Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary
Hippopotamuses are an iconic and important part of their ecosystem, helping to regulate both aquatic and terrestrial habitats. They are great ecosystem engineers, restoring balance for other wildlife both in water and on land. Although biodiversity monitoring indicates the hippo population is increasing, there’s still more work to be done.
Did you know?
Hippos are the third largest land mammal after elephants and white rhinos. Females can weigh up to 3000lbs!
Hippo dung is vital to the African river ecosystem. This organic matter is a source of nutrition for a variety of river fish and aquatic insects, and represents a crucial flow of energy.
We are proud to work with the following partners and collaborators: