The Hippopotamus: Endangered Species Report

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The Hippopotamus: Endangered Species ReportThe ban on elephant ivory trading has slowed down the poaching of elephants, butnow poachers are getting their ivory from another creature, the hippopotamus. Forthe poacher, the hippo is an easy target. They stay together for long hours in muddywater pools, as many as eighty-one can be found in a single square mile. Thisconcentration is so big it's only second to that of the elephant. Poachers kill theanimal, then pick out the teeth and sell them for as much as seventy dollars per kilo.This is a very cheap price. Elephant ivory sells for as much as five-hundred dollarsper kilo. The reason the price-per-kilo is so slow is because hippo ivory is verybrittle compared to the much stronger elephant ivory.Elephant ivory is no longer at the biggest risk for poaching; hippo ivory is. EasternZaire once had one of the largest hippo populations in the world, around 23,000hippos. According to a count done in 1994, this number has now dropped to11,000. The 1989 ban on elephant ivory is the main cause attributed to theexponential rise to hippo ivory trade.'European and African activists are petitioning advocacy groups, including lastweek's annual Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species in Florida,for a ban on hippo poaching. But they say they're a long way from putting an end tothe slaughter.' (Howard & Koehl)The hippopotamus is an enormous amphibious animal with smooth, hairless skin.Hippos can be found in Liberia, the Ivory Coast, and a few can also be found inSierra Leone and Guinea. Hippos used to be found anywhere south of the SaharaDesert where they could find enough water and plenty of room to graze. Now, dueto poachers and predation they are confined to protected areas, but they can stillsometimes be seen in many major rivers and swamps.Hippos need water that is deep enough to cover them, but it also has to be very...

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