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Pigmy Hippopotamus

Pigmy Hippopotamus

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Scientific Name:

Hexaprotodon liberiensis


Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone


Herbivore. Leaves, aquatic plants, fallen fruits, roots and tubers.


Habitat: Dense forests

Dimensions: 150-175cm, height 75-100cm

Weight: 160-270kg

Gestation: ~6 months, 1 rarely 2 young

Lifespan: ~27

Social structure: solitary, mothers with her offspring.

Estimated population in the wild: ~<3.000

IUCN Status: Endangered

Threats: Deforestation, hunting for meat, persecution by people and oil pollution.

Did you know that:

  1. They are 5 times smaller and 10 times lighter than the Common Hippo.
  2. Muscular valves in the ears and nose close under water.
  3. They vigorously wag their tail while defecating to mark their territory with feaces.
  4. They are most active at night.

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