The cheetah is a unique and iconic species that has suffered severe population declines in the wild over the last several decades. In captivity, they are often afflicted by chronic lymphoplasmacytic gastritis, various renal diseases and ill-defined neurological disorders. Underlying causes for these health problems have to date not been clearly demonstrated. My research therefore uses a systems biology approach to better understand aspects of cheetah physiology, nutrition, health and welfare.
Field anaesthesia of cheetahs and the management of capture induced hyperthermia
Improving the safety and success of wild cheetah immobilizations and translocations.
Investigating the clinical and metabolic effects of glycine supplementation in cheetahs with lymphoplasmacytic gastritis
Investigating the role anda extent of glycine conjugation in the metabolism of xenobiotics and pharmaceutical drugs in cheetahs and other felids
Understanding the impact of various management practices on the stress of captive cheetahs
Understanding the factors that influence gastric acid production and protein digestion in cheetahs
Understanding the production and utilization of creatine in skeletal muscle and other organ systems in cheetahs