The Hedgehog Program is a research and education platform with the main goal to increase knowledge on the needs of African Pygmy Hedgehogs, their medical health and their genetics. The Hedgehog Program wants to achieve this by doing a genetics research first, to see patterns on how colors inherit and then research the possibilities of heath issues being caused by certain pigment mutations or through inbreeding. Through these two researches, she hopes to get vet clinics, universities and other institues and organisations interested enough to complete a Whole Genome Sequencing. This is a scientific research that gives a list of the full DNA set-up of organisms. From the function of their liver to the color of their eyes. After a WGS, she hopes to be able to work together with universities and other specialists to research which DNA parts belong to organ functions and which ones decide the colors of a hedgehog’s quills, mask and eyes. And with the list of scientifically proven igment mutations, it’s possible to research health issues and possibly even the cause of Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome and other well-known health issues within the species.
Although this will probably be a very long process to achieve, it’s certainly not impossible! With the right mindset and a good research, we might just do it!