International Hippo Foundation

Working to improve the conservation status and future of hippo species through research and conservation action.

The International Hippo Foundation is a volunteer, non-profit organization formed to support and promote hippo conservation by funding hippo research.
The International Hippo Foundation is recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by the US Internal Revenue Service. The International Hippo Foundation was formed in 2003.

Lack of knowledge of hippo ecology stands in the way of effective conservation
Despite their frequent appearances in children's book, in cartoons, and on coffee mugs, we know surprisingly little about hippos. For both common and pygmy hippos, we have insufficient information on their basic ecology, such as habitat and food requirements, population sizes, and social interaction. This is key information that is needed to protect these amazing animals.

Our goal is to promote hippo research
To protect remaining populations of both hippo species, there are important ecological questions that need to be answered. Here are some examples - How far do common hippos travel from a river? How many pygmy hippos are left in Liberia? How do pygmy hippos find mates in disturbed forest areas? How will common hippo populations respond to droughts or water diversion for agriculture? Are vulnerable common hippos in West Africa a separate subspecies? To answer these critical questions, more research is needed. 100% of donated funds will go to support hippo research.

You can help protect and conserve pygmy and common hippos by supporting hippo research!

Make a tax-deductible contribution to IHF today to help support critical research needed to ensure these amazing animals are protected.

Please help ensure a future for Africa's hippos. Please send your tax-deductible contribution to:

International Hippo Foundation
2302 Montclair St.
San Diego, CA 92104

For a printable, donation form, click here

IHF has obtained charitable status with the Internal Revenue Service. Contributions to IHF are fully deductible as we are a Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization.

Thank you for your support!


The International Hippo Foundation