From the reviews: “The present one is to be greatly welcomed as fills an important gap in the knowledge of Antarctica. Health of Antarctic Wildlife is a volume with a wide scope … discusses this topic in the context of the complex policy and administration systems for the Antarctic continent. … The book will be very useful for all those interested in the environmental protection of Antarctica and specifically of its fauna. It provides a good starting point for researchers, managers or policy-makers involved in Antarctic work.” (Andres Barbosa, Antarctic Science, Vol. 22 (3), 2010) “This book and its many contributors–28 in all–provide an up-to-date overview of the health of Antarctic birds and seals. For any practising biologist, ecologist or veterinarian interested in Antarctic biology this book is immensely valuable, not only because it brings together information from a wide range of fields and expertise, but … it describes exactly how suspicious die-offs should be treated to minimize the potential spread of disease, and to reduce the risk to the human researchers most likely to discover such events.” (Clive R. McMahon, Polar Research, Vol. 29 (3), 2010) “This book provides a useful and interesting introduction to the health and related issues of Antarctica’s seabirds and seals. … This volume set out to provide an up-to-date overview for a broad audience. … this book does not disappoint and offers a comprehensive primer and source of reference for both scientists and policy advisers … . It brings together a comprehensive set of contributions and an important bibliography that I for one, will consult well into the future.” (P. Tratham, The Journal of Polar Record, Vol. 47, 2011) “‘To provide information in a consolidated form to the Antarctic Treaty Parties who, through domestic legislation and regulation, are responsible for implementing the environmental protection regime in Antarctica. Further the book is intended for use by veterinary and biological scientists, policy makers and administrators whose job it is to protect the health of Antarctica’s wildlife.’ … a highly welcome solid base for further investigation and for further developments in policy. … it is clearly addressed to professional readers and institutional libraries.” (Horst Bornemann, Polar Biology, Vol. 34, 2011)
This book provides a broad assessment of the health of Antarctica’s and seals. It is set against the background of available scientific and environmental information and the political and administrative processes in place. 17 chapters are presented in two parts: "Wildlife Disease" consists of reviews, case studies and health assessments. "External Factors" covers the environmental, administrative and legal aspects.
The term health is used in its widest sense to encompass the normal state and those factors which detract from it including both infectious and non-infectious causes.
A must for veterinary and biological scientists, policy makers and administrators whose job it is to protect Antarctica’s wildlife against the introduction or spread of diseases by human activities.