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Zoological Society of London (ZSL) intends to save Pgymy hippopotamus and other defenceless creatures

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The Pgymy hippopotamus is a shy nocturnal animal
who spends much of his time in West African forests eating
fallen fruits, ferns, shrubs, grasses. Unfortunately men discovered
his teeth contain better ivory than elephant tusks, and the hunt was on.
Image: Zoological Society of London

There is a wonderful tradition of century-old British efforts to protect animals at home and abroad from harm through organizations such as the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Worldwide Fund for Nature, and Gerald Durrell's Wildlife Conservation Trust. Now the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has launched a conservation programme to protect some of the world's most unusual and vulnerable creatures.

ZSL is placing species like the Pygmy hippopotamus, the Bumblebee bat, and the Slender loris – the baby primate is as small as your finger –under its Edge of Existence programme, for these animals are clinging to existence.

Restoring and protecting habitats and involving young students are part of ZSL’s plans for protection, according to BBC News.

The ZSL has more information HERE.

We describe Durrell HERE.

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