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A herd of Zebra on the African plain with text overlay stating "Ancestral Migrations Stopped at Fencelines"


The Cornell Wildlife Health Center is honored to be featured in Cornell's first Global Grand Challenge - Migrations: Researching, Teaching and Building for a World on the Move, through our One Health partnerships and solutions.
A herd of wildebeest shown crossing a road

Botswana's Department of Veterinary Services and Cornell's AHEAD Program have completed a comprehensive road map that offers real hope for local farmers and wildlife impacted by animal disease.

Our team is working with southern African partners to implement an alternative approach to beef production in places where foot and mouth disease virus resides naturally in wildlife, assisting poor farmers while allowing for a potential reassessment of disease control fences that have blocked key wildlife migration routes for generations.
Wild buffalo on African plain

For generations, international trade practices have dictated that rural southern Africans cannot protect nearby wildlife and, at the same time, farm cattle because of animal disease concerns....
Workshop attendees


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.
Cheetah in the wild

During Cornell University's Reunion 2017, the Cornell Wildlife Health Center held a "talk show" launch event, hosted by Provost Michael I. Kotlikoff and featuring our novel approach to wildlife conservation and the challenges of saving wildlife and wild places.
Cheetah in the wild


Watch the "talk show" launch of Wildlife Health Cornell at Reunion 2017, hosted by Provost Michael I. Kotlikoff and featuring internationally-renowned wildlife health experts discussing our novel approach to wildlife conservation and the challenges of saving wildlife and wild places.
Elephant near water

Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine was awarded $1.7 million from The Rockefeller Foundation to support our pioneering work in Planetary Health.
elephants and giraffe

Veterinary fencing, having killed hundreds of thousands of southern Africa's wild animals since the 1950's by disrupting their key migratory pathways, is no longer the only option for managing foot and mouth disease in the region.