wildlife

Detection Dogs and DNA on the Trail of Endangered Lizards

October 30, 2019
Detection dogs trained to sniff out the scat of an endangered lizard in California’s San Joaquin Valley, combined with genetic species identification, could represent a new, noninvasive sampling technique for lizard conservation worldwide.

Visit California Raptor Center's Open House Oct. 19th

September 24, 2019
Have you ever been eye to eye with a peregrine falcon? Enjoy a rare close-up experience with Phoenix, our resident peregrine at the California Raptor Center’s (CRC) Open House on Saturday, Oct. 19th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The Call of the Wild

August 29, 2019
Dr. Jackie Gai ’01 serves as the director of veterinary services for the Performing Animal Welfare Society and works with elephants, lions, tigers and bears. But she still has a soft spot for ducks.

What's Killing Sea Otters?

August 22, 2019
UC Davis scientists have pinpointed specific strains of the parasite Toxoplasma gondii that are killing southern sea otters, tracing them back to a bobcat and feral domestic cats from nearby watersheds.

How Housecats Are (Indirectly) Killing Monk Seals

August 14, 2019
An article in Salon describes how scientists over the last couple decades have compiled evidence that cat feces, which often drains into the ocean in coastal cities, can infect Hawaiian monk seals with toxoplasmosis — a potentially fatal disease caused by a single-cell parasite.

Life-Threatening Foot Disease Found in Endangered Huemul Deer in Chile

April 24, 2019
Scientists report the first cases of foot disease for endangered huemul deer in Chilean Patagonia in a study led by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of California, Davis’ One Health Institute, with partnering institutions in Chile and the United States.