Fall 2021

Because we need nature, and now nature needs us
Dear Friends of the Cornell Wildlife Health Center,

Cornell has just officially launched our “To Do the Greatest Good” campaign, kicking-off a five-year goal of raising $5 billion by 2026 under three pillars: educating the next generation of leaders; tackling the world’s most pressing sustainability, health, and equity challenges; and connecting Cornell with the world.

We’re proud to be a part of this campaign and are excited about the Cornell Wildlife Health Center’s campaign-aligned mission to ensure a healthy future for wildlife, people, and the environment that supports us all. Whether we’re talking about the global climate crisis, biodiversity loss, or preventing the next pandemic, our collective future depends on how well we treat the natural world. Birthed during the early days of the pandemic in March of 2020, the Cornell Wildlife Health Center’s fundamental goal is to help humanity make more holistic, better-informed decisions, in terms of land- and ocean-use planning, public health policy, and environmental conservation.

As the founding director of the Center, I feel compelled to convey that we truly need additional help at this pivotal moment. Our critical work is completely dependent upon funding we're able to raise, and with your support, we hope to start 2022 with the ability to make significant new One Health impact investments to:

Expand One Health Fellowships and Experiential Learning

Graduate students and early-career conservation scientists frequently contact us seeking opportunities to work alongside our top-tier faculty devoted to wildlife health, public health, and environmental stewardship. Every student we have to turn away due to a lack of funding is a missed opportunity. With your support, our goal is to establish a full suite of One Health Fellowships and experiential learning opportunities that are accessible and affordable to young colleagues-to-be from the U.S. and around the world. We simply must train the next generation of One Health and conservation leaders, grounded in the broader realities of today’s global governance, environmental, socioeconomic, and equity challenges — as well as those of tomorrow.

Address Key Threats to Species, Ecosystems, and Humanity

Our focus is on real-world impact through the delivery of science-based solutions to the most important and largely interlinked challenges of our time — from climate change to environmental degradation, from emerging diseases to food insecurity, poverty, and biodiversity loss. This is reflected in our team’s ongoing work with policymakers on ways to prevent future pandemics; in our work developing ways to protect the health of flagship species such as tigers, snow leopards, elephants, and rhinos; in our shepherding of high-level policy discussions to secure some of Africa’s last great wildlife migration corridors while supporting local livelihoods, and in our work to sustain New York’s diverse wildlife resources. Funding is critically needed to endow and retain top-notch Cornell faculty who are innovators in their fields.

Drive Progress through Partnerships

Drawing on our diverse team of experts who take the time needed to engage key local stakeholders, we know that strong partnerships lead to innovative ‘win-win’ solutions for wildlife, people, and planet. Connecting Cornell to the world, we work with a vast network of partners including U.S. and foreign governments, multilateral agencies, NGOs, foreign universities, and local communitiesthe very people who are the frontline stewards of what remains of wild nature. We believe that social and environmental equity underpin a sustainable future for all of us.

Cornell is the only Ivy League institution with a focus on wildlife health. Being based at this extraordinary institution gives us a unique comparative advantage, with our access to an unparalleled diversity of expertise and cutting-edge technological capabilities to develop holistic, long-term solutions that benefit the health of people and nature alike.

Will you help us to meet the challenges of the moment and to scale our impact at home and around the world – “to do the greatest good” – today?
With deep gratitude,


Steve Osofsky, DVM
Director, Cornell Wildlife Health Center
Jay Hyman Professor of Wildlife Health & Health Policy
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
2019-2021 Cornell Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Katherine McClure has been working with partners to help save Hawai‘i’s native bird populations from deadly avian malaria.
KAZA Ten Years On: World’s largest terrestrial transfrontier conservation area requires true habitat connectivity, as explained in a letter to Science by the Cornell Wildlife Health Center's Director Dr. Steve Osofsky and WWF-Namibia’s Dr. Russell Taylor.
History is pockmarked with the scars of past zoonotic disease outbreaks. The Cornell Wildlife Health Center's Dr. Steve Osofsky discusses how global cooperation in a unified “one health” effort is needed to prevent the next pandemic.
By testing easier-to-study coyotes, a Cornell-led team has identified a range of diseases threatening black-footed ferrets – one of the most endangered animals in North America.
One of this year's Ig Nobel Prizes was awarded to Cornell’s Dr. Robin Radcliffe and team for research on whether it's safer for anesthetized rhinos to be transported hanging upside-down from a helicopter or on their side in a vehicle when being moved to aid conservation efforts. Watch the announcement here!
Vaccines are increasingly being used to conserve endangered wildlife. Cornell’s Dr. Martin Gilbert found that if veterinarians were able to vaccinate just two wild Amur tigers per year against canine distemper virus, they would significantly reduce extinction risk.
Congratulations to Cornell's Dr. Krysten Schuler, who was named a 2021 Wildlife Society Fellow in recognition of her exceptional service to the wildlife profession.
Cornell veterinary student Jared Zion '23 reflects on his unforgettable experience caring for a diversity of animals as a summer extern at the Israeli Wildlife Hospital in Tel Aviv.
Your gift literally means the world to us!
Our critical work is completely dependent upon funding we're able to raise. Will you help us to meet the challenges of the moment and to scale our impact at home and around the world?
Did you know there are many other ways to give?
  • Make a gift of securities, including stocks, bonds, or mutual funds
  • Make a qualified charitable distribution from your IRA 
  • Name us as a beneficiary of your estate or trust
  • Donate through your donor-advised fund
  • Set-up a gift annuity

Please consider supporting the Cornell Wildlife Health Center by giving online or contacting Alison Smith at 607-254-6129 or ars1@cornell.edu. Naming opportunities can also be explored.
The Cornell Wildlife Health Center transforms science into impact through discovery, education, engagement, and policy to ensure a healthy future for wildlife and the environment that supports us all.

To learn more about the Cornell Wildlife Health Center, please contact Dr. Steve Osofsky at s.osofsky@cornell.edu or visit our website.

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Cornell Wildlife Health Center | wildlife.cornell.edu | s.osofsky@cornell.edu