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A Global Health Approach to Conservation

Bat with Smithsonian Global Health Researcher

This class fulfills the conservation or ecology requirement of the Wildlife Studies Certificate Program. 

Chances are, you have heard of zoonotic diseases—diseases that spread between animals and people, such as SARS or ebola. In fact, it is estimated that 75 percent of “human” diseases are caused by animal pathogens. As the human-wildlife interface continues to grow due to human expansion, so does the potential for zoonoses. Because ecosystem and wildlife health can have such an enormous impact on human health, the Smithsonian's Global Health Program, following the Center for Disease Control's One Health platform, is helping to lead the charge against these threats. Their international, multidisciplinary approach combines wildlife medicine, pathology and infectious disease investigation to fight for conservation and public health worldwide.

So join the Smithsonian, along with Dr. Dawn Zimmerman, research specialist Megan Vodzak and Dr. Marc Valitutto, for an in-depth look into wildlife health and pandemic threats. Discover how the One Health approach is successfully increasing the number of mountain gorillas in the wild. Learn how GPS collared bats and the PREDICT project are helping to track potential outbreak areas in Myanmar and Kenya. You won’t want to miss it!

Age: You must be at least 18 years old to attend.
Dates/Location: Tuesdays, Feb. 13, 20 and 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Visitor Center Conference Room. 
Price: FONZ Member: $90 
           Non-member: $113 

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Age range: 18