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Veternary Technicians Off-Site Conservation

Punta San Juan Reserve in Peru

Punta San Juan, Peru, is the center of a collaborative field program in which Chicago Zoological Society has been involved for over 10 years. This conservation program focuses on endangered and vulnerable species of marine wildlife such as Humboldt penguins, Peruvian fur seals, South American sea lions, and several species of seabirds on the 150 acres of unique landscape.

Punta San Juan Reserve in Peru

The aim is to provide scientific data regarding wildlife health, population recovery monitoring, foraging ecology and animal movement mapping, while incorporating local community outreach and education.

The Chicago Zoological Society's certified veterinary technicians, play a vital role in working with veterinarians and field biologists. They have the important role of monitoring anesthesia and collecting detailed data on the animals during the immobilizations. This includes evaluating anesthetic depth, closely monitoring heart rate and respirations, and collecting blood, urine, fur and gastric samples. At the end of the long but satisfying days in this beautiful setting, our veterinary technicians still have hours of work ahead of them processing samples from the animals, performing laboratory testing, and report diagnostic results.

Enjoy these great pictures of our certified veterinary technicians in action!

Punta San Juan Reserve in Peru

Punta San Juan Reserve in Peru


Punta San Juan Reserve in Peru

Posted: 7/25/2017 4:40:03 PM by Steve Pine

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