Genome-wide study confirms six tiger subspecies

Fewer than 4,000 free-ranging tigers remain in the wild. Efforts to protect these remaining tigers have also been stymied by uncertainty about whether they represent six, five or only two subspecies. Now, researchers who've...

4 Things to Think About Before Declawing your Cat

Declawing is a most important surgery recognised as onychectomy, carried out beneath anesthesia, that gets rid of the tip of every digit (from the first knuckle out) of the cat's forepaws. There is a...

Parasite makes quick exit when researchers remove the handbrake

Melbourne researchers have discovered a way to halt the invasion of the toxoplasmosis-causing parasite into cells, depriving the parasite of a key factor necessary for its growth. The findings are a key step in getting...

Common pesticide inhibits brain development in frogs

New research published in Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry reveals that low doses of a commonly used pesticide potentially harm the Northern Leopard frog by inhibiting their brain development. The pesticide chlorpyifos, which has been used...

Are vulnerable lions eating endangered zebras?

Are Laikipia's recovering lions turning to endangered Grevy's zebras (Equus grevyi) for their next meal? That's what a team of researchers led by WCS and WWF set out to discover -- whether the comeback of...

Whole blood test for toxoplasmosis is sensitive, specific

Transmission of toxoplasmosis from mother to fetus can lead to severe congenital problems and fetal death, and tests for the parasitic infection during pregnancy are critical. Now, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases...

84 highly endangered amur leopards remain in China and Russia

Scientists estimate there are only 84 remaining highly endangered Amur leopards (Panthera pardus orientalis) remaining in the wild across its current range along the southernmost border of Primorskii Province in Russia and Jilin Province...

A new twist on how parasites invade host cells

Once it enters the cell, the parasite rotates to close the door it has opened. This movement also seals it into a vacuole, a sac where it stays and develops. Credit: © Isabelle Tardieux Once...

Territory holders and floaters: Two spatial tactics of male cheetahs

Scientists of the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz IZW) in Berlin analysed the spatial behaviour of cheetahs. They showed that male cheetahs operate two space use tactics which are associated with...

Map of Javan leopard distribution provides guidance for conservation efforts

The first robust estimate of the distribution of the Javan leopard offers reliable information on where conservation efforts must be prioritized to safeguard the Indonesian island's last remaining large carnivore. The findings were reported...

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