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It's Bat Week!

It's Bat Week!
(October 24, 2018) From Ebola virus ecology, the super powers of bats and how to be a bat hero this Halloween, we have lots of bat news for you....How to Be A Bat Hero!  Our health team in the Republic of Congo is part of a collaborative project with the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) that is studying Ebola viruses in potential wild animal hosts. One potential host is the incredible Hammer-headed fruit bat (Hypsignathus monstrosus), the largest fruit bat in Africa. WCS epidemiologist Dr Sarah Ols...

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Working to Stay Ahead of White Nose Syndrome

Working to Stay Ahead of White Nose Syndrome
(October 19, 2018) White-nose syndrome (WNS) is a fungal disease that has decimated North American bat populations. First recorded in sick and dying bats in Albany, New York in 2007, it has since spread north to Canada and is spreading in the United States, killing 90-100% of bats in some caves on it's path south and west. WCS health scientists are leading a program to study bats across the Western United States to try to identify which bats are most at risk and where to target interventions before WNS arrives. Th...

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Livestock Virus Threatening Wildlife Conservation

Livestock Virus Threatening Wildlife Conservation
(October 16, 2018) Peste De Petit Ruminants (PPR) is a viral disease that significantly impacts the health of livestock and the livelihoods of farmers across 70 countries. It is now spilling over into endangered wildlife populations with devastating effects: in 2017 it led to a mass mortality event killing two-thirds of the Critically Endangered Mongolian Saiga.  Read a letter from our veterinarians on the conservation threat of PPR, recently published in Science >

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Dr. Tracie Seimon, On Using eDNA To Track Wildlife

Dr. Tracie Seimon, On Using eDNA To Track Wildlife
(September 17, 2018) Our Molecular Department has pioneered the development of a portable, hand-held smartphone based Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) field friendly kit for detection of environmental DNA (eDNA). Living organisms shed cells containing DNA into the environment, where it can be detected by extremely sensitive PCR testing. The kit was developed to detect the DNA of the nearly extinct Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei), of which only four are known.Watch our lead scientist, Dr Tracie Seimo...

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Dr. Harley Newton on White Shark Research in The New York Bight

Dr. Harley Newton on White Shark Research in The New York Bight
(August 31, 2018) While white shark populations have been going down globally, since the 1960s, researchers have known about a thriving nursery for juvenile white sharks in the waters off the coast of New York City and Long Island. Listen to an interview on NPR with WCS's Dr Harley Newton describing a project that seeks to catch and tag juvenile white sharks, in order to gain a broader understanding of these fish's ecology and behavior.A White Shark Nursery in the Waters Off New York City May Provide Clues t...

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