Science Weekly: Hippotatomus on a Comeback


Who knew that hippos were in trouble?

In the 1970s, hippopotamus numbered around 30,000 in Virunga National Park, Africa’s oldest protected area. But these days those numbers are closer to 10 percent of that total. That’d be only about 3,000 water dwelling mammals in the 21st century.

These massive creatures have suffered from decades of poaching and habitat loss in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. But now in Virunga National Park, it seems that hippos are recovering, according to researchers from the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature and the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Check out the full info and a video by Newswise on the hippo comeback here.

Or if you’d like to enjoy some related Flight of the Conchords material for fun, here’s Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros.