The Pygmy Hippo Foundation aims to promote the conservation of the remaining Upper Guinean rain forests in West Africa, which are home to the last wild pygmy hippos. The PHF has been working with the Liberian government to develop a long-term partnership, through the re-development of the Sapo National Park and the engagement of local communities and adjacent commercial interests into a harmonious, positive alignment to protect critical habitat.
The Pygmy Hippo Foundation was launched in October 2012 by Hummingbird Resources with the primary aim of assisting the development of Liberia’s Sapo National Park in south east Liberia and producing measures to protect the endangered pygmy hippo. The Zoological Society of London estimates that there are less than 2,000 pygmy hippos remaining in the wild, of which the majority are believed to be located in Liberia’s Sapo National Park.
The Pygmy Hippo Foundation's mission has evolved since its founding last year to promulgate a transformative vision for critical habitat conversation, starting with eastern Liberia's remaining tracts of rainforest. The Pygmy Hippo Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Forestry Development Authority of the Government of Liberia in November 2012, committing the PHF and FDA to work together to improve the management of Liberia's Sapo National Park, Liberia's first and largest protected area, and one of the largest preserved forests zones in West Africa, which is also home to some of the few surviving pygmy hippos. Currently, the Pygmy Hippo Foundation is seeking to build a broad coalition involving the private sector, international conversation organisations, and local communities to develop a long-term, regional plan to maximize the preservation of Liberia's critical habitats. To learn more about the PHF's current plans and vision, please see our current presentation in the News & Events section.