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Pygmy Hippopotamus

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Pygmy Hippopotamus
Range Western Africa
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Artiodactyla
Family Hippopotamidae
Genus Choeropsis
Species C. liberiensis
Conservation Status

The Pygmy Hippopotamus is a specie from the Choeropsis genus. It is native to the forests and swamps of western Africa in Liberia and small populations in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Ivory Coast.


Pygmy hippos share the same general form as a hippopotamus. They have a graviportal skeleton, with four stubby legs and four toes on each foot, supporting a portly frame. The pygmy hippo, however, is only half as tall as the hippopotamus and weighs less than 1/4 as much as its larger cousin. Adult pygmy hippos stand about 75–83 cm (30–32 inches) high at the shoulder, are 150–177 cm (59–70 inches) in length and weigh 180–275 kilograms (400–600 pounds).[7] Their lifespan in captivity ranges from 30 to 55 years, though it is unlikely that they live this long in the wild.


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