Pygmy Hippo Research Update - 2013 in Review

Well, 2013 was certainly an eventful year in the world of pygmy hippo PhD research! During the first three months...

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Pygmy Hippo Fieldwork begins

INTRODUCTION Dr Wei-Yeen Yap and Dr Gabriella Flacke will be conducting fieldwork throughout 2013 and 2014 in Taï...

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A Local Team of Ethiopian Vets Ready to Establish the Ethiopian Wolf Semen Bank

In August 2011, a first expedition to Ethiopia was carried out by IBREAM members to make a start with capacity...

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Join Freya on a day in the field with the Ethiopian wolves: Wonderful Video Footage

During her fieldwork, Freya van Kersteren was followed by a film crew who has managed to capture some unique footage of...

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Conservation update San Diego Zoo - Spring 2012

One step closer to solving a rhino reproductive mystery: Zoo diets for southern white rhinos may activate their...

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About IBREAM

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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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 Rhino

PhD student Annemieke van der Goot is studying reproduction in free-living white rhinos in their natural habitat in Africa, which will help us 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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Camping in the forestPygmy Hippo dungAs guest in a local villagePlacing a camera trapView from Mont NiénokouéCrossing a big river