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Featured article: August 15, 2008

A pair of Pygmy hippopotami

The Pygmy Hippopotamus is a large mammal native to the forests and swamps of western Africa. The pygmy hippo is reclusive and nocturnal. It is one of only two extant species in the hippopotamidae family, the other being its much larger cousin the common hippopotamus. The pygmy hippopotamus displays many terrestrial adaptations, but like its larger cousin, it is semi-aquatic and relies on proximity to water to keep its skin moisturized and its body temperature cool. Behaviors such as mating and birth may occur in water or on land. The pygmy hippo is herbivorous, feeding on whatever ferns, broad-leaved plants, grasses and fruits it finds in the forests. A rare nocturnal forest creature, the pygmy hippopotamus is a difficult animal to study in the wild; it also lives primarily in countries with a great degree of civil strife. Pygmy hippos lead mostly solitary lives; they are sometimes seen in pairs or threesomes, but never large pods like the common hippopotamus. Unlike the common hippopotamus, they are not known to be territorial. Pygmy hippos were unknown outside of West Africa until the 19th century. Introduced to zoos in the early 20th century, they breed well in captivity and the vast majority of research is derived from zoo specimens. The survival of the species in captivity is more assured than in the wild: the World Conservation Union estimates that there are less than 3,000 pygmy hippos remaining in the wild. (more...)

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The Lost Chord, recorded by George Gouraud. It was played at the August 14, 1888 press conference that introduced the phonograph to London. (file info)

Featured picture: August 18, 2008

Caligo eurilochus

Caligo eurilochus is an owl butterfly ranging from Mexico, through Central America, to the Amazon River basin in South America.

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Featured list: List of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in Somerset

This is a list of the Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in Somerset, England, United Kingdom. In England the body responsible for designating SSSIs is Natural England, which chooses a site because of its fauna, flora, geological or physiographical features.[1] There are 127 sites designated in this Area of Search, of which 83 have been designated due to their biological interest, 35 due to their geological interest, and 9 for both.[2]



Site name Reason for Designation Area[A] Grid reference[B] Year in
which notified
Hectares Acres
Aller and Beer Woods Green tickY   56.9 140.6 ST404305 1952 [1]
Aller Hill Green tickY   18.4 45.4 ST408291 1988 [2]
Asham Wood Green tickY   141.6 347.5 ST705460 1963 [3]
Axbridge Hill and Fry's Hill Green tickY   67.1 160.1 ST433555 1990 [4]
Babcary Meadows Green tickY   13.6 31.6 ST567293 1988 [5]
River Barle Green tickY   104.2 257.5 SS723423 1997 [6]

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