The sale of wild animals as pets is growing more common, particularly as demand for ‘non-traditional’ pets such as reptiles, birds, and mammals increases. Unfortunately, the overharvesting of animals for the pet trade can potentially result in the extinction of species.
The U.S. is the largest importer of wildlife and wildlife products on record.
The health of wildlife is important for the wellbeing of threatened species, as well…
Over ten years ago, a newly discovered fungal disease called chytridiomycosis (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) was found to be associated with amphibian mass mortality rates and population declines in Panama and Australia.
Bats are an ecologically vital group of mammals, representing over 20 percent of all mammalian diversity with more than 1,200 species. Fruit-eating bats pollinate our trees and disperse seeds – ensuring the health of more than 50 percent of the old world rainforest, while insect eating bats here in the United States are responsible for controlling agricultural pests as well as mosquitoes.