DRYING RUAHA RIVER POSSIBLY CONTRIBUTES TO BUFFALO DECLINE

African buffalo, also known as Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer), are an extremely valuable species to hunters as one of Africa’s traditional “Big Five” game species. So when reports started coming in of buffalo declines occurring in Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park, everyone became concerned. In 2014, SCI Foundation partnered with the Health for Animals and Livelihood …

Ground-Breaking Hippo Research in Tanzania’s Ruaha River

Few species are as evocative of Africa as the hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibious). Entirely dependent on healthy aquatic ecosystems, hippos were once widespread in every freshwater system in sub-Saharan Africa. But in recent years some hippo populations have gone into decline, largely as a result of changes to their habitat. Tanzania’s Great Ruaha River is the …

Water Key for Tanzania’s Hippos and Ruaha Ecosystem

On Tuesday people around the globe celebrated World Water Day – a day designated by the United Nations as an opportunity to reflect on the importance of water to the health of humans and the environment. By Dr. Douglas McCauley, University of California Santa Barbara Hippopotamus have an obligate dependence on water – that is …

SCI Foundation Funds New Tanzanian Hippo Project

The hippopotamus is known for its enormous mouth, quick swimming ability and for being among the most dangerous animals in Africa, but they also play an important role in aquatic and wetland ecosystems of central and eastern Africa. Recently, concerns have been raised over declines in hippopotamus populations (between 7-20%) caused by human development and …