that best meet the needs of local communities.
We use the most appropriate and best available tools to design, monitor, and evaluate the outcomes of our programs. Our methods and approaches are scientifically justifiable, time-sensitive, and represent universal best practices.
We strive to transfer knowledge, skills, and critical infrastructure to create self-sustaining wildlife health programs in the areas and countries where we work. We support local wildlife professionals, veterinarians, and non-governmental agencies in creating and sustaining comprehensive wildlife health programs.