Ivory Poachers Turn Their Sights On Hippos
Hippo teeth are prized in Hong Kong, which buys 90 per cent of African exports of the ivory
Hippopotamuses face being the next African species to become extinct after poachers began targeting them for their teeth as a substitute for elephant ivory.
While the trade in hippo teeth is legal and regulated, academics at the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Hong Kong found substantial discrepancies between official African export numbers and Asian import figures, leading them to conclude that illegal hippo poaching was taking place.
Hippo teeth are prized in Hong Kong, which buys 90 per cent of African exports of the ivory. Hippo ivory is durable, cheaper than that from elephants and easy to carve into trinkets.
Hippopotamuses have been defined as a vulnerable species with between 113,000 to 150,000 living in sub-Saharan Africa.
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