Disease Risk Analyses for Tuberculosis Detection and Prevalence in Elephants
Identification of risk factors and assessment of currently available diagnostic methods in U.S. elephants provides information that can be used for making recommendations to minimize transmission and prevent infection. Improved interpretation of diagnostic tests, identification of risk factors associated with infection, and assessment of the current infection status of the U.S. elephant population facilitates decision-making by elephant managers, veterinarians, and regulatory officials regarding movement, treatment, and management of elephants to prevent TB infection.
Investigating a Low Tech Method of Cryopreserving Elephant Sperm
Cryopreservation of semen for use with artificial insemination has the potential to be a valuable tool in the management of elephants. Unfortunately, post‐thaw motility of cryopreserved Asian elephant sperm is usually poor. This study investigates the use of manual seeding to control ice crystal propagation and thawing at temperatures higher than 37C as a method of increasing post‐thaw sperm quality of cryopreserved Asian elephant sperm.