Explore Blog: Lincoln Park Zoo Vaccinates One Millionth Dog in Serengeti

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Locals willingly travel and line up for vaccines. Photo courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo.

This is rare win-win situation for both wildlife and people.

On April 25th, Lincoln Park Zoo researchers vaccinated their one millionth dog in a now decade-long conservation project designed to save endangered carnivores in Serengeti National Park by eliminating rabies. AZA dives into this story on the Explore blog.

Thanks to the work of Lankester and his team, approximately 150 human lives have been saved from rabies infections per year. Additionally, African wild dogs have returned to the ecosystem after being absent some 20 years, the lion population has rebounded, and populations of other vulnerable native species have been given a much-needed chance to recover.

“This is rare win-win situation for both wildlife and people,” said Lankester. “Rabies in Serengeti wildlife has been eliminated, rabies in domestic animals has been eliminated, and the number of rabies cases in humans has dropped to zero.”

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