Pink Eye Project

Pink Eye Project

 

This research has the objective to study the sanitary status of wild Caprinae (tahr and chamois) in New Zealand, with a special focus on the occurrence and dynamics of infectious keratoconjunctivitis (IKC) or Pinkeye, an outbreak disease with a scenic clinical presentation.

 

Although chamois and tahr are abundant in New Zealand and have always been subject to hunting and to numerical containment plans as non-native species, they have only occasionally been the object of study as far as diffusive diseases and parasites are concerned. The information available in the official literature is now very scarce and rather dated.tahr pink eye lesions In Europe, IKC has been the subject of numerous field and laboratory investigations that, over time, have clarified its clinical, epidemiology and etiology, as well as its impact at the population level. Outside Europe, the knowledge on IKC in native wild goats is as scarce as in NZ.

 

The term “Citizen Science” is well suited to this situation. Citizen Science projects that deal with collecting reports of abnormal mortality episodes in wild animals are not many, due to a number of limitations, such as the low appeal of the topic for the average citizen. However, experience teaches us that the interest groups can be many and varied - more than we can imagine.

 

In this case, local hunters will represent the foundations for any type of research development.

Through their experience and time spent in the field in direct connection with wildlife, we could work with exhaustive information to better understand the existence and the dynamics of possible outbreak diseases.

 
 
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