Liza Dadone

Liza Dadone

Colorado Springs, CO

Adjunct Faculty in Avian, Exotics, & Zoological Medicine, Colorado State University; Clinical Associate Faculty, Western University College of Veterinary Medicine

Vice President of Mission & Programs. I oversee the veterinary, conservation, & education departments at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

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Published on Jun 21, 2020

When do giraffe stop getting taller?

As we celebrate the world's tallest mammal on the longest day of the year (June 21), we wanted to update you on our research. While the study was designed to compare foot health between zoo and wil...

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Published on Jun 20, 2020

5 giraffe treated so far with stem cells!

As part of our celebration of World Giraffe Day (June 21), we wanted to share some exciting updates on this project. Thanks to the research you helped make possible, five giraffe around the country...

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Published on Oct 09, 2018

We're getting the word out! Ahoy from the international zoo vet conference in Prague, where we've just presented our results!

The results are in...there ARE major differences in foot shape, weight bearing, and bone health for zoo and wild giraffe! This is helping us now develop new protocols to help guide hoof trims and m...

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Published on Nov 07, 2017

We're making progress! We've now studied X-rays from 24 wild giraffe. But as with most things, the more you know, the more questions you have.

During Operation Twiga, we anesthetized younger/smaller animals as these would be safer to transport to their new habitat. The X-rays show that many of these giraffe were still growing taller and h...

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Published on Sep 04, 2017

We helped w giraffe conservation AND did our wild giraffe x-ray study in Uganda! We have a lot of data to analyze now, but it looks like there are some important differences between giraffe in zoos & the wild.

We helped w giraffe conservation AND did our wild giraffe x-ray study in Uganda! We have a lot of data to analyze now, but it looks like there are some important differences between giraffe in zoos...

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Published on Jul 29, 2017

We're going to Uganda! Same study, different location. It will be epic!

We're changing the location for the wild hoof study from Namibia to Uganda! In August, the Ugandan government will be relocating wild giraffe across the Nile River back to their historic home range...

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Thank you! This project really speaks to how the zoo community and beyond is coming together to help giraffe. Thanks for being part of making this happen!
Nov 30, 2016
Fancy footwork: How different are the feet of zoo and wild giraffe?
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Thank you so much!
Nov 30, 2016
Fancy footwork: How different are the feet of zoo and wild giraffe?
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Thank you so much for sticking your neck out to help giraffe!
Nov 11, 2016
Help us pioneer stem cell therapy for giraffe!
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Thanks Gary for your question and for supporting the project! Valerie is a vet in the regenerative medicine lab at CSU vet school. Even for new species, it generally cost about $1,200 to grow a stem cell line from blood samples. Some cases show improvement after a single treatment, but most need at least 3 stem cell treatments to show signs of marked improvement. They recently worked with a severely arthritic mountain lion that went from having to a severe limp to only a very mild one. In that case, they were able to take the lion off pain meds after the stem cell treatment series. All the thermal imaging will be at no additional cost, as we have a unit at the zoo and I'm trained to use it. The one other project expense will be bloodwork monitoring, but again that is relatively low, all things considered.
Nov 04, 2016
Help us pioneer stem cell therapy for giraffe!
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It isn't easy on joints to weigh a ton. This imaging really helps us see joint inflammation and if treatments are making a difference. I think stem cell treatments will likely dramatically decrease this inflammation, and help keep arthritic giraffe comfortably.
Nov 03, 2016
Help us pioneer stem cell therapy for giraffe!
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Thank you Ron for supporting this project! I've been impressed w the clinical effects of stem cell therapy in some of our cases, and would love to see it help us better manage some of our geriatric giraffe.
Nov 01, 2016
Help us pioneer stem cell therapy for giraffe!
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