River Horse

River Horse Photo
We typically associate ivory with elephant tusks, but this black-market substance is also found in hippo teeth and tusks. In addition to threats from poaching, hippos also face habitat loss, and it’s believed their populations may have diminished by 20 percent in the last decade alone. To safeguard these “river horses” (the translation of their name in the ancient Greek language), WCS works to reduce human-hippo conflict in Zambia. We’re also conserving their habitats, including Zambia’s Luangwa River, which supports Africa’s largest population of common hippos.
Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

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