|Town/Region||Bui National Park|
|Date||14 Feb 2019|
Hippopotamus population in West Africa have been identified to be of the highest level of risk due to severely fragmented population, distribution and high frequency of Hippo-human conflicts (Lewison & Pluháček, 2017). Quite recently, the species has been reported extinct in some African Countries including Liberia (Lewison & Pluháček, 2017).
In Ghana, Hippo population is estimated to be about 120-150 individuals, although no formal census has been undertaken in recent times (Sheppard et al. 2010). The highest of this population occurs at the Bui conservation area. Recently however, the government of Ghana has undertaken hydroelectric power project on the rivers in this area. This makes the current conservation status of the population uncertain. Accordingly, conservation actions focused on understanding the current population dynamics, and raising awareness of the conservation status of the species is urgently required.
This project will therefore determine population size and current distribution of Hippos in the Bui Conservation area. The project will further undertake targeted conservation education and awareness within the communities surrounding the reserve. Some activities include schools and campuses conservation campaigns, Hippo art competitions, planting of trees at along degraded watercourses, community conservation education using PowerPoint and storytelling amongst others.
It is anticipated that, these actions will reduce drastically the Hippo human conflicts within the area whilst providing critical conservation data that will underpin conservation decisions.
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