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The drought is taking its toll on the Kruger National Park

Hippos at the nature reserve have reportedly started huddling in small pools of water for survival.

FILE: The Kruger National Park. Picture: Laura Clancy/Primedia Broadcasting.

JOHANNESBURG - The Kruger National Park says some of its wildlife are at greater risk of being affected by the drought.

But it says the situation is serious with many of its dams now running dry.

Hippos at the nature reserve have reportedly started huddling in small pools of water for survival.

As a result, the pools are filling up with dung, making them unsuitable for other animals to drink from.

Kruger Park spokesperson William Mabasa says buffalo are also at high risk.

"The buffaloes are also another species on the line and they live on grass and there is no grass here. Once there is no food or water, they will die."