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In an April of Human Isolation, Photos From the Animal Kingdom

In an April of Human Isolation, Photos From the Animal Kingdom

Across the world, humans aren't the only ones affected by global upheavals.

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A rhesus macaque at a temple in Nepal.

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Ajay Sharma

Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 17:00

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

(Inside Science) -- Pandemics affect the animal kingdom as well as people. While most of the human world hunkers down for yet more days of isolation, wildlife can inspire us to contemplate how humans are as much a part of the environment as they are. In Belgium, a llama’s antibodies may assist scientists researching ways to fight COVID-19. In western Kenya, a new species of bat helps to launch a collection of research articles for scientific advancement. Finally, monkeys in Nepal and Uganda show just how closely humans and animals interact. This month, we take a look at the state of global animal affairs.

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A rhesus macaque, grey and brown in color, holds onto a temple structure.
At a temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, a young rhesus macaque clings to a human-made structure. These primates are exceptionally good at adapting to urban landscapes, bringing them close to humans and making them more likely to transmit viruses they may be carrying. In general, human exploitation of wildlife in the name of urbanization, hunting, and trade drives declines in animal populations while increasing close contact with humans. New research suggests that these activities enable increased transmission of animal viruses to humans. (Ajay Sharma)

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