WIN was founded in 1992 by Suzanne Boardman, who was a vet at London Zoo. She recognised the urgent need to disseminate clear, reliable, practical veterinary information to colleagues working at zoos, wildlife sanctuaries, animal health clinics, field stations and rehabilitation centres around the world.
WIN was launched in the early 1990s. Through their website WIN provides information on the health, husbandry, diagnosis and treatment of wildlife and the control of emerging infectious diseases in free-ranging wildlife populations.
So far WIN has produced much needed comprehensive volumes on subjects such as:
- Elephants: Diseases and Treatment
- Wildlife: Oil Spill Response
- Pain Management in Ruminants
In 2007 WIN went 'Open Access'. This allowed zoos and sanctuaries in third world countries to access much needed information free of charge from locations around the globe.
For more information on WIN and their work visit www.wildlifeinformation.org.
Novel Technologies for surveillance of Emerging and Re-emerging Infections of Wildlife
Twycross Zoo - East Midland Zoological Society is one of 13 partners involved in the four-year EU-funded (FP7) 'WildTech' project, which aims to develop novel technologies for the surveillance of emerging and re-emerging wildlife diseases. The project commenced in July 2009, and is being led by the University of Nottingham. The Zoo's role in the WildTech project is to collate information on priority pathogens and diseases so that it can be made available to wildlife professionals worldwide through WIN and the Wildpro Electronic Encyclopaedia and Library. This project is supported by the European Commission under the Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology Theme of the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, grant agreement no. 222633.