December 20, 2010


Poisoning drives vulture decline in Masai Mara, Kenya

Vulture populations in one of Africa's most important wildlife reserves have declined by 60%, say scientists. The researchers suggest that the decline of vultures in Kenya's Masai Mara is being driven by poisoning.

The US-based Peregrine Fund says farmers occasionally lace the bodies of dead cattle or goats with a toxic pesticide called furadan.

This appears to be aimed at carnivores that kill the livestock, but one carcass can poison up to 150 vultures.

BBC News -
V Gill
17 Dec 2010
Photo courtesy of BBC News
Location: Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya - Map It

Stranded Dolphin Transferred to Galveston

A bottle nose dolphin found stranded at the Padre Island National Seashore is in critical condition at a rehabilitation center in Galveston.

Buc-ee, a 7-year old male, was found stranded on Friday evening.

KZTV 10 News -
K Dean
13 Dec 2010
Photo courtesy of KZTV 10 News
Location: Padre Island National Seashore, Texas, USA - Map It

Unsupervised clustering of wildlife necropsy data for syndromic surveillance

The importance of wildlife disease surveillance is increasing, because wild animals are playing a growing role as sources of emerging infectious disease events in humans.

Syndromic surveillance methods have been developed as a complement to traditional health data analyses, to allow the early detection of unusual health events.

Early detection of these events in wildlife could help to protect the health of domestic animals or humans. This paper aims to define syndromes that could be used for the syndromic surveillance of wildlife health data.

7th Space -
16 Dec 2010

Journal Article Cited

Basic Raptor Rehabilitation Workshop
Gabbert Raptor Center, St. Paul Campus
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
May 03- 06, 2011

The Raptor Center, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of MN, is hosting its first ever “Basic Raptor Rehabilitation” workshop, May 3-6, 2011. This 4-day intensive workshop will include both didactic instruction as well as hands-on learning, and focus on the process of rehabilitation from the time of patient admission through to its release.

A six session on-line preparatory course accompanies the workshop and must be completed prior to attending. For additional information and registration instructions, please visit the Raptor Center website here at

Photo credit: S Willnow/AP