The solendonte is a prehistoric creature found in Punta Cana
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Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve

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The Hispaniolan hutia, a large arboreal rodent, and the solenodon, a large insectivorous shrew-like mammal, are terrestrial mammals found only on the island of Hispaniola. The solenodon is a historic relic thought to be over 70 million years old. Very little is known about the status and natural history of both of these animals, but populations of both species are likely to be in decline as forest environments continue to be degraded and destroyed in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

In early 2009, a Darwin Initiative grant from the British Government created a three-year project in the Dominican Republic to start answering these questions and to build the supporting capacity needed to plan the conservation of these species. Led by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, this joint project involves the Hispaniola Ornithological Society (SOH), the Zoological Society of London, the Dominican National Zoo, and the Dominican Ministry of Environment. The PUNTACANA Ecological Foundation has been assisting in efforts to identify the species in the Punta Cana region. So far the hutia has been positively identified in the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve and strong signs of the presence of the solenodon have also been detected.

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PUNTACANA Ecological Foundation, Dominican Republic
Tel: (809) 959-9221 - Fax (809) 959-8483