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Flying fox bats shown roosting in a tree by Hans-Veth-Er7IsQ7cw-o-unsplash

Experts from the Cornell Wildlife Health Center and the Wildlife Conservation Society have partnered on a new analysis focused on how pandemics can be prevented in the future. One basic solution may lie in a global taboo against harming/disturbing bats and their habitats.
A Bald Eagle in flight by Richard Lee/Unsplash

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While the recent population recovery of bald eagles in New York State is a conservation success, evidence from necropsies suggest that ingested lead from ammunition fragments is causing morbidity and mortality to wild eagles.
Sara Childs-Sanford treats Bald Eagle by Carol Jennings/CVM

A bald eagle had been hit by a car the night before arriving at the Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Hospital and was not doing well. A month later, however, she was ready to be discharged and transferred to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
Lesser short-nosed fruit bat

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In this new paper led by Cornell, researchers conclude that a global taboo is needed whereby humanity agrees to leave bats alone, let them have the habitats they need, and live undisturbed by humans to reduce the risk of another pandemic. 
Alyssa Kaganer working in the lab.


Dr. Alyssa Kaganer began working with wildlife as an undergraduate student at Cornell University in 2012. She recalls “stumbling” into research at the Cornell Wildlife Health Lab, where she was mentored by Drs. Krysten Schuler and Elizabeth Bunting.
Great Indian Flying Fox Bat by Hari K Patibanda CC BY 2.0.

Cornell disease ecologist Dr. Raina Plowright has spent a decade studying how Hendra virus spills over from bats to horses and potentially people.
Dhole tracks with measuring tape by Martin Gilbert

Our Wild Carnivore Health Specialist Dr. Martin Gilbert was awarded a seed grant from the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies to tackle issues related to the health of endangered wild dogs (dholes).
Bats flying against a sunset sunset with clouds.

Humanity doesn't have to halt development to avoid pandemic risk, but scientists say a lot needs to change, including recognizing the risk around bat habitats and better assessing dangers related to development in bat lands.
Event organizers with CTPH founders

The Cornell Wildlife Health Center partnered with the student-led Cornell Zoo and Wildlife Society to host Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, founder of Conservation Through Public Health, as a special speaker at Cornell University.
Dr. Krysten L. Schuler of Cornell University receiving The Robert McDowell Award for Conservation Management Excellence.

Congratulations to Cornell's Dr. Krysten Schuler, who received the highest honor from the Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies—The Robert McDowell Award for Conservation Management Excellence.