Did you know that despite being native to 29 countries in Africa, the hippo is now found almost exclusively in confined areas?
The hippo is listed as vulnerable by the World Wildlife Fund.
Highly valued for their fatty meat and ivory teeth, hippos have become the target of poachers and their numbers have dropped significantly. The pigmy hippo, a solitary animal that lives in forest areas, has become rare and now is found solely in very restricted areas in the west. The large hippo (the one we all picture when we think of the hippo), is found in the east, south of the Sahara.
As human populations grow, they encroach on hippo habitats by building new settlements, roads, and increase the production of food agriculture.
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