Zoo Animal Health Network

The Zoo Animal Health Network ensures zoological institutions and their communities are prepared for zoonotic diseases—and other emergencies as well

Safeguarding Species…and Standing Watch

Diseases aren’t always limited to a single species. Many can pass between animal and human populations, impacting both with serious consequences. These zoonotic diseases include West Nile virus, rabies, highly pathogenic avian influenza (aka, “bird flu”) and many others.

Zoonotic diseases are naturally of interest to zoos and aquariums. The motivation is twofold. First, zoological institutions obviously want to protect the animals in their care against infection. But second, the regular monitoring of zoo animals provides a unique opportunity to detect zoonotic threats as they first appear, protecting visitors, employees and the surrounding community as well.

Hosted by the Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology, the Zoo Animal Health Network (ZAHN) develops frameworks to bring partners together to monitor for zoonotic diseases. ZAHN is a collaborative effort shared by Lincoln Park Zoo, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Planet Inspection Service, Animal Care.

By developing best practices and bringing experts together for training exercises, ZAHN helps ensure that zoological institutions and their communities are prepared for zoonotic diseases—and other emergencies as well.


Staff

Rachel Santymire, Ph.D., is director of Lincoln Park Zoo's Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology

Rachel Santymire, Ph.D.
Director, Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology

Mary Beth Manjerovic, Lincoln Park Zoo

Mary Beth Manjerovic
Wildlife Disease Ecologist, Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology

Edward Wilkerson is an informatics analyst in Lincoln Park Zoo's Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology.

Edward Wilkerson
Informatics Analyst, Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology

Evan Sorley is EcoHealth Coordinator at Lincoln Park Zoo's Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endrocrinology

Evan Sorley
EcoHealth Coordinator, Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology

Yvonne Nadler is an adjunct scientist at Lincoln Park Zoo's Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology

Yvonne Nadler, D.V.M., M.P.H.
Adjunct Scientist

Julia Chosy, Ph.D., is an adjunct scientist in the Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology.

Julia Chosy, Ph.D.
Adjunct Scientist


Links

The official website for the Zoo Animal Health Network.  

Zoo Animal Health Network
The official website, offering best practices, training modules and details on Zoo Animal Health Network projects.