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Human Virus Linked to Deaths of Two Mountain Gorillas

April 4th, 2011 | by Michael Ricciardi

A form of human metapneumovirus (HMPV) has been identified as the likely cause of death in two mountain gorillas, an infant and adult female, following an outbreak of respiratory disease that hit Rwanda in 2009. The source of the virus is unknown and an unknown number of other gorillas may be carrying the virus. Due to the genetic compatibility of humans and gorillas, wildlife biologists have long feared and predicted the spread of human diseases into this critically endangered population. Now, it appears, their worst fears may have come true

Rhino Poachers Go High-Tech, Rhino Kills Increase 2000%

September 26th, 2010 | by Michael Ricciardi

Fed by demand from growing markets in Asia, poaching of rhino horns in Africa has dramatically increased in the last three years, according to a recent article, as well-organized groups have started using high-tech equipment--including helicopters--to track and kill the endangered animals

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