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November 2023

A portrait of Cynthia Hopf-Dennis

Dr. Cynthia Hopf-Dennis from the Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Hospital at Cornell University discusses her path to teaching and practicing wildlife medicine and population health to preserve the health and well-being of our native wild animals while educating others about their value.
Sergio Acuna Gutierrez applies antibiotic ointment to the eyes of Mayte, an African White rhinoceros. Photo: Provided


Cornell veterinary student Sergio Acuna Gutierrez traveled to Guadalajara, Jalisco in Mexico for ten weeks to work at the Zoológico Guadalajara. Home to over 3,500 animals from over 300 different species and built on a reserve at the edge of the Huentitan Canyon, Zoológico Guadalajara is one of the largest zoos in all of Latin America.

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This study led by Cornell researchers provides an overview of important toxicants to which honey bees are exposed; behavioral, husbandry, and external environmental factors influencing exposure; impacts of toxicant exposure on individual bee and colony health; and the convergent impacts of stress, nutrition, infectious disease, and toxicant exposures on colony health.
Beyond Fences presentation


A presentation by Dr. Steve Osofsky, Director of the Cornell Wildlife Health Center, at the National Academy of Sciences Board on Animal Health Sciences, Conservation, and Research Fall Board Meeting, Washington, D.C.
Krysten Schuler, director of the Cornell Wildlife Health Lab, looks on as pathologist Gavin Hitchener performs a necropsy on a bald eagle by Noël Heaney.

State agencies are stepping up education and outreach to promote voluntary adoption of non-lead alternatives, acting on recommendations from their Lead Ammunition Working Group, a multidisciplinary partnership that includes the Cornell Wildlife Health Lab.
Members of the wildlife hospital in PPE shown treating a swan.

While avian influenza has affected multiple bird populations and a range of mammal species across the world, the Cornell Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Hospital has optimized its use of clinical medicine, practical precautions, and collaboration to effectively manage the risk of disease transmission among birds in the hospital, and from birds to mammals, including humans.
Honey bee on milkweed by Christine Bogdanowicz.

Led by Cornell's Dr. Karyn Bischoff, an analysis of beeswax in managed honeybee hives in New York finds a wide variety of insecticide, herbicide and fungicide residues, exposing current and future generations of bees to long-term toxicity.
A small herd of elephants in a river.


Enjoy these beautiful wild elephants in Chobe National Park, Botswana - part of the KAZA (Kavango Zambezi) Transfrontier Conservation Area - where we're working to restore key wildlife migration corridors.
Bill Konstant at the book signing table.

Cornell alumnus Bill Konstant ‘74 visited Cornell to give a talk to students, alumni, faculty, and the general public based on his memoir, Wrestles with Wolves: Saving the World One Species at a Time, hosted by the Cornell Wildlife Health Center and the Zoo and Wildlife Society.
Krysten Schuler shown holding a Moose antler.


This Cornell Veterinary Podcast episode features Cornell's Dr. Krysten Schuler, who spends her days working to protect New York State's wildlife from diseases like bear mange, deadly fungus in salamanders, and chronic wasting disease in white-tailed deer.
Earth as a virus Image by Miroslava Chrienova from Pixabay

Flu viruses and coronavirus started the last few pandemics. Could the next one be a paramyxovirus? Cornell's Dr. Raina Plowright weighs in on the risks.
Mountain Chicken Frog shown in a wooded area dunder1564 [CC BY 2.0]

Cornell postdoctoral associate Alyssa Kaganer discusses chytrid disease and how we can help protect amphibians from this deadly fungus.
Red fox family standing in front of an old barn by Christine Bogdanowicz

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This new paper by Cornell researchers presents background and commentary focusing on companion and peri-domestic animals as disease risk for humans, taking into account the human-animal interface and population dynamics between the animals themselves.