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The pygmy hippo stands two feet at the shoulder and weighs in at 400 to 600 pounds. Pygmy hippos have a thick, pinkish-brown hide with layers of fat underneath, protecting them from the heat and harsh sun. They can be found in ponds, streams, and marshes of the isolated West African rainforests in Liberia and Ivory Coast. Pygmy hippos feed on fallen fruit, leaves, and plants on the forest floor.

The pygmy hippo has been placed on the threatened list as it is hunted for food. Learn how you can support the pygmy hippo by making a donation through Friends of the National Zoo's ADOPT A SPECIES program! There have been 58 pygmy hippo births at the National Zoo since the 1920s, more than in any zoo in the world.


Pygmy Hippos by Jessie Cohen / NZP
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