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Free-roaming dog shown curled up asleep on the ground.

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Canine distemper virus is a global multi-host pathogen that can be fatal in a range of species. This latest study shows that the presence of free-roaming dogs around protected areas in Nepal could represent a source of infectious disease for transmission to local wildlife, including endangered tigers.
African forest image by Yaayaa Diallo from Pixabay

An investigation conducted by ProPublica found that deforestation could increase the risk of Ebola spilling over into people at several sites in Africa. As part of their research, ProPublica consulted with Cornell's Dr. Raina Plowright, who is also a senior author of the theoretical model used in their analysis.
Moose cow and calf courtesy of NYS DEC.

Cornell scientists have been part of a multiphase project looking at factors influencing reproductive and survival rates of adult moose, availability of moose habitat and population estimates.
AA Bengal tiger walking through the jungle by R. Gilbert

Cornell researchers have confirmed the first cases of canine distemper virus in tigers and leopards in Nepal. This is significant, as both populations are already threatened and the virus can cause fatal neurological disease.
Dr. Laura Goodman holding one of the nanoscale PCR pathogen arrays her lab has developed.

Cornell's Dr. Laura Goodman says there's evidence that warming temperatures have already led to the emergence of a new fungal disease, Candida auris. She says that it's probably harmless for many people, but those with compromised immune systems may be at risk.
Indian leopard sitting in a tree

A new study led by Cornell and partners shows for the first time that leopards in Nepal are exposed to canine distemper virus, which could be contributing to increased human-leopard conflict.
Danielle Sosnicki takes a selfie with a rhino.


Danielle Sosnicki was first inspired to pursue graduate training in reproductive physiology after reading about the northern white rhinoceros, a functionally extinct subspecies of the white rhinoceros. “Their story is what got me interested in trying to help critically endangered species. That’s my goal,” she says....
Hellbender by Brian Gratwicke, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

Chytridiomycosis has caused significant declines and extinctions of many amphibian species. In a new paper, Cornell scientists have found that an oral vaccine can stimulate an immune response and help some species fight the deadly disease.
Andrew Di Salvo with black bear cubs photo courtesy of PA Game Commission


Dr. Andrew Di Salvo had always been interested in wildlife and enjoyed being outdoors. He first considered a career in wildlife veterinary medicine while working as a park ranger in New York City before veterinary school....
A golden lion tamarin shown on a branch of a tree.

The Cornell Wildlife Health Center's Dr. Martin Gilbert says infectious diseases present a growing conservation threat to wild species as populations become more fragmented.