The rather young subject of wildlife pathology is so large that the limitations of both time and knowledge permit but a brief review here of some diseases encountered in our native fauna this year.
Due to necessary restrictions on capture of our native fauna for scientific research , the material utilized for this thesis was forwarded from local wildlife sanctuaries, the Royal Queensland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty (R.Q.S.P.C.), the Queensland Museum, the National Parks and Wildlife Services (Queensland), and various faculties of the University of Queensland. The subject matter presented in this thesis was compiled from the histories provided with each case, the clinical examination, when available, and autopsy findings of each case. Unfortunately, clinical observations were lacking in a great many cases as animals were often submitted moribund, or showed no evidence of illness up until the time of death. Close clinical observation of some species of our native fauna, especially unsedated koalas, was often impossible, as thorough examination would entai] the handling of the specimen; a practice always fraught with danger both to the clinician and animal alike.
Because of the interaction of diseases between free'- living wild animals, domestic stock and man, it is in all our interests to disclose as much as we can about disease in general, It is hoped that this thesis will add in a small way to the knowledge already gained in wildlife pathology. ...................................