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Monday, September 24, 2012
Dog Data Extravaganza
I recently experienced three glorious days of “dog populations around the world” while in York, United Kingdom for the First International Conference on Dog Population Management. Clearly, I’m not alone in my fascination with dogs, particularly when they may pose a public health and/or conservation concern, as there was a whole conference organized to share thoughts and current research about this!
Many dogs around the world do not enjoy the pampered lifestyle of most Chicago dogs. Dogs across Africa, Asia, Indonesia, South America, Australia and parts of Europe are working dogs and may not have access to regular veterinary care. This can result in dogs transmitting devastating diseases such as rabies to people and/or wildlife.
I was very lucky to be selected to present my work with free-roaming domestic dogs in Tanzania, comparing dog population dynamics in villages with and without a dog rabies-vaccination program. It was great to share my research and compare study methods with people working around the world, and I think I’ve made several new friends for years to come.
PS: It was also a nice opportunity to enjoy plenty of fish and chips and chocolate!
A research associate in the zoo’s Alexander Center for Applied Population Biology, Anna Czupryna studies domestic dog population dynamics near Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. Her work is one part of a zoo-led vaccination campaign that protects the region’s people, pets and predators.
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Serengeti Field Diaries
Lincoln Park Zoo is leading the Serengeti Health Initiative, a collaborative effort to preserve the wildlife of this African ecosystem while benefiting local people. Our Serengeti field diaries feature updates as scientists conduct vaccination efforts, collaborate with Tanzanian partners and encounter the Serengeti’s famed wildlife.
Rachel Santymire, Ph.D.
An endocrinologist in the Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology, Santymire studies stress and reproduction at the zoo and in the wild.
A graduate student in the department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Anna is studying how rabies vaccination campaigns of domestic dogs in villages around Serengeti National Park affect population dynamics.
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