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What is Wildpro?

Electronic Encyclopaedia

The Wildpro® Electronic Encyclopaedia is designed as a one-stop source of information on the health and management of captive and free-living wild animals, and emerging infectious diseases. Because of the huge breadth of the encyclopaedia, and the depth of the information contained within it, Wildpro® is being developed in a series of volumes, each of which can be used separately (provided on CD-ROM) or as a part of the whole encyclopaedia (available on the website).

Individual Wildpro® volumes are based on a species or group of species (e.g. Hedgehogs: Health and Management, Waterfowl: Health and Management), a disease (e.g. Foot-and-Mouth Disease, West Nile Virus), or a group of techniques (e.g. Wildlife: First Aid and Care, Wildlife: Disease Investigation and Management (Birds)).

All data within the Wildpro® Encyclopaedia are fully referenced, and volumes and pages are refereed by experts within the relevant fields. Hyperlinks are used to indicate where further information may be found and wherever two pieces of information are logically associated with one another. A large Glossary provides definitions of specialist vocabulary. A taxonomic tree provides information on all of the Living Kingdoms, to various levels of detail: for mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, at least to a list of genera in a given family.

Electronic Library

The Wildpro® Electronic Library contains more than 200 documents ranging in size from single page factsheets or pamphlets to whole books such as the classic 1910 text "Elephants and Their Diseases" (G.H. Evans), the "Field Manual of Wildlife Diseases" (National Wildlife Health Center, USGS) and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust's "Wetlands, Wildlife and Industry: a manual of principles and practice." Some are provided in Portable Document Format (.pdf files), others as web pages (some are presented in both formats).

This library is a huge resource for anyone with an interest in wildlife health and management or emerging infectious diseases. It brings together a wealth of information from a wide variety of sources. The documents are directly linked from the main Wildpro® Encyclopaedia where relevant.

Many of these documents are hard to find. While some are available elsewhere on the Web, others are not available in an electronic format except in this Library, and some are also out of print. By granting permission for us to reproduce them in the Wildpro® Library, the copyright holders have increased the accessibility of these documents.

Each document has been made available within the Wildpro® Library by kind permission of the copyright holder, in which case copyright remains with the originator, or is in the public domain.

Disclaimer and Intellectual Property

The information contained within Wildpro® has been derived from many different sources. The majority of the information is presented as stated in the references without substantial editorial revision. Where management protocols and regimens are described, the user should understand that the medicines/protocols may not be licensed/recommended for a particular species in the country of use. The user must exercise proper regard for the legislation and guidelines produced by their relevant governing bodies. It is incumbent on the user to provide sound professional judgment when utilising these data and if indicated to consult the references listed.

The Wildpro® project and Twycross Zoo - East Midland Zoological Society cannot guarantee the accuracy of the data and accept no responsibility for the application of the information contained within.

Third Party Copyright

Copyright for the supporting documentation and the images is retained by the original authors / illustrators / photographers / publishers. If you wish to duplicate / use this material please either contact the originators (details are usually available in Wildpro® in the appropriate section) or email us at

Please feel free to link to Wildpro® and to download data from pages in the main system for private use, scientific and educational purposes. We would appreciate your courtesy in acknowledging Wildpro® Multimedia if you use the system for data or as a reference source.

Directories of Organisations and Websites

The information within the Directories of Wildpro® has been taken directly from the organisations' own websites or has been kindly provided by the organisations. Each entry contains information on the organisation's aims and work. Contact details include, where available, direct links to their websites. We have taken every effort to ensure that the information is correct at the time of publication but cannot guarantee the accuracy of the data. Inclusion in this directory does not imply that we take any responsibility for, or endorses the actions of, these organisations. These directories are living documents and the editors welcome entry revisions and updated information.

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