August 29, 2003 |
The hippopotamus population in eastern Congo, once the world's largest, has been devastated by civil war and poaching, the World Wide Fund for Nature said. A survey in Virunga National Park shows that only 1,300 hippos remain, compared with 29,000 less than 30 years ago, the WWF said. Susan Lieberman, director of WWF International's species program, said armed factions killed the animals for their meat and teeth, which are used in the ivory trade.
June 4, 1998 |
A hippopotamus has died of bacterial pneumonia at Disney's Animal Kingdom, the latest in a series of deaths of animals at the new theme park in Lake Buena Vista. The 13-year-old female was found lying dead in a pool in the park's savanna, a 120-acre area built to replicate the African bush, Disney spokesman Bill Warren said. Nearly 30 animals, including cheetahs, an otter, a rhino and another hippo, died at the park before it opened in April. The U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2002 |
A doctor who kept a rare pygmy hippopotamus in his backyard for a decade before it was seized by authorities has defended his treatment of the animal. Arthur Stehly, 63, said he always kept unusual animals while his 10 children were growing up. He said the hippo, which had a skin condition that caused it to bleed, was well fed and happy. No charges were filed against Stehly. The hippo was seized eight months ago, but Stehly had not discussed the incident until now.
October 5, 1998 |
In a legend popular among many Africans, the great creator allowed hippos to live in the water under one condition: They could not eat fish, which had been promised to the crocodiles. So every night since the beginning of time, the voracious vegetarians have taken to land in search of supper. But along the lush banks of the Crocodile River on the outskirts of this impoverished black township near Kruger National Park, the sacred deal is running afoul of South Africa's young democracy.
October 22, 2006 |
Hippos in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo face extinction and could be wiped out in many parts of Virunga National Park by year's end because of intense poaching by rebels, the Zoological Society of London said Saturday. In the first two weeks of October, more than 400 hippos were slaughtered in the park, once home to one of Central Africa's greatest hippopotamus populations, the group said.
August 18, 2002 |
Zookeepers in the Czech capital lured a hippopotamus out of its hiding place in the elephants' pavilion Saturday, thrilled to find the animal had survived last week's devastating floods. The 18-year-old hippo, named Slavek, was spotted only Friday, days after the animal disappeared in the chaos of raging waters at the Zoological Garden. "For us, it was a great surprise to find him," said zoo director Petr Fejk. "He was very angry." But he did not stop eating, Fejk said.