Wildlife Disease News

Deadly virus pushing tigers toward extinction

Adding to the already devastating pressures of habitat loss, poaching and depletion of prey species, a new threat to tiger populations in the wild has surfaced in the form of canine distemper virus. CDV has the potential to be a significant driver in pushing the animals toward extinction, said a study from the Wildlife Conservation Society. Smaller populations of tigers are more vulnerable to extinction by CDV, the findings showed.

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