By Gracious Madondo
Zambia is planning to embark on a controlled slaughter of up to 2 000 hippos over the next five years.
According to inhabitat.com, Zambia Minister of Tourism, Charles Banda, said the country plans to revive the cull of 2000 hippos on the basis that the water in the Luangwa River - were most of the hippos are found is now too low to support the current population of hippos.
“The South Luangwa National Park has a population of more than 13 000 hippos, but the area is only ideal for 5 000 hippos,” Banda said.
The Zambian government believes the overpopulation of hippos could threaten Zambia’s ecosystem and that moving the hippos to other bodies of water would be expensive, leaving culling the only option.
The culling of hippos in the Southern Africa has however been opposed by various animal activists.