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Bizarre mammal on brink of extinction

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One of the world's most ancient and bizarre mammals is on the brink of extinction. The Solenodon dates from the time of the dinosaurs and is the only mammal in the world to have a venomous bite.

With deforestation and other human activity threatening its survival, a team of researchers from London Zoo and Durrell Zoo has been trekking through the Dominican Republic on the hunt for this elusive creature.

George Alagiah asked one member of the team, conservationist Dr Richard Young, how the Solenoden has managed to survive for so long.

GMT with George Alagiah is broadcast weekdays at 1200 and 1230 GMT on BBC World News channel. Find out more information about regional broadcast times here.

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