The Pygmy Hippo Story: West Africa's Enigma of the Rainforest

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Though the pygmy hippopotamus has been designated as a flagship species of West African forests (meaning that by raising conservation efforts for a single species, an entire ecological region could benefit), very little research has been published on the animal. They are solitary, nocturnal, and highly evasive, and until recent developments in "camera trap" technology, they were considered the least-photographed large mammal species in the world. The information currently available on this endangered species is scattered, limited, redundant, and often inaccurate, and no major volume exists as a resource for those interested in the conservation effort for the species, until now.

Phillip Robinson and his coauthors provide a treatment of the natural history, biology, and ecology of the pygmy hippo, along with a discussion of the rare animal's taxonomic niche and a summary of the research initiatives involving it up to this point. The authors show the ways in which the pygmy hippo has come into contact with people in West African countries, both in terms of ecological and cultural impact. This creature has been the subject of local folktales, and is treated as almost mythic in some regions. Information on issues related to captivity, breeding, and zoos is provided. The book is heavily illustrated with original photographs and anatomic drawings. The project should be of use to conservation biologists, zoologists and natural history readers, and will be the definitive single-volume account of an animal that the scientific community has designated to be ecologically significant to West Africa.

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Philip T. Robinson, MS, DVM, DACZM, is a board certified veterinarian in zoological medicine and recently retired as the Director of the Department of Laboratory Animal Resources at the University of Toledo (Ohio). He was formerly the chief veterinarian at the San Diego Zoo and first worked with the pygmy hippo in West Africa in 1968.

Knut Hentschel, MS, PhD is now retired after a long career of research and conservation efforts, notably in Africa. After completing his PhD at the University of Braunschweig, Germany in 1990, Hentschel dedicating twenty years to positions in Uganda, Central African Republic, and the Ivory Coast, including radiotelemetry studies of the pygmy hippopotamus.

Gabriella Flacke, DVM, MS has lived and worked in Southern Africa where she served as clinical veterinarian for both the KwaZulu-Natal African Wild Dog Conservation and Reintroduction Programme in South Africa and the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Otjiwarongo, Namibia. She has recently completed her PhD at the University of Western Australia, where her research focused on pygmy hippo health, reproduction, and conservation. She is now working as an associate veterinarian at Zoo Miami.

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This book, written by Phillip T. Robinson, Gabriella L. Flacke and Knut M. Hentschel is the first monograph of West Africa's enigma of the rainforest. It presents the most comprehensive description of this species...Hopefully the book will help to raise interest in these forests and the enigmatic...pygmy hippos living in them! * Thiemo Braasch, Suiform Soundings *

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