The World Conservation
This month's stories:
Residents, visitors and wildlife experts in the resort area of Ballito, near Durban South Africa, are taking in the rare sighting of a hippo that has been roaming the beaches and spending time in the ocean. Game officials, however, are quick to warn onlookers not to get too close a view.
According to Gaisford, "It is very unusual for hippos to take to the sea and move along the coastline, and we have been monitoring the animal…We have staff watching the animal just to see what it is doing. As soon as we have a sense of what the hippo is going to do, we will take appropriate action. We are hoping it will go back to where it came from. If human life is threatened, we will be forced to destroy it."
Unfortunately, the hippo's life is at risk as he moves further south because he is coming closer to humans and may run out of food. Lionel van Schoor from KZN Wildlife says they are doing whatever they can to protect and preserve this animal. But darting and relocation was not an option.
“Hippos don't take well
to darting” Mr van Schoor explained, “they die of
stress and this one would drown if we darted her in the water, and if
we tried to dart her on the beach, she would run into the water for
safety and again drown when the drug takes effect.”
Source: News24.com and
Wick, J. of IOL.co.za – 25 May 2008 and thisislondon.co.uk
– 27 May 2008
Residents of Mgababa village, South Africa, have never had access to clean drinking water.
Instead, they continue to collect water directly from the Elands River near Ngodwana in Mpumalanga, where two hippos have been known to attack residents.
"We want services now. We don't deserve to be treated like this by the government that we voted for," says one resident, Loster Mgwenya.
Ward committee member for Ward 12, Alfred Mgwenya, said the committee had reported the matter to the municipality several times, but without any success. He said residents were threatening to boycott the general elections next year unless they obtained access to clean water.
Sources: Nyathi, S. of
News24.com – 21 May 2008
A necropsy is planned for a hippopotamus that was euthanized this week at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
The 34-year-old Nile hippo, named
Maggie, was euthanized late on 6 May after veterinarians determined she
was suffering from arthritis and probable kidney failure.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is sad to
report that Maggie, the Zoo's 34-year-old Nile hippopotamus, lost her
battle with mounting health complications and was euthanized overnight.
Maggie, the Zoo's grand-matriarchal hippopotamus was plagued with
chronic lameness and arthritis.
The zoo says she enjoyed getting her teeth brushed and was fond of melons, peanut butter sandwiches and "ice treats."
examiner.com – 7 May 2008 and
8 May 2008