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four wolves cluster together in the snow next to a tree. one wolf at the front looks out into the distance.
Toxoplasma-Infected Wolves More Likely to Lead Packs, Study Finds
The parasite appears to make infected wolves less risk-averse, potentially influencing the behavior of packs.
Toxoplasma-Infected Wolves More Likely to Lead Packs, Study Finds
Toxoplasma-Infected Wolves More Likely to Lead Packs, Study Finds

The parasite appears to make infected wolves less risk-averse, potentially influencing the behavior of packs.

The parasite appears to make infected wolves less risk-averse, potentially influencing the behavior of packs.

Wildlife disease
Close-up of a fiber with brightly colored pathogens beside it
Microplastics in Seawater May Harbor Parasites
Christie Wilcox | Apr 26, 2022 | 2 min read
Laboratory experiments find that Toxoplasma, Cryptosporidium, and Giardia can congregate on microplastic beads and fibers, suggesting they might make their way into and around the world’s oceans by hitching rides on tiny bits of trash.
Two vaccine syringes on a baggy labelled with San Diego Zoo and Bonobo
The Rise of COVID-19 Vaccines for Animals
Chris Baraniuk | Dec 9, 2021 | 6 min read
Thousands of animals have had their shot already. How many more really need it?
bats hanging upside down
Where Coronaviruses Come From
Shawna Williams | Jan 24, 2020 | 6 min read
EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak speaks with The Scientist about how pathogens like 2019-nCoV jump species, and how to head off the next pandemic.
florida panther
Florida Wild Cats Struggle to Walk Due to Unknown Disorder
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 28, 2019 | 2 min read
Both bobcats and the state’s namesake panther, an endangered species, have been spotted with signs of the condition.
Image of the Day: Hammerhead
The Scientist Staff | May 21, 2018 | 1 min read
This hammer-headed fruit bat is wearing a GPS tracker deployed by researchers with the Wildlife Conservation Society.
White-Nose Syndrome Fungus Infects Bats in Texas
Jef Akst | Mar 27, 2017 | 2 min read
The pathogenic fungus that has decimated populations of bats throughout the eastern United States has surfaced in the state for the first time, although none of the bats appear diseased.
Bad Raps
Mary Beth Aberlin | Dec 1, 2014 | 2 min read
Understanding animal diseases—for their sake and for ours
TS Live: Disease on the Wing
Bob Grant | Nov 30, 2014 | 1 min read
Bats' special relationship with pathogens
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