Researchers with Lincoln Park Zoo's Urban Wildlife Institute and Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology have been collecting samples and ticks from voles, mice, shrews and other small mammals to determine how their habitat affects their health. So far, the researchers have found that city mice might be longer-lived than their country cousins, native vegetation appears to reduce the number of invasive species, and higher diversity of small mammals reduces the spread of Lyme disease.
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