Endangered Species Act

Getting Wild With…Hippopotamuses!

Hippopotamuses, which are native to Africa, are semi-aquatic animals, meaning that they live both in water and on land. An adult male hippo can weigh up to 9,000 pounds, but they are still very good swimmers. Hippo populations have been dropping due to habitat loss caused by climate change and hunting. As hippos are reliant on freshwater systems, they are often threatened by drought and the loss of grazing areas.

Elephant Trial

Animal rights groups and Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus went to court in February to decide if the circus is violating the Endangered Species Act by mistreating elephants.