Episode 45: Eye of the tiger: the Amur tiger’s fight for survival against a deadly virus

 

Amur, or Siberian, tigers are up against a fearsome set of foes in their fight for survival. Already endangered due to poaching and habitat fragmentation, these fierce felines – the largest cats in the world – are being threatened by a deadly virus of mysterious origins.

Since 2010, canine distemper virus has killed a number of Amur tigers, leading researchers to ask: Is this a new virus affecting tigers, or have we just not detected it previously? Where is it coming from? Is there anything we can do to help stop it?

Naturally Speaking catches up with the Institutes’s Dr Martin Gilbert (@mgilbertmartin) to learn about his PhD research on this deadly virus affecting Amur tigers in the Russian Far East, and what this means for tiger conservation.


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Intro and outro music sampled from: “The Curtain Rises” and “Early RiserKevin MacLeod [CC BY 3.0]

Photo: ‘Daydreamer’ by Valerie, via Flickr; https://flic.kr/p/4Kg7w6

 

Posted by The Naturally Speaking Editors

A science pod-yssey and regular blog-yssey from the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine at the University of Glasgow

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