Guide of Fauna

Hipopótamo pigmeo

  • Familia: Hippopotamidae
    Genero: Choeropsis
    Nombre Cientifico: liberiensis

    Local Names: pygmy hippopotamus, dwarf hippopotamus

    The pygmy hippopotamus is a large mammal native to the forests and marshes of West Africa. It is a solitary and nocturnal animal.

    The Pygmy Hippopotamus resembles a small hippopotamus, but with proportionately longer legs and neck, a smaller head and less prominent eyes, which are rather positioned to the side.
    The head-body length is 157-175 cm in males and 142-150 cm in females, the shoulder height is 81-100 cm in males and 75-83 in females.

    Pygmy hippopotamus feed on ferns, leaves of tender trees, fruits, stems, succulent rhizomes, herbs and grass.

    Paises en donde vive la/el Hipopótamo pigmeo