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  • English name
    Pygmy Hippopotamus
  • ClassificationArtiodactyla Hippopotamidae
  • Scientific nameChoeropsis Liberiensis

Pygmy Hippopotamus
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The Pygmy Hippopotamus is different from the standard hippopotamus and does not herd. He needs his space alone. But the forests are getting smaller, and the Pygmy Hippopotamus may become extinct.

Size & Weight (Adult)

Body length: 150-175cm
Weight: 180-275kg

(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)

Where they live

Liberia and Guinea, around West African forest's near the water.

What they eat

Munches on tree leaves, branches, fallen leaves, and lots of fruits. The Pygmy Hippopotamus is a super vegetarian.

What they are like

The Pygmy Hippopotamus is very easy to breed. The wild Pygmy Hippopotamus is in trouble, but Pygmy Hippopotamuses in zoos around the world are becoming greater in number.

Find out more about the Pygmy Hippopotamus

The Pygmy Hippopotamus is a shy guy and much smaller than the standard hippopotamus.
He weighs 1/10 less! So he gets attacked by many other animals. The Pygmy Hippopotamus doesn't herd because he feels safe alone. He can hide alone better, drink water faster alone, and can run away faster alone.

The Pygmy Hippopotamus needs more forest, but the forest is becoming smaller…
Animals living alone need more space than animals in herds. However, the forest where the Pygmy Hippopotamus lives is becoming smaller, so he is becoming extinct. The Pygmy Hippopotamus is so sad because in countries where he lives there is too much war. And nobody knows how many Pygmy Hippopotamuses will live.

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