The Pygmy Hippo Story

West Africa's Enigma of the Rainforest
 
 
Oxford University Press
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  • erschienen am 1. März 2017
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  • 475 Seiten
 
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978-0-19-062787-4 (ISBN)
 
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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978-0-19-062787-4 (9780190627874)
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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 is now pursuing her PhD at the University of Western Australia, where she focuses on pygmy hippo health, reproduction, and conservation.
Foreword - David P. Mallon, Manchester Metropolitan University Preface - Phillip. T. Robinson Authors' Introduction - The Authors I. DISCOVERY, HISTORY AND CAPTURE 1. What is a Pygmy Hippopotamus - Gabriella L. Flacke 2. Hippos in Popular Culture and Folklore - Gabriella L. Flacke 3. Looking for Enigmas in the Forest - Phillip T. Robinson 4. The Use and Abuse of Hippos in Nature - Phillip T. Robinson 5. Heslop's Pygmy Hippopotamus - Phillip T. Robinson 6. Hans Schomburgk - Hunter, Trapper, Bush Bicyclist - Phillip T. Robinson 7. Frans Van den Brink- Master Hippo Catcher - Phillip T. Robinson II. WORKING IN PYGMY HIPPO COUNTRY Phillip T. Robinson 8. Arriving in West Africa 9. Just Getting There is Most of the Journey 10. Wrestling the Town Chief in Pygmy Hippo Country 11. Journeys Without Destinations 12. Going Bush in Sierra Leone 13. Traveling Hammocks and Piggyback Rides 14. A Six to Six Walk 15. Small Planes 16. Navigating Pygmy Hippo Country Co-authors and Contributors 17. Pygmy Hippo Research on Tiwai Island - April L. Conway 18. Living the Dream - Gabriella L. Flacke 19. Pygmy Hippo Research in the Ivory Coast - Knut M. Hentschel 20. The Hippo Hotel of Ivory Coast - Waldemar Bülow III. BIOLOGY AND NATURAL HISTORY 21. The Flora and Fauna of Pygmy Hippo Country - Gabriella L. Flacke 22. The Feeding Behavior of Pygmy Hippos in the Wild - Knut M. Hentschel 23. The Pygmy Hippo Hunters - Phillip T. Robinson 24. Common Ground for Hippos in West Africa - Phillip T. Robinson 25. Sly, Shy or Focused? The Origins of Elusiveness - Phillip T. Robinson 26. Husbandry, Health and Pathology of Pygmy Hippos - Gabriella L. Flacke IV. CONSERVATION DURING WARTIME 27. Staying Alive During the War - Phillip T. Robinson 28 The Disruptions and Setbacks of Civil War - Phillip T. Robinson and Henk Dop 29. The Shortcut from Master Sergeant to President - Phillip T. Robinson V. CONSERVATION AND THE FUTURE 30. A Very Sad Story of Greed - Knut M. Hentschel 31. Conservation Genetics and Fragmented Populations - Gabriela L. Flacke and Phillip T. Robinson 32. Distribution and Population Estimates - Gabriella L. Flacke 33. Conservation Planning and Priorities - Gabriella L. Flacke AFTERWORD - The Authors IMAGE CREDITS INDEX

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