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2010-10-15 06:00:00

Scientists have discovered a new species of carnivorous mammal in eastern Madagascar, according to several media reports on Thursday.  The mongoose-like creature has been dubbed Durrell's vontsira (Salanoia durrelli) after the late British conservationist Gerald Durrell, and belongs to the eupleridae family endemic to Madagascar. The animal was discovered in the wetlands of Lake Alaotra, Madagascar's largest lake.  The marsh habitat has suffered from invasive species and pollution,...

2008-09-06 21:00:08

When she was a schoolgirl in South Yorkshire Susie Parkin now smiles at the memory she had "millions of cats" and bred up to 10 guinea pigs at once. Sometimes she saw foxes slinking around the Sheffield suburb of Norton Lees where she lived. During holiday visits to the family caravan at Skirlington on the Holderness coast her parents would take her up to Flamborough to watch birds like puffins and kittiwakes. So far, so ordinary the typical household pets and wildlife of growing up in...


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Durrell's Vontsira, Salanoia durrelli
2012-06-14 21:14:07

Durrell's vontsira (Salanoia durrelli) is a carnivorous mammal that is native to Madagascar. It makes up the genus Salanoia along with its closest relative, the brown-tailed mongoose, although their similarities are merely genetic. This mammal has a small range, occurring only in Lac Alaotra, a marshy area that reaches an elevation of 2460 feet. First discovered in 2004, by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Durrell’s vontsira was not given species status until 2010. After the...

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