This year Wildlife SOS achieved a much awaited milestone with the release of a compendium of 20 years of Veterinary Research Publications compiled by our proficient team of veterinarians and biologists. The compendium was launched earlier in March, during the International Sloth Bear Expert Team Meeting in Bangalore hosted by Wildlife SOS in partnership with IUCN Sloth Bear Expert Team.
The compendium deals with case studies relating to wide range of subjects including anatomy, physiology, behavioural studies, clinical medicine, surgery, anaesthesiology, pathology etc. The focus of the studies has been centered on sloth bears and elephants, including the ones that are under our lifetime care. It also discusses cases pertaining to other wild species such as tigers, leopards, Asiatic black bears, striped hyenas, reptiles, rhesus macaques to name a few. The aim is to create an effective guide to young wildlife veterinarians when they encounter similar cases especially with sloth bears or elephants.
Of all the eight bear species in the world, the sloth bears is the least researched species. Since the time we initiated our “Dancing Bear Rehabilitation Project” in 2002 the Wildlife SOS team has been working tirelessly to study and learn more about this indigenous bear species. In 2014, we started a research project to study the denning patterns and ecology of wild sloth bear in Karnataka. The studies conducted by our wildlife biologists so far, has proven to be extremely helpful in understanding their natural behaviour and reproductive physiology.
Over the years, our veterinarians have actively presented their papers at important wildlife veterinary & research conferences in India. The work has been carried out through active collaboration with premier research institutions such as Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc) Bangalore, Bannerghatta Biological Park etc. which have been supported by Wildlife SOS.
This would not have been possible without the support of our dedicated team of experts and we hope they continue to expand their footprint across wildlife veterinary research!