Gifts for hippopotamus lovers - help the hippopotamus and the pygmy hippo
There are a number of ways you can support the hippopoptamus and give the hippo lover in your life a hippo gift!
You'll find the common hippopotamus in western, central, eastern and southern parts of Africa. But African wildilfe are under threat from many pressures, including deforestation & hunting, and the hippopoptamus is just one species whose numbers are dwindling. Their teeth are in demand as hunters turn to them after the ban on the elephant ivory trade. In the last 10 years, hippo numbers have declined by 20% and some areas such as the Democratic Republic of Congo and West Africa have seen a particular decrease in numbers.
The hippopoptamus is one of the largest land animals in the world, weighing up to 3,000kg. Despite their size, they can run for up to speeds of 30km an hour for very short bursts of time. This is despite the fact they can weigh up to 3,000kg.
The Trust cares for a number of wild African hippos in Zimbabwe. In 1992, Karen Paolillo's geologist husband was sent to a remote bush camp there. It was at the time of a severe drought, and karen stepped in to safe the lives of a group of hippos there who were going to die. Karen raised over £26,000 with the help of the UK charity Care for the Wild to feed them. You can read the Trust's history here. It is pretty incredible what people can do when they set their minds to it, and their story is inspiring.
There's a choice of hippos to adopt with lots of info about each one! The Trust has quite a number of videos on their website showing hippos & other wildlife around their base. They also have a few goodies and a calendar you can can treat a loved one to. Adopt a hippo for £35 for a year and your gift will play a part in their on-going care.
"A Hippo Love Story" (published in July 2014) tells the story of Karen's fight to protect her hippo family and it's available from Amazon as a kindle edition. It could make a great gift for the hippo lover in your life! You can buy a hard signed copy here and a hard copy (not signed) here