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Wildlife Disease and Health in Conservation

By: David A Jessup(Editor), Robin W Radcliffe(Editor), Laura Donohue(Illustrator)
496 pages, 71 colour & 3 b/w photos, 109 colour & 3 b/w illustrations
Provides wildlife professionals with cutting-edge scientific information on the most damaging and newly emerging wildlife diseases.
Wildlife Disease and Health in Conservation
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  • Wildlife Disease and Health in Conservation ISBN: 9781421446745 Hardback Sep 2023 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 6 days
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About this book

Wildlife diseases and their implications are at the forefront of many sectors of scientific endeavour, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly 60 per cent of all human diseases and 75 per cent of all emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic. Edited by pioneering wildlife veterinarians David A. Jessup and Robin W. Radcliffe, Wildlife Disease and Health in Conservation explores the origins and impacts of as well as the responses to the most damaging and persistent diseases currently threatening wildlife conservation.

Focusing mainly on newer, invasive, and controversial wildlife health challenges, this book also reexamines classic diseases that provide warnings and important lessons for wildlife professionals and policymakers. Each chapter offers cutting-edge scientific information and extensive references to help readers plan for, respond to, and conduct research on these serious health challenges. This book:
- Reports crucial findings on newly emerging diseases and how to recognize and manage them
- Explores the health of critical but often neglected aquatic ecosystems, including both vertebrate and invertebrate examples
- Covers a vast diversity of wildlife health threats, from epizootic bighorn sheep pneumonia and African swine fever to sea star wasting disease, avian influenza, and rabbit hemorrhagic disease
- Explains zoonotic dangers to humans, including coronaviruses
- Includes information on marine and aquatic species, wild ungulate species, carnivores and omnivores, birds, and more
- Provides insight into the social, legal, financial, and political factors that may override or influence conservation priorities in response to biomedical challenges

Featuring detailed and attractive field notes–style illustrations by Laura Donohue and essential essays from experts in the field, Wildlife Disease and Health in Conservation combines theory and practice to inform and inspire wildlife health and conservation.


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Introduction: David A. Jessup, by David A. Jessup

Part I: Wildlife Disease/Health in Marine and Aquatic Species
1. Coral Reef Ecosystem Health, by Thierry M. Work
2. Sea Star Wasting Disease, by Joseph K. Gaydos
3. Wild Fisheries: One Health Challenges Affecting Us All, by ESP Weber III and O. Rozanski
4. Ranavirosis and Chytridiomycosis: Impacts of Amphibian Species, by Debra L. Miller, E. Davis Carter, Rebecca Hardman, and Matthew J. Gray
5. Oil Spills and Their Management, by Michael Ziccardi
6. Prescriptions for Reducing Ocean Pollution and Saving Southern Sea Otters, by David A. Jessup and Melissa A. Miller

Part II: Wildlife Disease/Health in Wild Ungulates
7. Great Plagues: Rinderpest, Peste des Petits Ruminants, Measles and Distemper, by Richard A. Kock
8. Chronic Wasting Disease, by Michael W. Miller and Lisa L. Wolfe
9. Epizootic Bighorn Sheep Pneumonias, by Thomas E. Besser and E. Frances Cassirer
10. Bovine Brucellosis in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, by Bant Schumacker
11. Bluetongue, EHD and Cervid Adenoviral Hemorrhagic Disease, by Mark L. Ruder and Sonja J. Christensen
12. African Swine Fever, by Vienna Brown, Julianna Lenoch, and Courtney Bowden

Part III: Wildlife Disease/Health in Carnivores, Rodents, and/or Bats
13. Plague and Distemper in Prairie Dogs and Black Footed Ferrets, by Toni E. Rocke
14. Rabies and Conservation, by Thomas Muller and Charles E. Rupprecht
15. Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease, by J. Jeffrey Root and Tom Gidlewski
16. White-nose Syndrome, by Michelle L. Verant and Riley Bernard

Part IV: Wildlife Disease/Health in Avian Species
17. Waterfowl Diseases: Catalyst for Wildlife Health in North America, by David A. Jessup
18. Avian Influenza in Wild Birds, by Andrew M. Ramey
19. Avian Malaria and the Extinction of Hawaiian Forest Birds, by Carter T. Atkinson
20. Lead Intoxication in Raptors and Scavenging Birds, by Michelle Hawkins, Krystal M.T. Woo, and Katherine Carr
21. Gyrfalcons as Sentinels for Changing Disease Ecology in the Arctic, by Robin W. Radcliffe and Michael T. Henderson

Part V: Wildlife Diseases Crossing Species and Geographic Barriers
22. Tuberculosis in Free-ranging Wild Animals, by Michele A. Miller
23. Toxoplasmosis and One Health, by Elizabeth Van Wormer and Karen Shapiro
24. Endangered Mountain Gorillas, Ebola and Community Health, by Kirsten Gilardi
25. Emerging Coronaviruses: A One Health Harbinger, by Christine K. Johnson, Janna Freeman, Tierra Smiley Evans, Diego Montecito, and Marcela Uhart


Customer Reviews


David A. Jessup (Royal Oaks, CA) is the former senior wildlife veterinarian of the California Department of Fish and Game and the former executive manager of the Wildlife Disease Association.

Robin W. Radcliffe (Brooktondale, NY) is a wildlife veterinarian. He is the author of the children’s book The Hornless Rhinoceros and the founder of a learning program with Dr Jane Goodall that trains the next generation of conservation leaders at Cornell University.

By: David A Jessup(Editor), Robin W Radcliffe(Editor), Laura Donohue(Illustrator)
496 pages, 71 colour & 3 b/w photos, 109 colour & 3 b/w illustrations
Provides wildlife professionals with cutting-edge scientific information on the most damaging and newly emerging wildlife diseases.
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"Wildlife Disease and Health in Conservation illustrates, using a series of well-chosen examples, the complexity of the emergence, impact, and control of wildlife diseases that require wide-ranging collaborations."
– Andre Alfons Dhondt, Professor and Edwin H. Morgens Professor of Ornithology, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology

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