Pigmy
Hippo

Conservation Status:
Endangered

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Population: 2000-3000
  • Life span: 50 years
  • Weight: 200kg
  • Height: 1.5m



Disgusting (and Interesting) Facts

  • Pygmy Hippos are cathemeral – they are active during day and night.

  • Pygmy Hippos are solitary animals and use their dung to mark their territory. Whilst travelling through the forest they wag their tails while they poo to spread it more effectively.

  • Pygmy Hippos weigh 10x less than their cousin the Hippopotamus. This is because Pygmy Hippos have adapted to be smaller, so that they can travel through the thick forest more easily.

  • Pygmy Hippo babies are able to gain lots of weight very fast. When they are born they weigh 5-6kg. At one month old they weigh 3x this, and at 5 months old they weigh 10x their birth weight.

  • Hippo jaws are capable of opening up to 150 degrees.

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