Post by Erin Nicklow courtesy of Science@CornellVet

Buffalo, Chobe National Park, Botswana – © M. Atkinson

For generations, international trade practices have dictated that rural southern Africans cannot protect nearby wildlife and, at the same time, farm cattle because of animal disease concerns. If they wanted to export their beef, their choices have been stark: either get rid of wildlife like buffalo, or put up environmentally damaging veterinary cordon fences. These fences cut-off migratory pathways that wildlife depend on to access grazing and fresh water during different parts of the year. ...continue reading

Dr. Martin Gilbert, Wildlife Health Cornell Carnivore Specialist

Victoria Falls

If you are a soccer fan you probably remember the penetrating drone of vuvuzelas that pervaded the stadiums of South Africa in the 2010 World Cup (listen here). Well it seems those overlong trumpets of torture live on, with a new, more harmonious role addressing conflict between humans and lions! ...continue reading

Dr. Martin Gilbert, Wildlife Health Cornell Carnivore Specialist


Dawn breaks over a wide and acacia-studded savanna. In their wallows, the mud slathered buffalos blink sleepily at our passing, and the air is alive with the purr of zebra doves. Squint, and this could be a scene from East Africa, but the dawn-blushed slopes of the surrounding volcanos gaze down across a new day in Indonesia. ...continue reading