Wild hippos swimming in the river at Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary - Ghana

Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary - Ghana

Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary - Ghana

Along the inlets and corners of African rivers the world’s most dangerous animals hide in the shadows. Hippos kill an estimated 2,900 people in Africa per year. They are easily frightened and so, quick to react. They also need to be protected. In Ghana, there are two hippo populations left in the wild, and one of population resides in the Upper West Region on 40 km of the Black Volta River. The Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary was created by local chiefs in 1999 to save and protect this population and its habitat. WCHS allows visitors to view the river’s hippos safely while learning about the importance of hippo conservation and the environment they live in.

Hippos swimming in the Black Volta River. Photo courtesy WCHS.

The 4 objects of WCHS in their work of conservation.

  1. Encourage better agricultural practices targeting food security and minimizing the negative impacts of farming practices on the environment.
  2. Conserve the sanctuary habitat to enhance wildlife and plant populations.
  3. Develop necessary institutional structures and infrastructure for successful management and financial self-sufficiency.
  4. Develop alternative economic livelihoods for community members through tourism.
Napping on the Black Volta River shores at the sanctuary. No worries. Just happy hippos.  Photo courtesy WCHS.

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