Black-footed ferrets riding out COVID-19 with a vaccine and a lot of TLC

Black-footed ferrets riding out COVID-19 with a vaccine and a lot of TLC

In spring 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic took off in the United States just as the breeding season for the black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes) commenced. Disease is always at the forefront of the mind for the conservationists who work with this human-dependent species, but the pandemic kicked things into high gear. Suddenly, breeders at seven different […]

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Not just for humans — scientists turn to vaccines to save endangered species

Not just for humans — scientists turn to vaccines to save endangered species

For more than a year, the world has closely followed the development, approval and deployment of various coronavirus vaccines that could bring an end to the global pandemic, debating every side effect and hurdle. But vaccines aren’t only used to spare humans from the ravages of disease; increasingly, they’re being used to conserve wild species […]

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Vaccinations may be vital for saving Amur tigers from virus outbreaks (commentary)

Vaccinations may be vital for saving Amur tigers from virus outbreaks (commentary)

While the world focuses on the development of new vaccines against COVID-19, biologists are building the case for using vaccines for the conservation of wildlife. Our own research on the impact of canine distemper virus (CDV) in the Russian Far East concludes that vaccination of Amur tigers is a potentially important strategy to avoid extinction […]

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Scrap badger cull, say campaigners after study shows one in 12 animals infected

POLL: Should the badger cull in England be abandoned and replaced by vaccination?

Just one in 12 badgers found dead on roads has bovine tuberculosis, a Government-backed study has revealed – sparking calls to scrap the controversial cull. Researchers from Nottingham University collected and tested 610 “roadkill” badger carcasses, but found only 51 infected with the disease. The revelations came from a £497,000 study funded by the Department […]

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