Hippos today are listed as Vulnerable under the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, which quite surprising as they always seem to be present in every african park. But threats are mainly coming from major habitat losses and human-wildlife conflicts around national parks, river systems and deltas.
The proceeds of this artwork will go to Conservation Lower Zambezi, a charitable organisation installed to protect the pristine Lower Zambezi NP, a rather inacessible truely unspoilt nature reserve in the south central part of Zambia. The park houses one of the densest hippo populations in the world. The project has intensive anti-poaching patrol programs, strong community involvement and robust research activities, and aims to contribute to improved ecological connectivity within the Luano valley-Lower Zambezi and Mana pools ecosystems.