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December 2023

A child looking into a bucket with fish in the bottom.

A recent study led by Cornell researchers reveals how environmental changes such as climate change, land use change, and dams on the Mekong River threaten the future of local communities that depend on these ecosystems for their livelihoods and food security.
Biologist Brenda Hanley attaches a transmitter to a free-ranging desert tortoise.

A new method could be used by biologists to estimate the prevalence of disease in free-ranging wildlife and help determine how many samples are needed to detect a disease.
A gorilla in the forest.


Cornell veterinary student Carolina Baquerizo, DVM ‘24, came across this gorilla family while working with Conservation Through Public Health in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to assess the presence of salmonella in gorillas, livestock and people.
Erica Jackson shown with an elk.


Cornell veterinary student Erica Jackson, DVM '25, discusses her experiences working at Six Flags Great Adventure Wild Safari in Jackson, New Jersey over the years.
A flock of flamingos shown up close; from Pixabay by Andrew Martin.

Around 220 flamingos have been found dead in Argentina due to an outbreak of avian influenza, also known as bird flu. Cornell's Dr. Krysten Schuler weighs in on this highly contagious and deadly viral disease.
Markus Hofmeyr with young rhino.

Renowned wildlife veterinarian Dr. Markus Hofmeyr visited Cornell University to share his perspectives on sustainable conservation, focusing on challenges and successes around wildlife reintroduction and rewilding.
An African elephant with birds hitching a ride coming towards the photographer

A massive die-off of the endangered species has been happening in sub-Saharan Africa since 2020. Until now, the culprit was unknown. A new study has shown the cause to be a bacterium not previously found in elephants of any species, called Bisgaard taxon 45, that causes septicemia.


There are times in life where things don’t go as expected, including on June 13, 2023, when I showed up for the first day of my project at SANCCOB, the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds, as part of Cornell’s Expanding Horizons Program....