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Saving a Venomous Ghost

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Science  31 Jul 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5940, pp. 531
DOI: 10.1126/science.325_531

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U.K. scientists are teaming up to help ensure the survival of the elusive Hispaniolan solenodon (Solenodon paradoxus), one of the rare examples of a venomous mammal. Starting in October, Richard Young of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in Bath, U.K., will lead the most extensive solenodon surveys so far in Hispaniola—an island shared by two countries, Haiti and the Dominican Republic—to find out more about these creatures with the hope of coming up with a conservation plan. Young and Samuel Turvey, a paleontologist and conservation biologist at the Zoological Society of London, will also examine the animal's genetics and evolutionary history.