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Wildlife, Livestock & Human Health Interactions, Steve Osofsky

Wildlife veterinarian and Wildlife Conservation Society's Director of Wildlife Health Policy Steve Osofsky discusses the intersections between wildlife, livestock and human health. He tells “The WildLife” host Laurel Neme that, as more countries in southern Africa and around the world find their nature-based activities contributing more to their economies than traditional land uses of forestry, fisheries and agriculture, understanding how wildlife, livestock and human health interact is vital to avoid unintended consequences and maximize benefits from transboundary conservation activities. He provides concrete examples of innovative ways of managing livestock and wildlife diseases to create win-win opportunities for all.

Dr. Osofsky worked for years at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas as the Director of Animal Health Services, where he cared for a variety of exotic game, before moving to Botswana in 1991 when he became the first Wildlife Veterinary Officer for Botswana’s Department of Wildlife and National Parks (in the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism). Since leaving Botswana, his career expanded well outside the bounds of a traditional veterinary clinical career into a variety of policy positions, including at the U.S. Agency for International Development and World Wildlife Fund. Since 2002, he’s been at the Wildlife Conservation Society, first as that organization’s first Senior Policy Advisor for Wildlife Health and now as Director of Wildlife Health Policy. In addition to his current position with WCS, Dr. Osofsky is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland and has served on eight International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (IUCN/SSC) Specialist Groups.  (First aired on March 1, 2010 and was rebroadcast on September 6, 2010.)

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