DNA Found in Scat Helps Scientists Learn About Sierra Nevada Red Fox

June 01, 2021
Since 2011, Cate Quinn, a post-doctoral researcher in UC Davis’ Mammalian Ecology and Conservation Unit within the school, has been studying the fox by collecting its scat (the term preferred over poop, at least in the science world).

Ranking Virus Spillover Risk

April 15, 2021
SpillOver, a new web application developed by UC Davis scientists, and contributed to by experts from all over the world, ranks the risk of wildlife-to-human spillover for newly discovered viruses.

What’s Killing Killer Whales?

December 02, 2020
Pathology reports on more than 50 killer whales stranded over nearly a decade in the northeast Pacific and Hawaii show that orcas face a variety of mortal threats — many stemming from human interactions.

Newly Created Wildlife Disaster Network Aids Several Wildfire Victims

October 08, 2020
Earlier this week, the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the joint formation of the Wildlife Disaster Network. The network is already aiding several animals injured in California’s latest wildfires. Network teams throughout Northern California are treating about a dozen animals at various facilities.

Wildlife Disaster Network Mobilizes Aid for Burned, Injured Wildlife

October 06, 2020
The Wildlife Disaster Network is a new partnership between the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and California Department of Fish and Wildlife. It aims to quickly and efficiently mobilize the people and resources needed to aid wildlife affected by wildfire and other disasters.

Mountain Lion Cub Rescued from California Wildfire

October 06, 2020
An orphaned mountain lion cub is at the Oakland Zoo recovering from burn injuries after being rescued from California's Zogg Fire. The zoo staff is working with the UC Davis Veterinary Hospital to treat the cub's wounds.

Mountain Gorilla Numbers on the Rise

December 16, 2019
A new survey conducted by Gorilla Doctors shows that mountain gorilla numbers have increased in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, and Sarambwe Reserve, DR Congo. When combined with the 2015-2016 population survey results of 604 mountain gorillas in the Virunga Massif, the total world population of endangered mountain gorillas now stands at 1,063. 

Detection Dogs and DNA on the Trail of Endangered Lizards

October 30, 2019
Detection dogs trained to sniff out the scat of an endangered lizard in California’s San Joaquin Valley, combined with genetic species identification, could represent a new, noninvasive sampling technique for lizard conservation worldwide.

Scientists Identify Bombali Ebolavirus in Bats in Guinea

September 17, 2019
The sixth ebolavirus, Bombali virus, has been detected in insect-eating bats in Guinea. The discovery of Bombali virus first in insect-eating bats in Sierra Leone, and now in Guinea, marks the first time that scientists discovered a new ebolavirus species in a host before detection in an infected human or sick animal.

What's Killing Sea Otters?

August 22, 2019
UC Davis scientists have pinpointed specific strains of the parasite Toxoplasma gondii that are killing southern sea otters, tracing them back to a bobcat and feral domestic cats from nearby watersheds.