Snow Leopard Cub Receives Rare Eyelid Surgery

October 25, 2018
Coconut, the snow leopard cub born at the Sacramento Zoo earlier this year, underwent a rare eyelid surgery on Wednesday, October 24. UC Davis veterinary specialists and the Sacramento Zoo veterinary team collaborated to correct a congenital eyelid defect known as colombas. This ocular deformity is sometimes documented in snow leopards under human care.

Visit California Raptor Center's Open House, Oct 20th

October 10, 2018

If you give a hoot about raptors, come visit the California Raptor Center’s (CRC) Open House on Saturday, Oct. 20th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We have two new owl residents for you to meet—a barred owl named Tadita, and Ember, our first barn owl education ambassador in six years! 

Ebola Species Found in Bats Ahead of Any Potential Outbreak

August 28, 2018

For the first time, scientists discovered a new ebolavirus species in a host prior to detection in an infected human or sick animal. This discovery Illustrates PREDICT project’s goal to find viruses before they spill over into people.

Dr. Marcela Uhart Honored as Wildlife Hero

August 22, 2018
Congratulations to Dr. Marcela “Marcy” Uhart, director of the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center’s Latin America Program. She received the Wildlife Disease Association's 2018 Distinguished Service Award.

WILDFIRES: Bear Treated with Fish Skins

August 10, 2018
State wildlife officers and a UC Davis veterinarian have again used fish skins and other novel forms of pain management to treat a wild animal: a bear cub injured in the Carr Fire.

Young Bear Rescued in Carr Fire Undergoes Unique Paw Therapy

August 09, 2018
A young black bear whose paws were burned raw in the Carr Fire is recuperating with special care from a wildlife veterinary team. On Monday, an eight-member team including Dr. Deana Clifford and Dr. Jamie Peyton of the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital spent nearly six hours preparing for the operation and sewing tilapia skin onto the bear's four paws. One benefit of the fish skin — which doesn't smell fishy — is that it contains collagen that aids in healing.

Scientists Discover New Ebolavirus in Bats in Sierra Leone

July 27, 2018
Scientists have identified a novel ebolavirus in free-tailed bats in Sierra Leone, providing the strongest evidence to date that bats are the natural hosts of these viruses. The new virus, called Bombali virus, was found in insectivorous bats roosting inside people’s houses. There is currently no evidence of human infection or spillover of this virus.

Sac Zoo's Snow Leopard Cub Receives Physical Therapy

July 24, 2018
UC Davis veterinary specialists are helping a baby snow leopard, born in May at the Sacramento Zoo, with a condition known as “swimmer’s syndrome,” a developmental deformity that forces animals to paddle their legs like turtles when they try to walk.