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Cornell University

Kurnia Khairani

Wildlife Veterinarian

Dr. Kurnia Oktavia Khairani, aka "Nia," is an Indonesian veterinarian with a passion for research and conservation. Nia believes that through knowledge you can change the world, and her focus is the conservation of the rarest rhinoceros on Earth – the Javan rhinoceros.

Born in Jakarta, Indonesia and educated at Bogor Agricultural University, Nia completed an internship at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, and later worked as a field researcher with the Rhino Foundation of Indonesia (Yayasan Badak Indonesia). With a special interest in epidemiology and public health, Nia now works as a Cornell postdoctoral researcher as well as for World Wildlife Fund-Indonesia. Her work includes evaluation of disease risks from the commingling of domestic buffalo and people around Ujung Kulon National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the only viable population of Javan rhinoceros remaining on Earth. Only by understanding the health of the animal and human communities around the park will we be able to secure the future of this amazing species.