Mammals

Anatomical descriptions of the snow leopard

Project Title: Anatomical descriptions of the snow leopard

Start Date: 2018

Lead Researcher(s): Dr Beth Townsend, Dr Heather Smith and Scott Echols

Contributing Researchers:  Dr Julie Barnes, Dr Erika Crook, Dr Nancy Carpenter, Shaghayeagh Assar, Madelyn Durhman, B Adrian, S Marsh, S Levy, R Hassur, S Nagy, H Mohamed, Dr A Grossman

Project Purpose: To define and publish the anatomy of the snow leopard (Enteroctopus dofleini).  The goal is to create numerous publications highlighting special anatomic features of the snow leopard- especially those that explain special adaptations.  Additionally, we hope to publish the whole animal anatomy.

Funding Needed:  Completed.

Special Notes: Two full grown snow leopards (one male and one female) have been entered into the study.

Publications Produced: Planned early publications in 2020.

 

Australian Marsupial Anatomic Study

Project Title: Australian Marsupial Anatomic Study

Start Date: 2020

Lead Researcher(s): Dr Justin Adams, Dr Scott Echols

Contributing Researchers:  To be determined.

Project Purpose: To define and publish the anatomy of opportunistically available Australian marsupials.  We will likely begin with brush tailed possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) and koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus).  Part of the purpose is to determine how best to preserve, contrast perfuse and study marsupials many of which are in decline in the wild.

Funding Needed:  To be determined.

Special Notes: The information gained from this preliminary study will be used to work towards endangered marsupials such as the Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) and even extinct species currently preserved in special collections.

Publications Produced:  Not at this time.

 

California Sea Lion Anatomy Study

Project Title: California Sea Lion Anatomy Study

Start Date: 2020

Lead Researcher(s): Dr Beth Townsend, Sea World, Dr Scott Echols

Contributing Researchers:  Justin A. Georgi, Ph.D., Ari Grossman, Ph.D., Margaret I. Hall, Ph.D., Christopher P. Heesy, Ph.D., Andrew Lee, Ph.D., Erin Simons, Ph.D., Heather Smith, Ph.D., Juan Rodriquez-Sosa, Brent Adria, M.F.A., Nora Wells

Project Purpose: To define and publish the anatomy of California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) heads.

Funding Needed:  Fully funded.

Special Notes: This is designed to be a primary and pilot study.  The primary study involves documenting the anatomy of the sea lion heads.  Also, this study serves as a pilot for studying the anatomy of other large sea mammals such as whales and dolphins.  Additionally, we hope to document the full anatomy of a sea lion if one becomes opportunistically available and there is dissection/documentation time available.

Publications Produced:  Not at this time.

 

Sloth Anatomy Study

Project Title: Sloth Anatomy Study

Start Date: 2020

Lead Researcher(s): Dr Ray Wilhite, Dr Scott Echols

Contributing Researchers:  To be determined.

Project Purpose: To define and publish the anatomy of opportunistically available sloths.  Since our first submission is a two toed sloth (Choloepus sp), this will be the first animal to be examined.

Funding Needed:  Currently, fully funded for the first sloth only.

Special Notes: The information gained from this preliminary study will be used to work towards a compilation of information on sloth anatomy.  Special thanks to Dr Attila Molnar for his contribution.

Publications Produced:  Not at this time.