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Coming soon: U of M Raptor Lab

Minnesota Environment and Natural Resource Trust Fund dollars begin supporting the development of a raptor-oriented, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-focused curriculum for 7th and 8th graders today.

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Is the biggest threat to wild cats … dogs? The research is in.

Big cat populations including the Amur tiger and Amur leopard are in jeopardy of extinction. Fewer than 550 Amur tigers and leopards remain in the wilderness of China and the Russian Far East today. Alongside threats posed by changing climates and human pressures, is another threat to cats that may sound familiar: dogs.

That’s right. A virus carried by the domestic dog may be one of the biggest threats to endangered wild felids like the Amur tiger.

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Game Changer: Dominic Travis

In 2003, a team of scientists made a groundbreaking discovery tracing the origin of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) back to African monkeys. Since then, Dominic Travis, D.V.M.,has been at the forefront of a collaborative effort that seeks to fully understand how infectious diseases impact all primates — including humans.

“We try and find variables that connect habitat, wildlife, livestock and humans,” said Travis, wildlife veterinary medicine and epidemiology specialist at the U of M College of Veterinary Medicine.

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D.C. Snowy Owl Returned to Wild by The Raptor Center


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D.C. Snowy Owl Soars on the Wings of Science

The physical reconditioning of a raptor patient like The Raptor Center’s snowy owl patient from Washington, D.C., prior to its release is an important step in patient rehabilitation. It must compliment the medical care provided and restore a raptor’s fitness to a level necessary for survival.

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D.C. Snowy Owl Taken to The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota for Care

The snowy owl reportedly hit by a bus in Washington, D.C., in late January 2014 recently arrived to The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota for care.

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