The two pygmy hippopotamuses here in Gdańsk are named Sapo and Niunia. The male comes from an English zoo in Whitney, the female from the zoo in Leipzig. In the wild, this endemic species lives in the muddy forests of West Africa. On average it weighs in around 250 kilos, which is ten times lighter than the common hippopotamus. Due to their unique skin structure, these tiny hippos have an unusually high rate of water loss, three to five times higher than in humans. This is why they spend most of their time in the water. The pigmies make various noises, such as: hawking, hissing, squealing and snorting.
- Latin name: Hexaprotodon liberiensis
- IUCN Red List – EN – Endangered
- CITES – Appendix II
- EEP – Species in European Endangered Species Programme
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