Hippos could be threatened with extinction due to demand for their teeth

October 10, 2017 by  
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To satisfy black market demand for ivory , poachers have turned to hippos . Hippopotamus teeth offer an unfortunate alternative as elephant populations plummet. But now the animals could face extinction – with one estimate suggesting the species could vanish within 100 years . The International Union for the Conservation of Nature classifies hippos as vulnerable . Their populations have fallen in Africa as their habitats have shrunk, and they’ve been hunted for teeth, skin, and meat. They’re in trouble – but according to Anglia Ruskin University teaching fellow Ben Garrod, writing for The Guardian , “The simple truth is that they are not high on the priority list of the international conservation community.” Related: China promises to end ivory trade by the end of this year A study published earlier this year in the African Journal of Ecology dug into the issue; two researchers at the University of Hong Kong found discordance in trade data that they said could undermine regulatory measures and harm African hippo populations. They said 90 percent of the global hippo teeth trade goes through Hong Kong . 75 percent of the imports come from Uganda or Tanzania . But Hong Kong declared a different volume of imports than the exports those two countries reported. The researchers think the trade in hippo teeth exceeds quotas that have been agreed upon internationally, saying more than 14,000 kilograms – around 30,865 pounds – are “unaccounted for between Uganda and Hong Kong, representing more than 2,700 individual hippos – two percent of the global population.” According to Quartz, demand for hippo teeth spiked after a 1989 ban on the international trade of ivory from elephants. Also, it’s far less difficult to smuggle hippo teeth than elephant tusks. Lead author Alexandra Andersson said in a statement , “It is imperative that authorities in both exporting and importing nations cross check the volumes of threatened species declared on paper to those actually received, work together to understand the cause of any discrepancies, as well as correct any reporting errors or fraudulent declarations. The fate of hippos – and a plethora of other species – could depend on it.” Garrod said hippos now desperately need our help as do elephants, and will until there’s a change in the demand for ivory. Via The Guardian and Quartz Africa Images via Pixabay and Pexels

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Texas Cheerleader Claims Hunting the “Big 5? in Africa is Conservation

July 2, 2014 by  
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19-year-old Kendall Jones, a cheerleader from Texas, has been hunting big game in Africa with her father for 10 years. Following in the footsteps of the reviled Melissa Bachman, she claims that her efforts to bag the Big 5 — elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, and Cape buffalo — are in fact “conservation.” With two online petitions currently being waged to either stop her activities or prevent her from promoting them through social media, it is apparent that many others see the situation differently. Read the rest of Texas Cheerleader Claims Hunting the “Big 5″ in Africa is Conservation Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa , Big Game Hunting , CITES , elephants , endangered animals , hippos , hunting , Kendall Jones , leopards , lions , namibia , petitions , rhinos , Zimbabwe

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Upcycled Bottles Become Giraffes, Hippos and Pigs in Nishi Chuahan’s Animal Farm Lamp Collection

December 24, 2012 by  
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Read the rest of Upcycled Bottles Become Giraffes, Hippos and Pigs in Nishi Chuahan’s Animal Farm Lamp Collection Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Animal Farm , Art , crafts , eco design , green design , hippos , India , Nishi Chauhan , pigs , Recycled Materials , sustainable design , sustainable lighting , upcycled glass lamps , wood and lac

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California Sets a New Record for Winter Solar Power Generation

December 24, 2012 by  
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California is taking the lead in reducing carbon emissions with one of the nation’s most ambitious renewable energy programs. By 2020, California intends to generate 33 percent of its power from renewable sources. If there was any doubt about its progress, the state recently set a record for winter solar power generation, almost reaching the previous record set  this summer of just over 1 gigawatt of solar energy. Read the rest of California Sets a New Record for Winter Solar Power Generation Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: california renewable energy , california solar power , carbon emissions reduction , green energy California , Renewable Energy Record , solar power record , Winter Solar Power Record California , Winter Solstice solar power record

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The ReCycle: World’s First 100% Recycled Bike is the Greenest Ride On the Road

December 24, 2012 by  
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Eco-conscious green transportation enthusiasts are in for a treat, as the world’s first 100% recycled bicycle comes onto the market.  Appropriately called ReCycle , the cool rides are made from used aluminum, and come in a variety of colors and styles, inspired by the global village in which we live. The brainchild of designer Bryce Edmonds, the ReCycle bike is the greenest ride on the road . Read the rest of The ReCycle: World’s First 100% Recycled Bike is the Greenest Ride On the Road Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 100% Recycled Bicycle , Bryce Edmonds , eco design , green design , green transportation , mBula bike , Moshi Moshi bike , Mudmaste , ReCycle Bike , sustainable design

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Poacher Attacked by Rhinos Hippos, Devoured by Lions

March 25, 2010 by  
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UPDATE: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the poachers were attacked by Rhinos.

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