Retrospective studies have identified gastrointestinal (GI) diseases, in particular, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), as the second leading cause of captive adult red wolf mortality.
Is there a relationship between the gut biome and gastrointestinal health of captive red wolves?
The gut is filled with millions of bacteria that are vital to maintaining healthy gut, immune, and metabolism functions. Several factors, like diet, can influence the type of bacteria present in the gut and their abundance. If there is a change in the indigenous gut bacteria present and/or their abundance, it can lead to a decrease in immune function, nutrient uptake and gastrointestinal health.
Join Morgan Bragg and the Wolf Conservation Center for a free and informative webinar on May 28, 2020, at 6 p.m. eastern, to learn how diet impacts the gut bacteria community in red wolves, and why it is important to keep the captive red wolf gut as “wild” as possible.