FFI involved in first talks on pygmy hippo future

FFI took part in a recent workshop organised by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) and the Institute for Breeding Rare and Endangered African Mammals (IBREAM) on the future of the endangered pygmy hippo.

The pygmy hippo, endemic to the Upper Guinea Forest Ecosystem, is a nocturnal and secretive mammal. Very little is known about exactly where populations exist or the threats facing the species.

Bringing together key stakeholders from Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and the Ivory Coast – the four countries where the pygmy hippo can be found – the workshop identified important sites for pygmy hippo conservation.

A global conservation action plan for the pygmy hippo was developed and knowledge on effective tools for the planning and implementing conservation action was shared.

By the end of the three day workshop, held in Monrovia, Liberia, stakeholders had produced maps of the current and historical known distributional range of pygmy hippos.

Thanks to the workshop key stakeholders have developed a clear vision and identified actions necessary for the conservation of this beautiful yet enigmatic animal.

“FFI welcomed the chance to be involved in this important first workshop on pygmy hippo conservation. Effective collaboration between organisations is the best way forward in protecting this charismatic yet threatened mammal” said Dr Chloe Hodgkinson, Programme Manager for FFI’s Liberia Programme.