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Poaching could abolish hippos in Congo park

Updated: October 25, 2006, 6:46 PM ET
By Todd Pitman | Associated Press — Oct. 25, 2006

DAKAR, Senegal — The last remaining hippos in eastern Congo face extinction and could be wiped out in many parts of a national park by the end of the year due to intense poaching by militiamen, conservationists said Saturday.

The first two weeks of this month alone saw more than 400 hippos slaughtered in lawless Virunga National Park, which was once home to one of Central Africa's greatest hippopotamus populations, the Zoological Society of London said in a statement posted on its ...

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