Fish cleaning hippopotamus

Science News Blog says about this video:

Hippo Spa: Hippos Get Thoroughly Cleaned by Fish

African hippos get cleaned from head to toe by fish, as you can see in this great underwater footage from National Geographic. The hippo’s skin, tail, rear and mouth are all cleaned by different types of fish, including Cichlids, Barbus and Labeo fish.


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  1. FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

    Gambia: Department of Wildlife on Measures to Prevent Hippo Invasion of Rice Fields

    Abdoulie G. Dibba

    25 January 2012

    Reports are coming from the Central River Region regarding the invasion of hippos and monkeys leading to destruction of rice fields. This development, coupled with the erratic rain fall last year, is increasing the poverty of the farmers.

    The Department of Wildlife was contacted to find out whether they have evolved a policy that would balance Wild Life Conservation and the quest to attain food self sufficiency.

    Talking to this reporter at the Department of Wildlife on Tuesday, 24th of January 2012, on the incidence of the wild animals, particularly the hippos, infiltrating and destroying rice fields, Mr. Ousainou Touray said a survey was designed to search and count the number of hippopotami that could be found, but added that some hippos are not easily seen from the boat when there is high tide which could easily affect the results. He said according to the survey report, sightings are favourable during low and medium tides and that nonetheless, the total count method is accurate in establishing the true numbers of such populations.


    Mr. Touray said a total count of hippopotami was conducted from the 3rd to 18th June 2011 for the purpose of documenting their abundance and distribution in The Gambia. He said this report covers the river Gambia and its tributaries in Central River, Upper River, Lower River and North Bank Regions.

    The Wild Life official noted that the areas surveyed are those with brackish and freshwaters as they provide a suitable range for the hippopotami. He said it was also gratifying note that the highest concentration of the species was found in the River Gambia National Park.

    According to the report, Mr Touray said, a total of 79 individual hippos were counted in 15 sites and that the best sightings were recorded at Old site 1 and 2 where 32 hippopotami were counted. In addition to these counts mentioned above, he said, River Gambia National Park consists of two other sample sites such as Panya Meseng and Bush Feeding where 8 hippopotami were recorded. “River Gambia National Park’s four sample sites therefore represented 62.5% of all hippopotami counted in 2011,” said the Wild Life official.

    The remaining 37.5%, he said, were recorded mostly in Upper River Region.

    On the options or methods for preventing hippo invasion into rice fields, Mr Touray said according to the report on community consultative meetings to implement the Hippo Survey recommendations suggestions were invited from the members and that the suggestions were discussed according to their merits and demerits. He said the recommendations made to prevent hippo intrusion were fencing of the fields with wire and iron poles; digging V shaped trenches/canal surrounding the fields; putting Ring fence and fencing field with wire and iron poles or ‘chembu-yiroo’.

    Mr Touray however explained that the report further indicated that when iron poles are established and wire attached onto them, three major happenings could render them useless within 2 or 3 years and these are the iron poles and wires rusting, unscrupulous people stealing the iron to sell to blacksmith or welding establishments or being eventually trampled down by the hippos, which are very heavy and strong animals.

    He said the digging of V shape canals with a depth of to 2 meters or the construction of a 1 meter high cement block wall on top to avoid hippos climbing over at high tide.

    Mr. Touray said the report also indicated that all the four communities where the meetings were held did agree on the V shaped trench / canal barrier for the prevention of hippo intervention into their rice fields. He said the concerned communities further agreed to provide all unskilled labour for the construction work such as the transportation of sand and gravel, making cement blocks, digging foundation for the fence etc.

    The Wild Life official concluded that the report indicated that the support required to enable the communities to construct the V shaped trench and canal surrounding the field is the provision of cement, excavator for the digging/construction of the canal, a Mason to guide the construction process, A gravel digging equipment, iron rods and fuel for the transportation of sand and gravel.

    He noted that the perimeter of the field is about 4km stretch.


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