Welcome to the Australian Registry of Wildlife Health

The Australian Registry of Wildlife Health is committed to the preservation of Australia's biodiversity through increased understanding of the interaction among animals, the environment, and disease causing agents.

The Australian Registry of Wildlife Health improves Australia's ability to detect and diagnose endemic, emerging and exotic diseases of wildlife that could have negative impacts on Australia's trade/economy, biodiversity, tourism and human health.

Since its inception in 1985, the Registry has grown into a significant resource centre that allows us to better understand the health of Australian ecosystems. As a diagnostic centre, the Registry manages a high wildlife caseload. In fact, at the International Wildlife Disease Association conference in Cairns, 2005, Dr. Philip Ladds presented data illustrating that the Registry has a higher caseload of free ranging animals than all of the State and Commonwealth agriculture agencies combined.

The aim of this website is to improve your access to wildlife health information maintained within the Australian Registry of Wildlife Health. We hope that you will find this site useful and that you will use it as a portal to information maintained within the Registry. This is a dynamic site, offering regular inclusion of new links, information and case reports. We also encourage you to submit your own unusual case reports and information by contacting us on the link supplied.

    Registry Objectives

    What we do:

    • Diagnostic pathology services for state conservation and welfare services, species recovery programs, researchers and wildlife rehabilitators
    • Provide information and advice regarding diseases affecting free-living and captive wildlife in Australia to support species conservation and research endeavours
    • Archive materials and information on wildlife diseases for future reference and research
    • Disseminate information regarding wildlife health through scientific articles, presentations at conferences, and newsletters
    • Educate and train through externships, graduate student training, mentoring, and the organisation of wildlife pathology workshops
    • Provide a window into ecosystem health

    Registry Assets

    What we provide:

    • Expertise and knowledge to support wildlife disease surveillance, research, and education
    • 29 years of animal health information and diagnostic materials
    • A comprehensive Wildlife Health Investigation Manual
    • An increasing number of undergraduate and graduate level educational programs
    • Comparative pathology self-teaching slide sets representing common diseases of Australian fauna
    • A comprehensive collection of digital images representing diseased and healthy fauna
    • A secure, dynamic, online archival system to track wildlife health information, diagnostic materials, photographs, digital images and electronic reports (this software is available to stakeholders)
    • A library containing field manuals, textbooks, manuscripts and reprint journal articles