The hippopotamus. In Latin, it means horse of the river. Aggressive and unpredictable, yet capable of moments of extreme stillness and serenity.
This photo was taken in the Tarangire National Park in Tanzania where huge expanses of water stretch as far as the eye can see. Surprisingly, these huge bodies of water are only home to 8 hippos, despite the ideal habitat. Unfortunately, the hippos were heavily poached there in the 70s and 80s, and populations have yet to re-bound.
However, in other areas across Africa, hippos are thriving and increasing in number. Hopefully in time, the population in Tarangire National Park will also recover.
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Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a private reserve in the centre of Kenya. Originally founded as a rhino sanctuary in 1983, Lewa's rhino population has grown from 15 founding individuals to over 169 rhinos today. Lewa now holds 14% of Kenya's rhino population and is a leading pioneer in rhino conservation. By providing a suitable and safe habitat for threatened wildlife, Lewa has also enabled other key African species to thrive, including the critically endangered Grevy's zebra, elephants, lions, wild dogs, cheetah, the critically endangered Pancake tortoise and many more...
I have a masters in Wildlife Conservation and my thesis investigated black rhinos. I spent 7 months researching the black rhino population on Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and I worked with some of the most inspiring, passionate and amazing people that I have ever met. I have witnessed first-hand the incredible work that is conducted on Lewa: vital scientific research, cutting-edge anti-poaching strategies, working closely with the local communities and providing educational outreach programmes to the surrounding schools. Lewa is truly a catalyst for conservation.
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