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WildLife Group of the SAVA bosbrokkies Bush buzz Kruger Park Considers Culling Hippos Friday 11 March 2016 21:11 Rudzani Tshivhase SABC News The Kruger National Park is considering culling hippos to save them from drought and the meat will be given to neighbouring communities. There are over 8000 hippos around the Kruger National Park and some of them have died as some streams and water sources have been dry for months. Nevertheless, 197 millimetres of rain was recorded this week in some parts of the park. South African National Parks (SANParks) has indicated that the rain was too little too late and vulnerable and sensitive animals like hippos will continue to die. 16 The Kruger National Park, which is more than the size of the Gauteng Province, has survived two severe droughts in the past, in 1980 and 1992. Although animals falling under the Big Five are mostly drought and heat resistant, animals such as hippos have started dying. Hippos need more water to survive as they spend more time under water. SANParks spokesperson Isaac Phaahla says the rain that fell around the Kruger National Park is not enough to save vulnerable animals from dying due to drought.