Ceva Wildlife Research Fund

A fund dedicated to wildlife protection

The Ceva Wildlife Research Fund is an endowment fund whose objective is to finance applied research projects targeting wild animals to better control the risk of zoonoses, one of Ceva’s major commitments.

It is unique in that it contributes to the preservation of wildlife health, a field of animal health that is under-invested for not being economically viable.

Chaired by Dr. Marc Prikazsky and managed by its Director, Dr. Pierre-Marie Borne, this research endowment fund is a separate legal entity from Ceva Santé Animale.

A scientific committee of 7 people is responsible for giving advice on the various projects (selection, evaluation and follow-up). They meet at least once a year.

Ceva Wildlife Research Fund's missions

  • Committed to preserving biodiversity

  • Fighting against zoonoses – diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans

  • Facilitating interactions between wildlife, farm animals and humans

Ceva Santé Animale created the Wildlife Research Fund with the main objective to finance applied research projects, the results of which will be rapidly visible (three to five years maximum).

For Ceva Wildlife Research Fund projects, research efforts focus on the development of new techniques for the administration of preventive health solutions to ensure protection at source. Among the innovative solutions financed by the fund are vaccines, which are particularly effective in limiting the spread of interspecies diseases, which increase the risk of transmission to humans.

Committed to preserving biodiversity

The Ceva Wildlife Research Fund has already contributed to the funding of several on-the-ground projects aimed at preserving the health of endangered wild animal species. Some of our flagship projects are highlighted below.

Between 2018 and 2021, the koala population in Australia would have decreased by 30%. Several reasons may explain this dramatic situation, in particular the chlamydia that affects a vast majority of individuals concentrated in eastern Australia. This lethal disease is having an impact on their reproduction and long-term survival. This is why the Ceva Wildlife Research Fund is collaborating with the University of the Sunshine Coast in Brisbane, funding the final stage of their vaccine development and associated testing. We are also supporting additional studies to be used in the official registration process of the vaccine.

The research fund also supports Pairi Daiza, awarded the best zoo in Europe, by financing a vaccination program against avian flu, which is widespread in Europe and around the world and therefore threatens the park’s captive birds. This program to preserve the pelicans and peacocks of the Pairi Daiza park is a great example of concrete collaboration with a positive impact.

As part of its projects financing, the endowment fund focused in particular on the fate of the Northern Gannets to protecting them against Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), in collaboration with CNRS.

The Ceva Wildlife Research Fund also supports a pioneering PhD project in collaboration with the APWG, African Pangolin Working Group. The project focuses on the critical conservation of pangolins, as one of the most enigmatic creatures in the animal kingdom, aiming to contribute valuable insights and strategies for their protection.

Fighting against zoonoses - diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans

The risks arising from interactions between humans and wild animals are increasing: 75% of new infectious diseases affecting humans today are of animal origin and they originate mainly in wild animals. It is therefore urgent to act to better understand how these zoonotic diseases affect animals, and better treat them to avoid their spread to humans.

Because the control of diseases that occur in wildlife and the tracing of the origin of outbreaks are particularly complex, this fund will, among other things, support research to address these concerns.

Facilitating interactions between wildlife, farm animals and humans

Ceva Wildlife Research Fund selects projects that promote knowledge about the connection between wildlife, farm animals and humans.

These intricate relationships have significant implications for ecosystem health, agricultural sustainability and human well-being.

Ceva Wildlife Research Fund is part of Ceva’s business purpose: contributing to the future of our diverse planet.

Ceva Wildlife Research Fund's projects

Collaboration in 47 countries.
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