Scientific Research

What kind of research is Kanyana involved in?

Kanyana has significantly contributed to native animal health by being involved in many research projects. Researchers have looked into bobtail flu (also called Upper Respiratory Tract Infection/URTI), bobtails as intermediate hosts of the nematode Abbreviata antartica, health management of bilbies, and the wart virus found in Western Barred Bandicoots.

At the 2016 Australian Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference in Melbourne, Kanyana volunteer Lindy Brice presented a paper on AGY. You can download it here (PDF 5.6MB).

At the 2018 Australian Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference in Sydney, Kanyana volunteers Lindy Brice and Gwyneth Thomas presented a paper on Coccidia. You can download it here

At the 2018 Australian Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference in Sydney, Kanyana volunteer Carol Jackson presented a paper on Improving Treatment Outcomes for Bobtail Lizards. You can download it here

Why does Kanyana do scientific research?

Kanyana has access to thousands of native animals every year, who are often sick or diseased. As well as our mandate to rehabilitate wildlife, we have the opportunity to partner with universities to study what causes sickness – and how to treat it – as well as study the general life habits of some of the rarer species. 

Who does Kanyana work and partner with?

Research at Kanyana is conducted by researchers from a variety of institutions including Murdoch University, University of Western Australia, Edith Cowan University and Curtin University.

Kanyana has been recognised for its unique wildlife training potential and has a formal education and training role with Murdoch University and informal roles with Curtin University and UWA. Undergraduate veterinary students spend a set time at Kanyana, as part of their 2nd year and 5th year course requirements, to gain and further their experience with wildlife. Postgraduate students in Conservation Medicine can complete their practical placements at eight facilities around the world; Kanyana is one of them.

Has Kanyana been responsible for any new discoveries?

There have been numerous new species of coccidia discovered at Kanyana. The first of these, Eimeria kanyana was discovered in western barred bandicoots in 2006 and the work published in the Journal of Parasitology 92 (6) (2006) 1292-1294.  Researchers from Murdoch University have recently discovered and partially characterized a novel Nidovirus that is associated with respiratory disease in wild shingleback lizards (PLOS One 11 (11) (2016).

Where can we read the published papers?

You can purchase journal articles online through the Journal of Parasitology or the Journal of Experimental Parasitology (for the other new species of coccidia discovered).  If you are a student or staff member of a university, you don’t have to pay; you can log in through your library and access the articles using your university’s subscription.

How can I get involved?

Kanyana has always tried to accommodate self-funded researchers, and has provided research opportunities for many undergraduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral students.

Please do not contact us to start your research if you do not have a project planned through a university or funding.