Porcupines Face a Poaching Crisis — and It’s All Because of What’s in Their Stomachs

Porcupines Face a Poaching Crisis — and It’s All Because of What’s in Their Stomachs

A porcupine’s diet is wide, varied, and a little hard to digest. A lifetime of grasses, herbs, bark and other vegetation can leave little bits of indigestible matter behind in a porcupine’s digestive tract, where they occasionally congeal into a hard ball called a bezoar. That sounds uncomfortable, but a porcupine’s health probably doesn’t suffer […]

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Python skin jackets and elephant leather boots: How wealthy Western nations help drive the global wildlife trade

Python skin jackets and elephant leather boots: How wealthy Western nations help drive the global wildlife trade

Three-quarters of new and emerging infectious diseases in humans originate in wildlife. COVID-19, SARS and Ebola all started this way. The COVID-19 global pandemic has drawn new attention to how people think about wild animals, consume them and interact with them, and how those interactions can affect public health. Any activity that puts people in […]

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