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Pygmy hippopotamus +

Choeropsis liberiensis

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  • Pygmy hippopotamus
  • Pygmy hippopotamus
  • Pygmy hippopotamus
  • Pygmy hippopotamus
  • Pygmy hippopotamus

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In former times regarded as a cross of pig and hippopotamus, the species was soon considered extinct shortly after it was discovered. It was not until 1911, when the big game hunter Hans Schomburgk had managed to sight one of the animals in Liberia. Already in 1912, he had caught five individuals and brought them to Europe. His telegram to Carl Hagenbeck read: “Caught pygmy hippo, nice creature“. Status according to Red List: endangered

Classification:

Order even-toed ungulates, family hippopotamus

Diet:

Swamp and water plants, grass, ferns, fruit, roots and tubers

Habitat:

Rain and swamp forests alongside streams, lakes or rivers

Reproduction:

Mating takes place on land or in water; gestation time: about 200 days, one young that is normally born on land; weight at birth about 6 kg; maximum age: above 43 years

Status according to Red List/ distribution area

Status according to Red List:

IUCN web page

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