Human & Animal Health

Jonna Mazet: What if we could immunize the world against Pandemics? (TEDMED Hive Talk)

July 11, 2019
Jonna Mazet: TEDMED Hive Talk

TEDMED is a health-focused iteration of the renowned TED conference, celebrating the ideas behind progress in health and medicine through a program called The Hive. Diversity and multi-disciplinary collaboration are at the core of TEDMED's mission to "catalyze a healthier world."

Just last year, OHI Executive Director Jonna Mazet was nominated as a 2018 TEDMED Hive Innovator for her work as anchor author of the Global Virome Project. Her talk was entitled "What if we could immunize the world against pandemics?" 

Visit the California Raptor Center Open House, May 4

April 30, 2019
Members of the community are invited to visit the California Raptor Center Spring Open House for a free, fun educational experience. Educational raptors will be on “the fist" -- ask our handlers a question! Lectures on raptor rehabilitation, identification, conservation and adaptations are offered during the day. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of our permanent resident birds and visit the Museum for a hands-on experience. There is no charge for this event and parking is free.

Local Extinction of Southern California Mountain Lions Possible Within 50 Years

March 18, 2019

Two isolated mountain lion populations in Southern California’s Santa Ana and Santa Monica Mountains are at risk of local extinction, perhaps as soon as within 50 years, according to a study published in the journal Ecological Applications.

The study showed the extinction risk is due to low genetic diversity and mortality that affects the stability of the population. Mountain lion mortality is often caused by humans, but can also result from changes in the environment, such as wildfire and fluctuations in prey density.

$9M to Preempt Zoonotic Spillover Threats, Protect Military and Local Communities

February 19, 2019

Predicting the emergence of highly pathogenic viruses in animals and preventing them from spilling over to humans is the goal of a multi-million-dollar cooperative agreement from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) with collaborating researchers at the University of California, Davis; the University of Idaho; and Plymouth University in England.

SeaDoc Society Debuts New Video Series

January 17, 2019

The SeaDoc Society invites viewers to explore the magnificent wildlife of the Pacific Northwest in a new adventure series called Salish Sea Wild, debuting Jan. 10. Salish Sea Wild is hosted by SeaDoc Science Director Joe Gaydos and will feature a new species or topic each month, starting with Steller sea lions in January.

Where Will the World’s Next Zika, West Nile or Dengue Virus Come From?

January 04, 2019

After collecting data and comparing it with every known mammal and bird species on Earth, scientists from the University of California, Davis, have identified wildlife species that are the most likely to host flaviviruses such as Zika, West Nile, dengue and yellow fever. Flaviviruses are known to cause major epidemics and widespread illness and death throughout the world.

Deadly Marburg Virus Found in Sierra Leone Bats

December 21, 2018

Scientists have discovered Marburg virus in fruit bats in Sierra Leone. This is the first time the deadly virus has been found in West Africa. Five Egyptian rousette fruit bats tested positive for active Marburg virus infection. Scientists caught the bats separately in three health districts: Moyamba, Koinadugu and Kono.

Learning From Gorillas to Save Killer Whales

November 07, 2018

In 2018, the southern resident killer whale population in the Pacific Northwest’s Salish Sea was at its lowest ever. The world watched in September as an orca named Scarlet, or J50, wasted away and died, leaving just 74 of her kind left. Some wondered if this was “What extinction looks like.”

Coconut the Snow Leopard Recovers From 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 coloboma. This ocular deformity is sometimes documented in snow leopards under human care. Coconut was also born with other birth defects that impact his mobility.

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