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.
An Emerging Threat to Endangered Wildlife
The field of wildlife conservation has been around for decades with great strides being made by a variety of national and international agencies and non-governmental organizations in the areas of habitat loss and poaching. The awareness of the serious nature of infectious diseases transmitted across species is increasing as threats make their way into book plots, movies, and international news almost daily. Numerous conservation efforts with endangered species have demonstrated the potential impact of disease to limit the recovery of wildlife. Examples include canine distemper in black-footed ferrets and African wild dogs and white-nose syndrome in North American bats. In addition, recent reports from Russia have documented the first cases of canine distemper infection in wild, free-ranging Siberian tigers and epidemics of canine distemper have been reported in wild African lions and captive tigers. So, even as significant efforts are being made to protect endangered animals, infectious and transmissible diseases, when not identified, treated, and prevented, can do untold harm to a fragile population whether in the wild, captivity, conservation corridors, or protected areas.
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.
VIEW conducts work-shops and training for local wildlife veterinarians and managers to equip them with the skills needed to ensure healthy wildlife.
VIEW helps to create and maintain local field facilities so that disease investigation and wildlife care are possible and sustainable.
VIEW targets its investigation to better understand and respond to wildlife health risks for endangered wildlife population recovery.
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.