World Zoonoses Day 2021

World Zoonoses Day commemorates the important work of Louis Pasteur, who on July 6th 1885 administered the first vaccine against rabies. This day is especially poignant in 2021 as we are still battling the detrimental effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, a presumed zoonotic disease that has wreaked havoc over the past year and a half. The National Center for Biotechnology …

Devastating Landslide in Critically Endangered Orangutan Habitat

Featured image courtesy of mongabay.com April 29th, 2021, a deadly landslide occurred at the hydropower plant that is located within the only known habitat of the critically endangered Pongo tapanuliensis, or Tapanuli orangutan. The landslide has officially killed 3 locals, 1 woman, and 2 children. There are 9 people missing since the incident, 6 local residents, and 3 workers. After …