New home for baby hippo
A MALE pygmy hippo that was born last month will be moved from its night quarters into its permanent outdoor home tomorrow, the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa said yesterday. It said the mother and baby would be released into an area away from the male until the young hippo and the father became used to each another. Spokesperson Craig Allenby said the pygmy hippo was listed as endangered on IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species. “It’s estimated that there are about 2 000 pygmy hippos left in the wild, but this number is not substantiated by conservationists,” said Allenby. Pygmy hippos reach reproductive maturity at three years and the gestation period is between six and seven months. “Our youngster weighs between 7kg and 8kg,” Allenby said.