read the full article here!Research published this week in the journal Vaccine reports field trials of the oral rabies vaccine SAG2 in Ethiopian wolves, Africa's most threatened carnivore and the world's rarest canid.
The trials, undertaken by the University of Oxford, the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority and the UK Animal and Plant Health Agency in the Bale Mountains of Ethiopia, are the first ever conducted in wild populations of an endangered carnivore.
Researchers from Ethiopia and the UK tested various types of baits and ways to deliver the vaccine, trialling SAG2 in three wolf packs. Of 21 wolves trapped after vaccinations, 14 were positive for a biomarker indicating that the animal had ingested the bait; of these, half showed antibody titres in blood above the universally recognised threshold, and 86% had levels considered sufficient to provide protective immunity to wildlife. Wolves were closely monitored after the vaccination, and all but one of the wolves vaccinated were alive 14 months later (higher than average survival).
this is really cool imo! i actually stumbled across this article like five minutes ago and didn't even know that rabies was such an issue with ethiopian wolves.