Friday, August 19, 2022

IBERIAN LYNX Left, a lynx undergoes a procedure. Right, a lynx is released into the wild. Submitted photo
EUREKA – The Sequoia Park Zoo Conservation Lecture Series is virtual for 2021/22 and the next virtual lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16 at 6:45 p.m. Fernando Najera, DVM, MS, Ph.D will join us from the Department of Animal Physiology and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Complutense University of Madrid. He will discuss disease surveillance during the reintroduction of the Iberian lynx in Southwestern Spain.
Zoo updates and information will begin at 6:45 p.m. with the lecture starting at 7 p.m. promptly. Attendees can ask questions to the speaker at the end of the presentation via the chat box on Zoom. Logging in through a free, registered Zoom account is required. The Zoom link will be available on our website at SequoiaParkZoo.net and on our social media. This lecture will not be recorded or available on Facebook. Special thanks to Papa & Barkley for sponsoring the Conservation Lecture Series.
The reintroduction of Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus) populations in Extremadura (Southwestern Spain) has been carried out since 2014. One of the measures to ensure the success of this program is to examine the effects that diseases may have on reintroduction. Since disease may be prevalent at certain sites, reintroduced individuals may present a risk of infection after release. Dr. Nájera received a conservation grant from the Sequoia Park Zoo in 2017 to fund aspects of this project.
 
Dr. Nájera is a wildlife veterinarian who earned both his veterinary degree and Ph.D. in wildlife physiology at the Complutense University of Madrid. Before enrolling in his Ph.D. program, he worked in zoos and wildlife rehabilitation centers in Spain and Ecuador. During his pre-doctoral research, he served as field veterinarian for the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford (WildCRU) leading the chemical immobilization of free-ranging Sunda clouded leopards in Malaysian Borneo.
During this time, he also served as the veterinary manager for the Thailand Clouded Leopard Consortium, an ex-situ captive breeding program for mainland clouded leopards and fishing cats, and also performed clinical evaluations of captive Sunda clouded leopards at different facilities from Borneo and Indonesia. After his Ph.D. field work, he served as the field manager for a wolf conservation project in Idaho, completed an internship in Zoological, Exotic and Wildlife Medicine at the Oklahoma State University and lastly, led the disease surveillance program for the Iberian lynx reintroduction project and the sympatric carnivore community in Southwestern, Central, and South-Central Spain.
Fernando is currently the Canid Conservation Initiative postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Conservation Medicine and the WildCare Institute (Saint Louis Zoo), the Endangered Wolf Center and the Washington University at Saint Louis. Fernando is passionate and devoted to the field of wildlife and zoological medicine with a special interest in free-ranging carnivore medicine and conservation.
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