Wildlife Health Cornell Center of Excellence represents
an unprecedented approach to the health challenges wild animals face here in the northeast U.S. and around the world - a comprehensive, science-based response by a team of the world's top wildlife and ecosystem health experts.
It's been an exciting few months for our
Wild Carnivore Health Program - we received two grants, from the
Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and the
Cornell Feline Health Center, to expand our wild carnivore health and conservation efforts in Asia.
The first project, "
Doing More with Less: Sustainable Management of Livestock and Wildlife
," takes us to Tajikistan's Pamir Mountains, where human livelihoods and the entire ecosystem are threatened by livestock overgrazing. By improving animal health and reducing herd size, we can help communities limit their environmental footprint - relieving pressures on wild sheep and goats, as well as the snow leopards that rely on them.
The second project, "
Canine Distemper Virus as a Threat to Tiger Conservation in Tropical Range States
," will further our investigations into the prevalence of canine distemper virus infection in the previously unstudied tiger populations of Indonesia, Thailand, India, and Nepal. Ultimately, this project will enable countries supporting 88% of the world's tigers to evaluate the risks posed by this very important pathogen, first found to impact wild tigers in the Russian Far East.
For more information on the work of the Wildlife Health Cornell
Center of Excellence, please visit www.wildlifehealthcornell.org.
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