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  1. I flew in to Arusha and I was pleasantly surprised how clean and efficient everything was. The weather was beautiful and I stayed at Arusha Coffee Lodge. I had stayed there 10 years ago, but I had no real memory of it. It's a beautiful lodge located in beautiful grounds. There were birds singing everywhere. The rooms were just lovely, the food and the services were both excellent. I slept one night and flew the next day to Katavi National Park. I was staying at Chada Katavi which I felt was simply an outstanding camp. The Tanzanian manager Mwanza was excellent and I couldn't have been more impressed with his kindness, courtesy and enthusiasm. I spent no less than one week here and was fortunate enough to go fly camping twice, and one night drive. I'm not exaggerating when I say that this was without doubt one of the best experiences which I ever had on safari. This was already my 12th safari and my longest safari lasted 2 months and my second longest lasted 6 weeks. The all important wilderness "vibe".I couldn't have been better; elephants were constantly coming into the camp and one could hear their footsteps at night. I also heard lions and many other animals at night. The tents couldn't have been more comfortable and the staff was just excellent as was the food.
  2. ~ This article from the U.K. Daily Mail tells of circuses in Eastern Europe and Russia, especially Siberia, which have performing hippo acts. Apparently intended for family entertainment, hippos perform in groups. The images in the article depict hippos performing in circus rings, with no apparent barriers with the audience. The trained hippo acts are unlike what river-dwelling hippos might do in the wild.
  3. ~ This article published in Live Science summarizes the ongoing threats to hippopotamuses due to poaching for bushmeat and ivory. The author is the staff photographer for the Wildlife Conservation Society, offering hippo photos to accompany the text. The Great Ruaha River is gradually drying up as a result of expanding rice conservation, hence reducing hippo habitat. The Wildlife Conservation Society is working with local communities to mitigate illegal water withdrawal.
  4. Hi for the first time in 21 years I had to make the decision in August to give food to 21 wild hippos here in the Save Valley Conservancy in Zimbabwe. I did this back in 92 which allowed the last remaining river hippos to survive, a total of 13 hippos. All other hippos in that river system died. Two of the 13 hippos conceived while feeding and 49 calves have been born since that horrendous drought. Here we are in 2013 and a localised drought has put the Turgwe Hippos in danger. Due to the illegal settlers that moved into the Conservancy back in 2000 there is nowhere that the hippos can move to to find grazing away from this area. Their old territories were taken over by people and livestock and the rest of the Conservancy does not have the water sources that the hippos require or the grazing. So I decided to feed. Thanks to the Harmony Fund of the USA we managed to purchase a reliable old second hand four by four in order to feed the three groups of hippos. We have thanks to the hippo supporters managed to keep going until now but by the middle of October we will not have any funds left to buy hay, survival ration and pay for the transport for the food. So we need help. If every person reading this donated even twenty dollars we could purchase food. If you are in the States and you go to this appeal you will get a receipt for tax purposes. Please help us to save these hippos. Here is a link to my video as well so that you can see that we are actually on the ground feeding the hippos. . the link for the appeal is here. Thank you all Karen Paolillo Turgwe Hippo Trust Zimbabwe September 2013

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