Charcoal pits threaten Hispaniolan solenodon


Scientists are in the Dominican Republic in an attempt to save one of the world's most strange and ancient mammals - the Hispaniolan solenodon.

This creature has been around since the time of the dinosaurs, and is the only mammal that can inject venom through its teeth - but it is now under threat.

Researchers say that more and more patches of forest are being burnt down to make charcoal - and this is having an impact on solenodon numbers, as Pedro Martinez, from the Hispaniolan Ornithological Society, explains.

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