Pygmy Hippopotamus are native to western Africa, found mainly in the rivers and swamps of Liberia but also in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and the Ivory Coast.
The Pygmy Hippo spends a majority of its time in water, emerging at night to feed. This little hippo is a herbivorous animal which means it consumes different types of plant matter in order to acquire all of the nutrients it needs to survive. It’s diet consists mainly of succulents, tender shoots, leaves, roots, grasses, aquatic plants and fallen fruit.
Unlike its larger cousin, the Pygmy Hippo is a solitary animal, only coming together to mate.
Classified as endangered in the wild due to both habitat loss and poaching, regional and international zoo breeding programs for the species are critically important for safeguarding this remarkable species for the future.