Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center

California Wildlife Conservation

The Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center has been concerned with the health of California's wildlife and its relevance for conservation for over 15 years. Ranging from species-focused research and focus -- the sea otter, the giant garter snake, the riparian brush rabbit, the bighorn sheep, the mountain lion, the Channel Island fox -- to health issues that can affect many species and populations such as West Nile Virus and Avian Influenza, the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center holds that healthy ecosystems are essential to healthy wildlife and people -- a One Health approach.

The Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center provides competitive grant funding for graduate student research on topics that include California wildlife; the Oiled Wildlife Care Network also provides funding for research on the effects of oil on wildlife and related topics.

In 2006 the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center, in partnership with the California Department of Fish and Game, developed the California Wildlife Action Plan, California Wildlife: Conservation Challenges. The plan addressed these questions: what are the species and habitats of greatest conservation need? What are the major stressors or problems affecting California’s native wildlife and habitats? What are the actions needed to restore and conserve California’s wildlife, thereby reducing the likelihood that more species will approach the condition of threatened or endangered? 

The California Wildlife Action Plan is available here

Individual California Conservation projects can be found below:

Sea Otter Research

Wildlife Diversity Project