Natasha Daly
Natasha Daly
Natasha Daly is a writer and editor at National Geographic, where her investigative reporting focuses on animals: their welfare, conservation, and exploitation. She has a special interest in the intersection of animals and culture: how social media and societal trends shape our perceptions, and treatment, of animals.Source
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What the Amazon Fires Mean For Wild Animals

What the Amazon Fires Mean For Wild Animals

The Amazon rainforest—home to one in 10 species on Earth—is on fire. As of last week, 9,000 wildfires were raging simultaneously across the vast rainforest of Brazil and spreading into Bolivia, Paraguay, and Peru. The blazes, largely set intentionally to clear land for cattle ranching, farming, and logging, have been exacerbated by the dry season. They’re now burning in massive numbers, an 80 percent increase over this time last year, according to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE). The fires can even be seen from space. For the thousands of mammal, reptile, amphibian,...

August 23, 2019
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First great apes at U.S. zoo receive COVID-19 vaccine made for animals

First great apes at U.S. zoo receive COVID-19 vaccine made for animals

Orangutans and bonobos at the San Diego Zoo have received a coronavirus vaccine, Nat Geo has learned, after some zoo gorillas tested positive in January.An orangutan named Karen, the first in the world to have open-heart surgery in 1994, has made medical history again: She’s among the first great apes to get a COVID-19 vaccine. In February, Karen, three other orangutans, and five bonobos at the San Diego Zoo have received two doses each of an experimental vaccine for animals developed by a veterinary pharmaceutical company, says Nadine Lamberski, chief conservation and wildlife health...

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Exclusive: Buddy, first dog to test positive for COVID-19 in the U.S., has died

Exclusive: Buddy, first dog to test positive for COVID-19 in the U.S., has died

Even though the German shepherd likely had cancer, his health records show how little we know about animals and the coronavirus. Buddy liked dog stuff: running through the sprinklers, going on long car rides, swimming in the lake. He cuddled the Mahoneys—his owners and family—at the end of tough days. He humored them when they dressed him up as a bunny for Halloween. He was a protective big brother to 10-month-old Duke, the family’s other German shepherd. He loved everyone. He lived up to his name. In mid-April, right before his seventh birthday, Buddy began struggling to breathe. Six...

July 29, 2020
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