Endangered Species of the Week: Giant Otter

"This South American otter is the world's largest, at some 6 feet long. It lives only in the rivers and creeks of the Amazon, Orinoco, and La Plata river systems. These huge members of the weasel family swim by propelling themselves with their powerful tails and flexing their long bodies. They also have webbed feet, water-repellent … Continue reading Endangered Species of the Week: Giant Otter

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Vaccine Highlight: Lepto & Lyme

"Leptospirosis is a disease caused by infection with Leptospira bacteria. These bacteria can be found worldwide in soil and water. There are many strains of Leptospira bacteria that can cause disease. Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease, which means it can be spread from animals to people. Infection in people can cause flu-like symptoms and can … Continue reading Vaccine Highlight: Lepto & Lyme

Endangered Species of the Week: South China Tiger

The South China tiger population was estimated to number 4,000 individuals in the early 1950s. In the next few decades, thousands were killed as the subspecies was hunted as a pest. The Chinese government banned hunting in 1979. By 1996 the population was estimated to be just 30-80 individuals. Today the South China tiger is … Continue reading Endangered Species of the Week: South China Tiger