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Biodiversity challenge – Cuban solenodon

Fading star

*
Dwindle,
Dwindle,
Cuban star
Someone left
The door ajar.
Feral peril runs amok
Plundering the local stock.
Native mammals
Largely gone.
Can we save
Solenodon
?

© Tim Knight and timknightwriter, 2014

Species profile: Cuban solenodon

IUCN Red List Category: Endangered

The Cuban solenodon or almiqui is a small insectivorous mammal that superficially resembles a shrew on steroids. In fact, solenodons diverged from all other mammal species an incredible 76 million years ago. This is one of only two solenodon species left on the planet. Solenodons are the only mammals known to subdue their prey using toxic saliva. Formerly among the dominant native predators in the West Indies, they are now threatened with extinction as a result of falling prey to introduced predators such as mongooses, dogs and feral cats.

Biodiversity challenge – Nene

Nene no-no

The nene would be history
Were it not for Peter Scott.
Its goose looked cooked
Until he plucked a handful
From Hawaii to a safer spot.
But here’s the biggest mystery:
Why, why
Introduce
The mongoose
To Hawaii?
“Welcome to Hawaii,
Asian mongoose.
Have you met
Hawaiian goose?
Say aloha,
Wave goodbyeee.”

© Tim Knight and timknightwriter, 2014.