ST. LOUIS – The Saint Louis Zoo Institute for Conservation Medicine will sponsor the sixth annual “One Health” fair on Saturday.
The Zoo is in collaboration with Saint Louis University School of Medicine, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, and Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.
A worldwide strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaboration as well as communication for all aspects of health care, One Health focuses on health care for humans, animals, and the environment. The intended collaboration and communication is all for the interest of “advancing the health of each, with an emphasis on prevention.”
The sixth annual fair will be held at the Zoo on Saturday, April 13th, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. During the fair, visitors will have the chance to earn a prize when they stop by stations where Zoo staff members and university students will be to explain the links between wildlife conservation and human health.
At the sixth annual “One Health” fair visitors will stop at the following stations:
Climate Change: Discover how changing climates are affecting the lives and health of animals and humans.
Water Quality: Water quality and availability issues are of global concern for animal and human health. Learn how the Ozark hellbenders are both indicators of water quality and helpers in maintaining water quality in Missouri Rivers.
Pollinators and Habitat Loss: Learn how the loss of bumblebees, butterflies, and bats impact pollination, which in turn impacts ecosystems and human health.
Palm Oil and Orangutans: Learn how heart healthy palm oil production threatens orangutan and human survival by habitat destruction, and how you can support responsible palm oil companies while still eating healthy.
Camel Health in Kenya: Learn how climate change leads to livestock (camel) changes and without proper preventive measures may threaten both wildlife conservation and human public health.
Vultures: Learn how vulture population decline in many of the world leads to human health issues.
Plastic Pollution: Learn how the abundance of plastic pollution is affecting animal, ecosystem, and human health.
Nature Benefits to Human Health: Spending time in nature or with animals has been proven to lower stress levels and decrease heart rates. Learn about the potential health benefits of visiting a zoo.
Admission to the Saint Louis Zoo and all One Health activities is free. While the Zoo is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, the One Health Fair will happen from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. More information can be found here.
FEATURED IMAGE/One Health Fair Pollinators Station/SAINT LOUIS ZOO