Many hunters leave hippos’ corpses behind and return home with just 12 teeth as their “trophies.”

Many hunters leave hippos’ corpses behind and return home with just 12 teeth as their “trophies.”

Hippos are one of the most recognizable creatures on the planet, with their barrel form, massive teeth, and jaws that can expand to nearly 180 degrees. Hippos are also a keystone species because their behavior, as “ecosystem engineers,” helps form and preserve landscapes and ecosystems while also promoting biodiversity. Their presence is vital to the […]

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‘Ecological island’: as Maasai herding lands shrink, so does space for Kenya’s elephants

‘Ecological island’: as Maasai herding lands shrink, so does space for Kenya’s elephants

Kenyan elephants risk a slow extinction in a bleak, ever-shrinking “ecological island” in one of the country’s most picturesque and photographed landscapes, according to a government report. The animals face a grim future as habitat loss is exacerbated by the pandemic’s impact on tourism, which is pushing landowners to sell off areas for development, and […]

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