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Assisting Wildlife in Nepal

December 9, 2014

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Dr. Dave Bunn of the WHC delivered the donated textbooks to Dr. Roshika Shrethsa, veterinarian at the Nepal Central Zoo.

December 2014

The Central Zoo of Nepal received the valuable gift of reference textbooks recently, thanks to the efforts of the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center (WHC), two students from the class of 2016, and generous donors. 

It all started last summer when Dr. Joe Gaydos, Senior Wildlife Veterinarian at the WHC and Dr. Dave Bunn, a scientist at the center, visited the zoo in Nepal and found that a few reference textbooks could go a long way toward their efforts to improve animal welfare. He mentioned this to K. Keiki Cunningham and Sarah Bahan (DVM Class of ’16) who were on Orcas Island while interning for the Wildlife Health Center’s SeaDoc Society program on Orcas Island.

Cunningham and Bahan took it upon themselves to solicit donations for the needed reference books. In a short amount of time, they had the funds and were able to provide eight vital texts: Handbook of Wildlife Chemical Immobilization; Zoo and Wild Animal Medicine, editions 2-7; and Biology, Medicine, and Surgery of Elephants (all but one were authored or co-authored by the late UC Davis veterinarian and father of zoological medicine, Dr. Murray Fowler).

“It was inspiring to see Keiki and Sarah stepping up so quickly and so efficiently to help their fellow zoo and wildlife veterinarians in Nepal,” Gaydos said. “These books will be a huge help in Nepal and their actions remind us that cross-cultural collaboration will not only benefit wildlife health, but human and domestic animal health as well."