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  • iconResearch suggests low density of snow leopards in Nepal`s Conservation Area
    The snow leopard is a mammal species of the cat family found at high altitudes in Nepal and other countries around the Himalayan range. However, it has been included in the vulnerable category of IUCN Red list of threatened species in recent years for various reasons.
  • iconJaguars and well-managed logging concessions can coexist, say conservationists
    Logging activities in biodiverse forests can have a huge negative impact on wildlife, particularly large species such as big cats, but a new study proves that the Western Hemisphere's largest cat species -- the jaguar (Panthera onca) -- can do well in logging concessions that are properly managed.
  • iconRats, cats, and people trade-off as main course for mosquitoes in Baltimore, Md.
    Understanding how neighborhood dynamics regulate mosquito bites is key to managing diseases like West Nile virus and Zika virus. Today in Parasites & Vectors, researchers report that in Baltimore, Md., socioeconomic differences between neighborhoods influence bite risk, with rats being a primary blood meal source in lower income neighborhoods.
  • iconHow cheetahs outsmart lions and hyenas
    Cheetahs in the Serengeti National Park adopt different strategies while eating to deal with threats from top predators such as lions or hyenas. A new study shows that male cheetahs and single females eat their prey as quickly as possible. Mothers with cubs, on the other hand, watch out for possible threats while their young are eating in order to give them enough time to eat their fill.
  • iconLeopard meals: Females go for diversity
    Leopards, top predators of the African savannah, are known to feed on a variety of prey species. It has been largely unknown, however, whether they specialize in certain prey animals and which factors might influence prey preferences. Scientists investigated these questions by studying the diet of leopards on commercial farmland in central Namibia.
  • iconNew virus identified in cat
    Researchers have found a previously undiscovered hepadnavirus in an immunocompromised cat, and subsequently in banked samples.
  • iconQuantum effects observed in photosynthesis
    Molecules that are involved in photosynthesis exhibit the same quantum effects as non-living matter, concludes an international team of scientists. This is the first time that quantum mechanical behavior was proven to exist in biological systems that are involved in photosynthesis. The interpretation of these quantum effects in photosynthesis may help in the development of nature-inspired light-harvesting devices.
  • iconSecret life of an enigmatic Antarctic apex predator
    Scientists have, for the first time, tracked the lives of leopard seals as they migrate around Antarctica. The team followed these formidable predators as they move from the frozen Antarctic sea-ice to the more northerly sub-Antarctic islands where they prey on penguins, seals and krill.
  • iconDogs prefer to eat fat, and cats surprisingly tend toward carbs
    Dogs gravitate toward high-fat food, but cats pounce on carbohydrates with even greater enthusiasm, according to research into the dietary habits of America's two most popular pets.
  • iconLion conservation research can be bolstered by input from a wide-range of professionals
    To tackle the sharp decline in lion numbers, conservation research should consider wild prey, livestock and the environment, not just human-lion interaction, a new review suggests.
  • iconMap 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.
  • iconTerritory holders and floaters: Two spatial tactics of male cheetahs
    Scientists have analyzed the spatial behavior of cheetahs. They showed that male cheetahs operate two space use tactics which are associated with different life-history stages.
  • iconA new twist on how parasites invade host cells
    Researchers have decoded the mechanisms used by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii to enter the cells of a host. Using high-resolution, high-speed imaging, they identified a unique process by which the parasite closes the 'entry door' it creates in order to enter and inhabit a host cell.
  • iconRanking locations for lion conservation in southern Africa -- a new approach
    An international team of scientists has developed a new strategy to rank locations for lion conservation activities, based on GPS collar data revealing lions' movements.
  • icon84 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 of China.
  • iconWhole 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 have showed the efficacy of a low-cost whole blood test for toxoplasmosis.
  • iconAre vulnerable lions eating endangered zebras?
    Are Laikipia's recovering lions turning to endangered Grevy's zebras (Equus grevyi) for their next meal?
  • iconCommon pesticide inhibits brain development in frogs
    New research reveals that low doses of a commonly used pesticide potentially harm the Northern Leopard frog by inhibiting their brain development.
  • iconSniffing out error in detection dog data
    New research finds three alternative answers beyond errors in handler or dog training that can explain why dogs trained to identify scat for conservation purposes sometimes collect non-target scats.
  • iconChemicals linked to endocrine disorder in older pet cats
    New research suggests that there may be a link between higher levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the environment and higher levels of hyperthyroidism in pet cats as they age.
  • iconParasite makes quick exit when researchers remove the handbrake
    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 closer to a vaccine to protect pregnant women from the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which carries a serious risk of miscarriage or birth defects.
