ST: Wildlife Health Research

Research diseases affecting wildlife to improve the long term health and survival of many species, particularly in the face of increasing threats.

Why it is important?

With many wildlife species already impacted by a range of threats, it is vital to improve our understanding of wildlife health and the effects of increasing human impacts on animals. There are also implications for human and livestock health, with links between shared medical conditions often poorly understood. We need to continue to learn more about our wildlife so the wild creatures with whom we share our region stay healthy and have the resilience to face the challenges ahead.

Examples of Local Action

  • Increase surveillance of wildlife health using a One Health approach (ie. based on the interconnectedness between humans, animals and the environment).
  • Conduct a research project into diseases such as toxoplasmosis, leptospirosis and hydatid disease in tree-kangaroos.
  • Monitor, collect information and conduct research into reports of large scale die-offs of macropods, blindness in tree-kangaroos and sick possums.

Local Landscape:

Southern Tablelands

Regional Theme:



Barron, Johnstone