Thanks to your amazing support so far…
As part of a post-doctoral position, Chester Zoo Conservation Fellow, Dr Tanja Maehr, is carrying out vital research into EEHV. This post-doctoral position has been funded through our Never Forget campaign and is ran in collaboration with the University of Surrey and the Animal and Plant Health Agency.
We’re also working closely with Akbar Dastjerdi, a Virologist at the Animal and Plant Health Agency, who has developed a method to detect EEHV. Members of our Applied Science team have received training from Akbar to see the method first hand and to gain an understanding of the equipment and materials they need to bring this testing to Chester Zoo.
This will allow us not only to test swab samples weekly without delay, but in the case of a positive EEHV result, the teams will be able to monitor the elephant with daily samples. This would give the vet team up to date information and aid treatment. We are currently procuring all of the equipment necessary and aim to have all equipment in place in the coming weeks so that we can start equivalence testing with the APHA lab.
Thanks to you, our amazing supporters, we are able to continue this vital research.
This complex disease is having a catastrophic effect on the global conservation of the Asian elephant and we want to find a solution to the problem as soon as possible to stop more elephants from dying from this lethal disease.
EEHV doesn't discriminate
It doesn’t matter whether it’s a two year old elephant calf at Chester Zoo, at a zoo in the USA or in the wild in Africa – this is a problem right around the world which makes it even more critical that we find an answer.
We don’t want it to be an extinction level event for this magnificent animal.
Currently, not enough is known about this disease so we need to carry out vital research to hopefully get closer to finding a way to stopping it killing more elephants. We’re part of the global conservation community committed to the conservation of Asian elephants, so we will continue to carry out intensive research and work to discover more about this virus and how to treat it.
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…to help save the global population of the species. You can help find a solution by making a donation today. We Will Never Forget.
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