  • iconInvasive snakes 'hitchhiking' on planes
    Scientists have discovered why brown tree snakes have become one of the most successful invasive species. The research team has been studying why a type of cat-eyed snake has been so effective at devastating native bird populations on the island of Guam.
  • iconIn the battle of cats vs. rats, the rats are winning
    New research finds that contrary to popular opinion, cats are not good predators of rats. The study -- the first to document interactions between feral cats and a wild rat colony -- shows that rats actively avoid cats, and only recorded two rat kills in 79 days. The findings add to growing evidence that any benefit of using cats to control city rats is outweighed by the threat they pose to birds and other urban wildlife.
  • iconHave asthma and a pet? Re-homing your cat or dog may not be necessary
    A study analyzed environmental exposures, like pet and secondhand smoke, to determine if they have a role in asthma control among children whose asthma is managed per NAEPP (EPR-3) guidelines. Researchers found that once asthma guidelines are followed, environmental exposures to pets or secondhand smoke were not significant factors in overall asthma improvement over time.
  • iconGlyphosate found in cat and dog food
    A new study finds that glyphosate, the active herbicidal ingredient in widely used weed killers like Roundup, was present at low levels in a variety of dog and cat foods the researchers purchased at stores. Before you go switching Fido or Fluffy's favorite brand, however, be aware that the amounts of the herbicide found correspond to levels currently considered safe for humans.
  • iconGenome-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 analyzed the complete genomes of 32 representative tiger specimens confirm that tigers indeed fall into six genetically distinct groups.
  • iconHow to feed a cat: Consensus statement to the veterinary community
    The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) today released the AAFP Consensus Statement, 'Feline Feeding Programs: Addressing Behavioral Needs to Improve Feline Health and Wellbeing' and accompanying client brochure to the veterinary community. The Consensus Statement, published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, explores the medical, social, and emotional problems that can result from the manner in which most cats are currently fed.
  • iconSaber-toothed cats with oral injuries ate softer foods
    Saber-toothed cats, the large felid predators that once roamed Southern California, may have eaten softer foods after suffering oral injuries, according to a new study. Microscopic damage patterns on teeth from fossilized cats show the injured predators transitioned to seeking softer prey, like flesh instead of bone, which healthy cats may have provided for them, according to the study.
  • iconAustralian mammals at greatest risk from cats and foxes
    New research has revealed which Australian mammals are most vulnerable to cats and foxes, and many much-loved potoroos, bandicoots and bettongs, as well as native rodents, are at the top of the list.
  • iconHow catnip makes the chemical that causes cats to go crazy
    Researchers have shed light on how catnip -- also known as catmint -- produces the chemical that sends cats into a state of wanton abandon.
  • iconGenetics of California mountain lions: Research to inform future conservation
    Mountain lions in California exhibited strong population genetic structure, and some California populations had extremely low levels of genetic diversity, with some exhibiting estimates as low as the endangered Florida panther.
  • iconOverweight dogs may live shorter lives
    New research reveals overweight dogs are more likely to have shorter lives than those at ideal body weights.
  • iconRoaming cats prey on their owners' minds
    Many cat owners worry about their pets wandering the streets, but perceive cats hunting mice and birds to be unavoidable instinct, researchers have found.
  • iconSkull scans tell tale of how world's first dogs caught their prey
    Analysis of the skulls of lions, wolves and hyenas has helped scientists uncover how prehistoric dogs hunted 40 million years ago.
  • iconIdled farmland presents habitat restoration opportunities in San Joaquin Desert
    Most of the native habitat in California's San Joaquin Desert has been converted to row crops and orchards, leaving 35 threatened or endangered species confined to isolated patches of habitat. A new study looked at the conservation potential of marginal farmland in the San Joaquin Desert and found that restoration of fallowed farmland could play a crucial role in habitat protection and restoration strategies for the blunt-nosed leopard lizard and other endangered species.
  • iconUrbanization may hold key to tiger survival
    A new study says the future of tigers in Asia is linked to the path of demographic transition -- for humans.
  • iconEmerging significance of gammaherpesvirus and morbillivirus infections in cats
    Emerging infectious diseases comprise a substantial fraction of important human infections, with potentially devastating global health and economic impacts. A 2008 paper in Nature described the emergence of no fewer than 335 infectious diseases in the global human population between 1940 and 2004. In the veterinary field, just as in the medical field, advanced molecular techniques and sophisticated computer-based algorithms for genetic sequence assembly and analysis have revolutionized infectious disease research.
  • iconCopy cats: When is a bobcat not a bobcat?
    Biologists, who have publicly solicited images of wild cats for their research, have answered that question. Their recently published study explains how hard it can be when it comes to wildlife classification -- even experts have difficulty agreeing on whether a cat in a picture is a bobcat or a lynx.
