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Paul Danckwerts

Alumni Ranger

Zambian-born, Paul grew up a fisherman, a birder and a lover of all things outdoors. Following his passion for wildlife he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Rhodes University before heading for the lowveld. Paul boasts a number of years guiding ...

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Lovely blog Paul. Hippo are one of my favourite animals to observe. We had amazing and also very sad experiences. In the drought a few seasons ago we saw many hippos dying because there were no grazing even if there was water in the rivers. Fortunately we there is huge populations in the greater Kruger and it was probably nature’s way to control them.

Hippo’s are awesome. Thanks for highlighting them Paul

Not only Londolozi! We were in the Kruger 2 weeks ago. Drove from Croc bridge to skukuza and we’ve never seen some many hippos. Plenty of babies too.

Great write up Paul. Very interesting. Would you have a rough idea what the total Hippo population on Londolozi would be?

Hi Lachlan. I am not sure what the results were from the last aerial census but I would estimate their numbers at around 150-200.

Thanks Paul!

Always good to read about a animal I know so little about. So, great blog Paul.

I really enjoyed your blog. I remember my first Londolozi visit and seeing the hippos. Always fun.

Thank you for the hippo blog. It’s nice to read some interesting details about this often overlooked animal. I love watching and listening to them – their sounds are undeniably identifiable!!

Thank you Denise! Certainly one of my favorite bush sounds.

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