One Health Fair at the Saint Louis Zoo

On Saturday, April 16, 2016, the Saint Louis Zoo hosted its annual One Health Fair. It was a beautiful Spring day in St. Louis, and zoo attendance was nearly 30,000! These visitors to the Zoo learned about the links between wildlife conservation and human health from Saint Louis Zoo staff, St. Louis University and Washington University medical students, and University of Illinois veterinary students.

This year’s stations included:

  • Zoonotic pathogens: the diseases that connect humans and animals and that threaten wildlife conservation and human public health
  • Camel health in Kenya: how climate change leads to livestock changes and without proper preventive measures may threaten wildlife conservation and human public health
  • Lemurs: ecosystem health issues in Madagascar, an island nation with both immense biodiversity and human poverty
  • Orangutans: how palm oil (heart healthy!) production threatens orangutan survival by habitat destruction
  • Ozark hellbenders: the role of these amazing creatures, both as indicators of water quality issues and as helpers in maintaining water quality in Missouri rivers
  • Pollinators: how the loss of bumblebees, butterflies, and bats impacts pollination and ecosystem and human health
  • Vultures: how their decline in many regions of the world leads to human health issues – really!
  • Water quality: how water quality and availability issues are of global concern for animal and human health
  • Nature Deficit Disorder: why we need nature, and how to connect kids (and their adults!) to nature
  • Climate Change: how melting ice affects the lives and health of both Alaska Natives and polar bears