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A collage of endangered species that includes three big cats, elephant and rhino

The third Friday of May is Endangered Species Day. Primarily as a result of human activities, our planet’s biodiversity is shrinking at an unprecedented rate. The Cornell Wildlife Health Center is proud to support a diverse range of species and ecosystems through our work.
A rhino being prepped for airlifting with a team of researchers working together

A research team led by Cornell's Dr. Robin Radcliffe found that airlifting critically endangered black rhinos upside down when moving them away from poaching hotspots is better for rhino health than lying them down on stretchers.
Rhino hanging upside down from helicopter

In an effort to save endangered rhinos, Cornell researchers and Namibian colleagues found that transporting rhinos upside down from helicopters was safe and quick.
Rhino hanging upside down

To keep rhinos safe from poaching and to distribute individuals across habitats, management teams must often tranquilize rhinos in remote areas that cannot be accessed by roads — this often leaves one option: airlifting them out via helicopter.
Rhino hanging upside down

For Your Information

In a new study published in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine scientists have found that when moving endangered rhinoceroses in an effort to save the species, hanging them upside down by their feet is the safest way to go.
Cornell Red-tailed Hawk in flight by Christine Bogdanowicz 2020

The Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine has released its 2020 Annual Report, detailing its progress in its key strategic priority areas, including "Advances in Animal, Human and Ecosystem Health."
Cornell student teaching children about the role sea birds play in the ecosystem

Blog

Cornell veterinary student Alexander Levitskiy ’24 reflects on his experience working in Indonesia last summer as part of an international program that exposes students to wildlife conservation work.
Indonesian jungle

Cornell undergraduate Montana Stone ’19 is documenting the normal vocalizations of Javan rhinos for the first time. The recordings will allow scientists to better monitor the Javan rhino population, gain insights into group dynamics and structure, and potentially help to identify ideal candidates for eventual translocation to establish a second population.
Scopes Annual Report

Now more than ever, animal and human health issues require solutions that span oceans and borders - and the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine is hard at work. Read about the impacts our faculty and staff, students, and alumni are having around the globe.
Javan Rhinos

There are only an estimated 68 Javan rhinos left on the planet, and Cornell is working with Indonesian partners to investigate disease threats and translocation techniques to help secure a future for this critically endangered natural treasure.