Who’s more related? A whale and a manatee or a whale and a cow?

August 15, 2017

By Daniel Lin, Sales & Digital Marketing Summer Intern What do whales and cows have in common? Aside from their color schemes, research indicates that these animals share genetic material, gut bacteria, and a common ancestor. Though many people would assume that marine mammals such as whales, walruses and manatees are more closely related to each other, each of them is actually more genetically similar…

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Today we celebrate cats!

August 8, 2017

In honor of International Cat Day here are 20 fun (and unusual!) facts about the world’s favorite feline companion! Compiled by Joelle Margolin, Esq., Vice President of HR and Legal Cats’ claws all curve downward, which means that they can’t climb down trees head-first. Instead, they have to back down the trunk. A group of cats is called a clowder. The original meaning of clowder was a clotted…

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Gray Horse Genetics

June 27, 2017

By Meredith Kahn, M.S. “White” horses are a special type of horse. Beyond their obvious beauty, these horses actually have a unique genetic make-up. Technically termed “gray,” even at their whitest, these horses are born any color, and naturally progress whiter in color with age. White hairs gradually mix with the original color, and horses are usually completely white by 6-8 years of age, although…

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Chemotherapy-Induced Diarrhea

June 13, 2017

By Gina B. Franklin, RN MSN, Senior Director, Clinical Programs   What is Chemotherapy-Induced Diarrhea (CID)? Diarrhea is an increase in the frequency, urgency and/or volume of feces and can be a side effect in dogs being treated for cancer with certain chemotherapies. Diarrhea can have a severe impact on the already compromised health status of a dog with cancer. This side effect may range…

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World Environment Day

June 5, 2017

By Steven R. King, Ph.D. On this World Environment Day 2017, we would like to connect the dots between the long-term thriving of jaguars, habitat conservation, organic shade grown coffee, new medicines from the forest, climate change, indigenous cosmology, archaeology, human health, education, forest corridors and international cooperation to enhance species survival. In fact, the center point of these connections is the majestic jaguar Panthera onca,…

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June 1st is World Milk Day!

May 30, 2017

By: Meredith Kahn, M.S. World Milk Day was established in 2001 by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization to serve as a day for celebrating the importance of milk—from its origin, to its nutritional value, to the array of natural milk products that have a significant economic impact throughout the globe. World Milk Day is illustrious in many countries, with this number increasing on…

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Spotted: Another Wild Jaguar in the Southwest

May 22, 2017

By Aimee Kincaid, Project Manager Part of Jaguar’s staff contribution series Jaguars, the largest native feline in the Americas, may be making a comeback in the United States. El Jefe, so named in honor of his southernmost approach by conservationists, was “spotted” early in 2016 near the Santa Rita Mountains in Arizona—the first jaguar sighting in the region in more than six years! For months afterward,…

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The Carolina Dog: The American Dingo

May 19, 2017

By Anne-Marie Burger, Executive Assistant Part of Jaguar’s staff contribution series In the 1970’s, while studying the origins of the world’s remaining wild dogs, Dr I. Lehr Brisbin Jr. discovered a secretive, tan-colored dog living in isolated parts of the southeastern United States.  Brisbin was surprised to learn that these dogs were not feral, but a truly wild, landrace pariah dog*. The current theory is that…

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Cat Ownership & Overpopulation

May 9, 2017

By Niki Waldron, Head of Formulation Part of Jaguar’s staff contribution series Approximately 30-37% of households have a cat, which equates to an estimated 74-96 million cats owned in the US. In general, owned cats live longer and healthier lives. Most cats living in households are obtained from friends or family members, with only 29% adopted from shelters and rescues. Each year, about 3.4 million…

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When the Wild Wolf was Tamed

May 2, 2017

By Rocky Ordoñez, Digital Marketing & Operations Coordinator Part of Jaguar’s staff contribution series The domestic dog is one of the most genetically diverse species on the planet, but how and when and where they evolved has been up for debate amongst canine geneticists, perhaps until very recently. In early 2016, Peter Savolainen, a molecular biologist at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, and…

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