Page last updated at 13:11 GMT, Wednesday, 2 June 2010 14:11 UK

Bizarre mammal on brink of extinction


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.


Story Tools


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2020 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific