Pygmy Hippopotamus — de Wets Wild

Today, on Endangered Species Day, we feature another African mammal that isn’t indigenous to South Africa. Choeropsis liberiensis With an adult population in the wild estimated at no higher than 2,500 animals and still declining, the IUCN considers the Pygmy Hippo to be an endangered species.  The biggest threats to their continued existence is hunting […]

Pygmy Hippopotamus — de Wets Wild

Satara Summer 2021 – The River Horses — de Wets Wild

The Hippopotamus is a perennial favourite with visitors to South Africa’s wild places. Generally regarded as “jolly”, probably because of their portly bodies, hippos are actually extremely aggressive and dangerous and noted for killing more people in Africa than any other wild mammal. Hangry Hippo! Seeing a hippo outside of the water during the day […]

Satara Summer 2021 – The River Horses — de Wets Wild

Waters in the Okavango Delta — Jet Eliot

The Okavango Delta is an inland delta in southern Africa, with waters formed by seasonal flooding. When the water is here, wildlife abound. More info: Okavango Delta Wikipedia. Hippos and Elephants, Botswana The Delta is flat and vast, covering 5,800 square miles (15,000 sq. km.); on the edge of the Kalahari Desert. We visited this […]

Waters in the Okavango Delta — Jet Eliot

The bodies of at least 28 hippopotamuses have been found in Ethiopia’s national park in the southwest of the country, local media reported Monday. The semi-aquatic mammals died in the Gibe Sheleko National Park, a part of the Gibe River, local broadcaster FANA said. Behirwa Mega, head of the park told FANA that the animals died between April 14 and 21 and that the cause of their deaths is presently unknown. The Gibe Sheleko National Park, was only established in 2011, is reportedly […]

via At least 28 hippos found dead in Ethiopia’s national park — FOX2now.com

In the Daily Monitor of 2019-08-21, Charles Onyango-Obbo narrates how hippos that once roamed Jinja have disappeared, thanks to the colonial efforts to transform Jinja into an industrial area and population growth. He finds this incomprehensible but more to that and even more captivating, elephants too roamed Jinja, at least until 1950s (see picture). These […]

via Elephants too, roamed Jinja and shared its golf course with hippos — Laban Musinguzi Lab

More than 500 endangered vultures died after eating three dead elephants whose carcasses were poisoned by poachers, the Botswana government said in a statement Thursday. The 537 vultures and two tawny eagles were found dead in one of the country’s protected wildlife management areas (WMA) in the eastern Central District. Among the animals killed were 468 white-backed vultures, 28 hooded vultures, 17 white-headed vultures, 14 lappet-faced vultures and 10 cape vultures. All are classified as either endangered or critically endangered by […]

via More than 500 endangered vultures die after eating poisoned elephant carcasses — FOX59