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Wildlife and our last remaining wild places are being destroyed because of human action or inaction and because of our own short –term greed.

Peter Fearnhead, CEO, African Parks Network, South Africa


 

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Category: Hippo Conservation

  1. Help pygmy hippos in Liberia

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    Help pygmy hippos in Liberia 
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    Head to the jungles of Liberia, and you’ll find the absolutely adorable pygmy hippopotamus.  

    They enjoy spending their time bobbing along rivers, plodding up the riverbank and searching for tasty leaves.

    Enter a group of illegal miners.  They’ve hacked and hammered their way deep into the ancient forest, hunting for rare metals.  They brought about rampant deforestation and poaching all around them and the hippos have nowhere to run to.   

    All but 3,000 are dead.  They are heading towards extinction.

    But there’s a chance to enable local rangers to protect the hippos’ home - and making it impossible for the mining to ever return in the future.

    They are working with local people who want to protect the ancient forests as much as Fauna and Flora International do.  

    Please help the pygmy hippos and keep them free to romp and stomp around their home in peace.

    Will you donate £3 to help Fauna and Flora International and keep the forests free from illegal mining and care for the pygmy hippos and keep them safe

    Please go to Fauna and Flora's website to donate

     

  2. Cull of hippos over-turned by Zambian Government

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    Thank goodness!  The Zambian Government has done an about-turn on its plan to cull over a thousand hippos in the Luangwa Valley.

    There had been increasing international pressure for the Zambian Government to justify why such a cull should take place.  The National Association of Community Resources Board in Zambia had also called for the cull to be reversed.  Born Free say local community representatives had also been against the cull. 

    Hippos across Africa are under more and more pressure – there are only 115,000 to 130,000 of them left, and the IUCN lists them as “Vulnerable”.

    There has been a lot of effort to end the elephant ivory trade – and now hippos are being targeted more and more for their ivory instead.

    We must do more to stop such exports.  And to stop trophy hunting in the first place.

    Born Free say they remain committed to working with the Zambian Government "to help secure a future of peaceful and prosperous co-existence between Zambia’s wildlife and its people."

    For more info from Born Free, click here