  • iconRoad proximity may boost songbird nest success in tropics
    In the world's temperate regions, proximity to roads usually reduces the reproductive success of birds, thanks to predators that gravitate toward habitat edges. However, the factors affecting bird nest success are much less studied in the tropics -- so does this pattern hold true? New research shows that interactions between roads, nesting birds, and their predators may unfold differently in Southeast Asia.
  • iconClimate change may destroy tiger's home
    A scientist says the last coastal stronghold of an iconic predator, the endangered Bengal tiger, could be destroyed by climate change and rising sea levels over the next 50 years.
  • iconNew AI toolkit is the 'scientist that never sleeps'
    Researchers have developed a new AI-driven platform that can analyze how pathogens infect our cells with the precision of a trained biologist.
  • iconHuman antiviral 'GS-441524' shows great promise against infectious disease in cats
    The emergence of exotic diseases such as Ebola and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) in people has prompted intensive research into new drug treatments, and this is indirectly bringing benefit to cats.
  • iconTape to the Rescue
    Why we use so much of it on the show.
  • iconThe ‘Captain Marvel’ Cat Was Actually Four Cats. Here’s How That Worked.
    Reggie took the lead, the rambunctious Archie stepped in for scratching, Gonzo could be held, and Rizzo was a backup. Training them wasn’t as hard as you’d think.
  • iconCan I Really Lose My Apartment Over an Outdoor Cat?
    Short answer: yes. You’ll have to decide whether your pet’s need for unfettered outdoor time is worth losing an apartment.
  • iconBartonella and sudden-onset adolescent schizophrenia
    In a new case study, researchers describe an adolescent human patient diagnosed with rapid onset schizophrenia who was found instead to have a Bartonella henselae infection (associated with cat scratch fever).
  • iconKnowing the Right Time to Say Goodbye to a Pet
    End-of-life decisions for animals are difficult. A veterinarian has developed a scale to help clear up the confusion.
  • iconMany pet owners keen to have vegan pets
    A growing number of pet owners is interested in feeding their pets plant-based diets.
  • iconPeople who feed birds impact conservation
    Researchers analyzed how people who feed birds notice and respond to natural events at their feeders by collaborating with Project FeederWatch, a program that engages more than 25,000 people to observe and collect data on their backyard birds.
  • iconThe bigger the evolutionary jump, the more lethal cross-species diseases could be
    Some diseases which are fatal in one species can cause only mild discomfort in another -- but it's hard for scientists to predict how lethal a disease will be if it leaps across species. However, a new article indicates that the evolutionary relationship between infected hosts can predict the impact of diseases.
  • iconSome of the Weirdest Stories That Ever Appeared in The Times
    Ghosts! Billygoats! Lazy men and thirsty thieves! All these stories — and more like them — as they were dutifully reported in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
  • iconTiger geckos in Vietnam could be the next species sold into extinction
    While information about the conservation status of the tiger gecko species is largely missing, these Asian lizards are already particularly vulnerable to extinction. A study provides an overview of their domestic and international trade with a focus on species native to Vietnam. By providing further knowledge about the species abundance and threats for the Vietnamese Cat Ba tiger gecko, the research team urges for strict conservation measures.
  • iconPoll: Pets help older adults cope with health issues, get active and connect with others
    Pets help older adults cope with mental and physical health issues, according to a new national poll. But pets can also bring concerns, and some people may even put their animals' needs ahead of their own health, the poll finds. Three-quarters of pet owners aged 50 to 80 say their animals reduce their stress and give them a sense of purpose. But 18 percent also said having one puts a strain on their budget.
  • iconHello, kitty: Cats recognize their own names, according to new Japanese research
    Pet cats can recognize their own names if their names are used regularly by their owners, according to new results. Projects to understand simple social behaviors like name recognition in cats may give clues to how we humans became social. Both humans and cats have evolved through the process of self-domestication, where the population rewards certain traits that then become increasingly common in future generations.
  • iconAnimal Videos Are How We Escape the Internet (While on the Internet)
    The online world is an interactive museum of humiliation, bad faith and gross memes. This is why we need parrots trolling cats.
  • iconThe People Demand Answers: What Happened to Julian Assange’s Cat?
    The cat had a sizable social media following that let it transcend the complicated politics of its master.
  • iconLook What the Cat Dragged In: Parasites
    Researchers found that house cats that roam outdoors were more likely to pick up diseases than indoor cats.
  • iconFossils found in museum drawer in Kenya belong to gigantic carnivore
    Paleontologists have discovered a new species of meat-eating mammal larger than any big cat stalking the world today. Larger than a polar bear, with a skull as large as that of a rhinoceros and enormous piercing canine teeth, this massive carnivore would have been an intimidating part of the eastern African ecosystems occupied by early apes and monkeys.