NILE CROCODILE & HIPPOPOTAMUS

 

COMMON HIPPOPOTAMUS
(Hippoppotamus amphibius)

Geographic Range: Widespread throughout tropical Africa

Conservation Status: IUCN Red List: VULNERABLE

Cameroon Classification: Class A (integrally protected)


 

NILE CROCODILE
(Crocodylus niloticus)

Geographic Range: Widespread throughout tropical Africa

Conservation Status: IUCN Red List: LEAST CONCERN

Cameroon Classification: Class A (integrally protected)

Forever inseparable, forever enemies. This is how the relationship between these two massive river lovers would be best described. During the dry season, water is so scarce (even in the Bénoué River) the two enemies have to get used to live together.

Bénoué National Park is with the neighbouring national parks Boubandjidah and Faro, one of the last haven for these two species in Cameroon. Both suffering from the international wildlife trade (hippo teeth are made of ivory, and Nile crocodile skin is one of the favourites of luxury brands), their respective ranges have much decreased in Cameroon.


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