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The Last Caribbean Survivors

This talk is one of a series which give a unique insight a major conservation project in the Dominican Republic.

The Caribbean was a hotspot for mammal diversity before the arrival of man. Of the original 120 species which were unique to this part of the world only 15 are thought to survive to this day. The island of Hispaniola (Haiti and Dominican Republic) provides one example of how these unique species have disappeared across the Caribbean islands. Of the original 25 land mammals (not including bats) on Hispaniola only two species survive to this day, the Hispaniolan Solenodon and Hutia. These two species are found nowhere else on earth and are special for many reasons apart from the fact that they are the last survivors. Both have a very ancient heritage, the solenodon in particular can be truly referred to as a living fossil. Solenodon are also one of the few mammal species to produce toxic saliva which they can inject into their insect prey by means of a grooved tooth.


Dr Samuel Turvey | talks | www


Date and Time:

7 July 2010 at 7:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



33 Greyhound Road
W6 8NH
020 7381 5727

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£15 or £25 for two. Concessions £10 or £17 for two.

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Tickets include entry to accompanying exhibition and a drink. All money from ticket sales will go to The Last Suvivors Conservation Project

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