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Typically, when pet owners hear the word “infection,” they think of bacteria and viruses, but fungi can also be blamed. Although fungal infections are less prevalent than bacterial or viral infections, they can be just as dangerous. Pets can develop fungal infections via other animals, the environment, or the overgrowth of naturally occurring fungi on their bodies. However, fungal infections are not just a concern for pets and domestic animals; captive wild animal settings or zoos can also harbour potential emerging infectious diseases. It is estimated that 75% of these diseases are zoonotic, and of these, 70% originate in wildlife populations. Among these, fungal pathogens are emerging at an alarming rate worldwide and pose a significant threat to all species, from snakes to tigers.