Pygmy Hippopotamus Labwork in Florida at SEZARC

Back in April of 2014, I travelled to 12 zoos around the USA to meet their pygmy hippos and initiate sample collection...

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Pygmy Hippo project interview

PhD student Dr Gabriella Flacke was interviewed by Techly Australia to explain her project with the pigmy hippos. Read...

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African wild dog research update USA: May – September 2014

My 6 month long USA fieldwork ended in September 2014 and I must say, it was quite an adventure! My plane landed in...

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Pygmy Hippo USA fieldwork update May & June 2014

In the last six weeks, I have driven over 4500 miles (7000km) through 14 of the 50 states in the USA, all in the name...

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Very sad news... One of our beloved Rhinos is no longer with us now

One of the rhinos that IBREAM monitored intensively in South Africa, Mohlaki (meaning "explorer, discoverer") died...

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By combining conservation with cutting-edge reproductive science, IBREAM is developing tools that could mean no mammal need ever be lost to extinction

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Our Current Projects

The Pygmy Hippo

Pygmy Hippos are elusive, solitary forest animals, listed as Endangered by IUCN. Their habitat has been eroded to such an extent that they are now restricted to just a 5,000 km² area of West Africa and in 1994 approximately 3000 animals were estimated to exist in the wild, although this is now likely to be much lower. We are carrying out pioneering work both in zoos and in the wild to help preserve the Pygmy Hippo and save it from extinction.

The Ethiopian Wolf

The Ethiopian Wolf plays a vital role in its local ecosystem but with less than 500 adults remaining it is in critical danger. IBREAM is working to develop tools that will allow us to understand the reproductive biology of the species, enabling assisted breeding as a backup plan for its long-term preservation. We also aim, together with our local partners, to set up an Ethiopian Wolf semen bank.

The African wild dog

Less than 2,500 adult African Wild Dogs remain on the planet and this number continues to decline. But not enough is known about the species to allow an effective program of assisted reproduction. IBREAM is researching the reproductive biology of African Wild Dogs to help prevent the species from being lost forever.

The African White Rhinoceros

Wildlife researcher Annemieke van der Goot studies reproduction in free-living white rhinos in their natural habitat in Africa, which will help understand and solve reproductive problems that are threatening the survival of the white rhino, one of the last giant mammals living on our planet.

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