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Cottontail rabbit shown walking on green grass

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Keeping New York State wildlife rehabilitators informed and prepared for emerging disease threats is an important part of surveillance and prevention at the Cornell Wildlife Health Lab.
Eastern box turtle

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Most people value wildlife encounters, and there’s a fascination that comes from a taxa so vastly different than our own. But, many species of reptiles and amphibians are declining in the wild, facing threats such as habitat loss, unscrupulous collection, and disease. Therefore, great care must be taken to ensure that we do not negatively impact that which we love.
Vet student with rhino

At a critical time for the future of life on Earth, The College of Veterinary Medicine announces the establishment of the Cornell Wildlife Health Center. The new center focuses on catalyzing multidisciplinary collaboration to address wildlife health challenges worldwide, while immersing students in unique learning experiences at home and abroad.
Raccoon on a tree

Vaccinations are intended to help our immune systems protect us from a disease. They prevent outbreaks of disease in humans and domestic animals. What about wild animals? Do they get vaccinated too?
Amphibian close-up

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The One Health concept recognizes that the health of people is connected to that of animals and the environment. Amphibians have been documented to help keep forests healthy while also serving as key indicators of water quality.
A small bat shown being gently held in hand

Cornell's wildlife experts weigh-in on the impact of white-nose syndrome, a fungus that has been devastating bat populations across North America, with a mortality rate that can often reach 90 to 100 percent.
Two Gray geese in flight over water

The Cornell Wildlife Health Lab has created StaPOPd, an interactive online tool that helps calculate how many plants or animals need to be introduced into a habitat in order to establish a stable population - a critical piece of information for conservation projects.
A porcupine shown on a rocky substrate

Cornell's Dr. Laura Goodman helped to identify a new deadly fungal disease in porcupines, adding to the list of species hit by such outbreaks. The newly discovered fungal disease is zoonotic, which means it can be passed on to humans, although there are no documented cases of this occurring.
White-tailed deer

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing new regulations to prevent chronic wasting disease (CWD) from entering the state. CWD is a fatal nervous system disease that affects deer, elk, and moose. According to Cornell's Dr. Krysten Schuler, New York has avoided outbreaks in its deer populations since 2005.