How captive animals are coping with the sudden emptiness of the world's zoos and aquariums

One aquarium in Japan has asked the public to make video calls to captive garden eels so they don't forget about human visitors.

Jessica Rendle, Honorary Postdoctoral Associate in Conservation Medicine, Murdoch University • conversation
May 18, 2020 ~6 min

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Lockdown isn’t good news for all wildlife – many animals rely on humans for survival

What a hungry Red kite tells us about human-animal relationships.

Ben Garlick, Lecturer in Human Geography, York St John University • conversation
May 1, 2020 ~6 min

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Are people with pets less likely to die if they catch the coronavirus?

Pets might not protect us from the coronavirus, but they can help us get better.

Clarissa M. Uttley, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Learning, and Curriculum, Plymouth University • conversation
April 27, 2020 ~4 min

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Social distancing works – just ask lobsters, ants and vampire bats

Using distance to avoid getting sick has deep evolutionary roots for humans and many other species.

Julia Buck, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington • conversation
April 3, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  ants  evolution  bats  contagion  isolation  animals  altruism  monkeys  mice  animal-behavior  colonies  coronavirus-2020  covid-19  social-distancing

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