Snowy Owl
© Bert de Tilly, CC BY-SA 3.0
The 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. To keep you updated on the exciting things our team is doing around the world, we have recently launched Wildlife Health Cornell: Blogs from the Field!

Visit to hear first-hand from Wildlife Health Cornell scientists as they traverse the globe to promote environmental stewardship, build capacity for sustainable change, and undertake research focused on achieving real-world conservation outcomes.
  • Follow our Wild Carnivore Health Specialist Dr. Martin Gilbert as he travels around the world on his quest to secure a future for wild carnivores.
  • Learn how we are conducting disease surveillance and developing diagnostic tools to promote the health of wildlife populations in the northeastern U.S.
  • Follow our work in promoting sectorally integrative land-use policy to ensure a sustainable future for the people and wildlife of southern Africa.
  • And there are more exciting blog posts to come!

For more information on the work of the Wildlife Health Cornell Center of Excellence, please visit As in the past, we hope you find this e-newsletter useful and thought-provoking. Please let us know! 

- Steve Osofsky, DVM
Jay Hyman Professor of Wildlife Health & Health Policy

Amur Leopard
© Land of the Leopard National Park
In a new paper, Wild Carnivore Health Specialist Dr. Martin Gilbert and colleagues describe the first documented case of canine distemper virus in a wild Amur leopard. With only 80 Amur leopards estimated to be left in the wild, infectious disease can have devastating consequences.
CVM Strategic Plan
Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine released its 2018-2022 Strategic Plan under the theme, Solving the World's Most Pressing Health Challenges. We are extremely excited to announce that one of the core initiatives of focus is "Advances in Animal, Human, and Ecosystem Health," which includes the establishment of the Wildlife Health Cornell Center of Excellence.
Eastern Hellbender
© Brian Gratwicke, CC BY 2.0
Hellbenders are giant aquatic salamanders that inhabit streams in the eastern U.S., and help serve as an indicator of clean, healthy water. Wildlife Health Cornell scientists collaborated with award-winning nature videographer David Brown to document the work we are doing to help their declining populations.
Coral Reef
Cornell scientists and partners have discovered that plastic trash in the world's oceans causes a frighteningly high (20-fold) increase in the chance of disease in coral. Healthy coral reefs are the foundation of biodiversity in the world's oceans, and this work is helping to drive anti-pollution policy.
Wild Turkey
Wildlife Health Cornell scientists and partners have found that Lymphoproliferative Disease Virus could be one of the causes of declining wild turkey populations in New York State.
Palm Oil Plantation
© Achmad Rabin Taim, CC BY 2.0
In an interview with the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine, Cornell Planetary Health Scientist Dr. Montira Pongsiri discusses this new field - focused on addressing linkages between human-induced environmental change and public health.
Bald Eagle
A bald eagle and northern harrier poisoned by lead and a rodenticide, respectively, are expected to make full recoveries after receiving treatment from Wildlife Health Cornell veterinarians at the Swanson Wildlife Health Center.
Cattle in Africa
© M. Atkinson
Our work with southern African partners to reconcile decades of conflict between the livestock and wildlife sectors continues to progress. Proceedings are now available from the "Working towards a Win-Win Solution for Livestock Agriculture & Wildlife Conservation in Ngamiland, Botswana" forum held in partnership with the Government of Botswana. 
Snow Leopard
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The Wildlife Health Cornell Center of Excellence envisions a healthy future for wildlife, people and planet. We strive to develop proactive, science-based approaches for sustaining a healthier world. By improving knowledge, understanding, and capacity at the interface of wildlife health, domestic animal health, and human health and livelihoods, environmental stewardship can be enhanced today, and for tomorrow.
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