African Wildlife Diseases

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Welcome to African Wildlife Diseases

The diseases of African wildlife are important not only for wildlife itself. They are particularly important within the context of the interface between domestic animals, wildlife, humans, and the environment and have an impact on ecosystem health in its broadest sense subject to the consequences of intensification, the increasing competition for the dwindling amount of available land, and the changes in global weather patterns.

This Wiki aims to collate the knowledge of the diseases of African wildlife (land mammals, sea mammals, fish, birds, amphibians, and reptiles) on an on-going basis with emphasis on their epidemiological features, pathogenesis, pathology, diagnosis, and the broad features of managing the individual diseases. It presents current information about the various features obtained from all levels of the community dealing with these species, and all people that are interested in them and work with them.

The content deals with African wildlife within the context of recent developments related to wildlife on the continent. It thus takes congnisance of the patterns of disease associated with free-ranging wildlife, conservation areas and trans-frontier parks, and those in game ranching enterprises and breeding programmes for rare and endangered species.

The information provided is classified and entered according to the traditional causes of disease, and disease by species and organ affected. When clicking on the broad categories provided, you will be able, by following the relevant links, to access the required information. You can also use the search function on either the left-hand or top right-hand side (depending on the browser that you are using) of the page, to access the required information. In the space provided type in the name of the disease, or its cause.

The maps linked to this wiki strive to reflect the distribution of the various diseases according to country, province and district and as they relate to ecosystems, species distribution, meteorological data, and diseases patterns of humans and domesticated animals.

This site strives to provide information that is scientifically justified and accurate.

Details of how to enter information and/or to create a page, can be obtained by clicking on the help function under navigation in column on the left-hand side of this page.



  • First Estimate of Total Viruses in Mammals:Scientists estimate that there is a minimum of 320,000 viruses in mammals awaiting discovery. Collecting evidence of these viruses, or even a majority of them, they say, could provide information critical to early detection and mitigation of disease outbreaks in humans. This undertaking would cost approximately $6.3 billion, or $1.4 billion if limited to 85% of total viral diversity—a fraction of the economic impact of a major pandemic like SARS.Identifying viruses could help mitigate disease outbreaks; total cost less than a single pandemic
  • Namibia: Combating animal rabies:...rabies in our kudu population is unique to Namibia and it is wreaking havoc with the kudu numbers. Whether these events occur due to increased game fencing, localised droughts that force kudus to congregate at limited feeding areas or whether it is part of inherent population control is an open question...]

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