The National Park Service's Wildlife Health Branch addresses a variety of needs for disease management and prevention in parks. Today, wildlife are more often victims of diseases that are emerging due to human activities and changing landscapes. In these cases prevention and management are often necessary to protect and sustain healthy wildlife populations. Wildlife and ecosystem health are key components of the "One Health" concept, which recognizes that the health of humans, animals and the environment are interconnected.
Last updated: April 6, 2018