wb-research-logo-standalone.jpg Wildbase Research

Wildbase Research promotes collaborative investigation and management of wildlife in support of the welfare and conservation of New Zealand native fauna.

We are a group of veterinarians, ecologists and students involved in wildlife health. We work with the Allan Wilson Centre, Massey Ecology Group, Department of Conservation, Victoria University of Wellington and international collaborations such as the Alaskan USGS and the Alaskan Wader Group.

Current research projects are looking at issues with marine mammals such as brucella in Hector's dolphins and tuberculosis in NZ pinnipeds, a number of oiled wildlife projects such as post-release monitoring of NZ dotterels following the C/V Rena and wildlife disease including salmonella in tuatara, avipoxvirus in NZ, malaria in NZ passerines, seabird nutrition and takahe harness injuries.


wildbase-research-collage.jpg Current research projects

Marine mammal

  • Toxoplasmosis as a cause of mortality in Hector's and Maui's dolphins
  • Entry of protozoans into NZ waterways
  • Zoonotic pathogens in NZ sea lions
  • Hypermucoviscous Klebsiella pneumoniae in NZ sea lions
  • Reproductive success in NZ pinnipeds
  • Brucella in Hector's dolphins
  • Tuberculosis in NZ pinnipeds
  • Fungal infections in Hector's dolphins

Oiled wildlife response

  • Investigating the feasibility of salt water washing of oiled sea bird feathers
  • Baseline hydrocarbon levels in NZ coastal and sea birds
  • Post-release monitoring of NZ dotterels following the C/V Rena
  • Post-release monitoring of survival and breeding of little blue penguins following the C/V Rena oil spill

Wildlife disease

  • Coccidiosis in kiwi
  • Salmonella in tuatara
  • Island pathogen systems
  • Avipoxvirus in NZ
  • Kea strike on sheep
  • Malaria in NZ passerines
  • Wobbly possum disease
  • Sequelae of bird capture
  • Diphacinone in short-tailed bats
  • Stereotypic behaviour
  • Light effects on kiwi
  • Leucocytozoon in YEPs
  • Capture myopathy
  • Seabird nutrition
  • Takahe harness injuries
  • Avian malaria
  • Uropygial glands

Read more about Wildbase’s latest research

Dr Kerri Morgan’s investigation into the parasitic disease coccidiosis that affects kiwi in captivity

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