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A New Research Site, A New Disease to Uncover

Leptospirosis, a waterborne infection harbored by small mammals, is a major public health threat in most of the Indian Ocean islands but so far gone has mostly undetected in Madagascar.

Saving the most endangered parrot on earth from going the way of the dodo…

In the late 1980s, the Echo or Mauritian parakeet (Psittacula eques) was considered the most endangered parrot on earth and researchers, who by that time were getting really good at finding them, could only account for 4 or 5 pairs in the wild. These emerald green parakeets are only found on the island of Mauritius…