living fossil

Dr. Robin Radcliffe

If you a have a sick rhinoceros, University of Minnesota
graduate Dr. Robin Radcliffe is the man to call.

Dr. Robin Radcliffe with Rosa, a young Sumatran rhinoceros who lives in a sanctuary in Sumatra.  Robin and his twin brother, Rolfe, are both veterinarians.  Rolfe works with horses, the closest living relative of the rhinoceros, to which Robin has dedicated his career.  Robin authored and illustrated a book for children.

One of twin brothers, both animal doctors, Dr. Robin Radcliffe's life and work encompasses the conservation of endangered species around the world. With more than 18 years of professional experience with species conservation, he heads a collaborative program with Cornell University known as the Cornell Conservation Medicine Program. This unique effort offers innovative research, training and conservation solutions to curb the global problems of animal endangerment and species loss. Robin has worked with four of the five living species of rhinoceros. He enjoys engaging people from around the world and strives to bring together unique individuals from all backgrounds for partnerships that benefit animal conservation and a healthier planet. Robin also holds a fascination for the amazing natural history of the honey bee and the remarkable historical relationship that working bees have with humans across many cultures and centuries. We live in a changing world and it is up to us to make sure the rhino, the bee and all of the amazing life forms have a safe and healthy home on planet earth.

Robin's interests go beyond medicine to embrace the people of the region, a partnership that is essential for long-term and sustainable solutions to conservation problems. He authored a children’s book about the Sumatran rhino, The Hornless Rhinoceros, and helped develop a unique dance program for the children of Sumatra. Robin was awarded a Diplomate in the American College of Zoological Medicine, and earned Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from the University of Minnesota in St. Paul.

When not working with rhinoceros and learning about honey bees, Robin is an author, falconer, bird painter, canoe maker, wilderness paddler, and enjoys spending time with his wife, Julia, and daughter, Nora, in beautiful upstate New York.