A new baby pygmy hippo was born at Lagos Zoo


On the 19th of October, a pygmy hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis). When they are born, the young have a considerable weight, between 3.4 and 6.4 kilograms. The small hippo already weighs 3 kilograms and is in its installation with its mother, separated from its parent until it is weaned.

This hippo species is part of the European Endangered Species Program (EEP) captive breeding program of the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA), so this event is very important for the ex-situ management and conservation of the species in European zoos .

Although the sex of the young is not yet known, a male was born at the Zoo last year and went to the Beauval Zoo in France. “In this species, the birth of males is very important since, on average, only 1 male is born for every 10 births”, explain in a statement. “We hope to know soon, whether this child is male or female.”

Until then, you can visit the baby and her mother at the Lagos Zoo facility.

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