The Pygmy Hippo Story: West Africas Enigma of the Rainforest

Hardcover | March 29, 2017

byPhillip T. Robinson, Gabriella L. Flacke, Knut M. Hentschel

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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 skittish, 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 asa 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 its research initiatives up to this point. The authors show the ways in which the pygmy hippo has comeinto contact with people in West African countries, both in terms of ecological impact and cultural: the creature has been the subject of local folktales, and is treated as almost mythic by some regions. Information on issues related to captivity, breeding, and zoos will be provided. The book isheavily illustrated with original photographs and anatomic drawings. The project should be of use to conservation biologists and zoologists, and will be the definitive single-volume account of an animal that the scientific community has designated to be ecologically significant to WestAfrica.

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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 skittish, and until recent developments i...

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. ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:456 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:March 29, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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