As I’m sure you’ve heard, the earthquake in Haiti has had devastating consequences for the nation and it’s people. But also greatly affected by the earthquake are the animals and ecosystem of the island. Haiti is home to a diverse array of animals, including one of the world’s rarest mammals, the Hispaniolan Solenodon.
Pictured below, the animal is so rare that this is the cutest picture I could find of one. This video is the only recorded footage of little guy. The Solenodon burrows in top soil so it’s likely many of their homes were affected by the earthquake as well.
But you can help the animals of Haiti out, by donating to the International Fund for Animal Welfare, which will be dispatched to the area to take care of injured animals as soon as the humanitarian effort has been stabilized. The IFAW website says that donations will go towards “bandages, vaccines, antibiotics and other supplies for our mobile veterinary clinic.”
Of course, you can also donate to the human relief fund by texting HAITI to 90999, to donate $10 to the Red Cross that will show up on your cellphone bill. You can also donate to the Red Cross online. Anything you can give helps!