The Jakarta Post
A newborn pygmy hippopotamus baby with its mother at Taman Safari Indonesia. (Instagram.com/taman_safari)
Taman Safari Indonesia, a conservation park in Cisarua, Bogor, West Java, has announced that an endangered pygmy hippopotamus was recently born at the park.
“The pygmy hippopotamus baby was actually born few days ago, but we just released the information now,” Taman Safari Indonesia Cisarua director Frans Manansang said in Bogor, West Java, on Monday as reported by Antara news agency.
Pygmy hippopotamus, a protected and endangered semi-aquatic species, has seen a decrease in population, particularly in Liberia where only about 2,000 pigmy hippopotamus can be found. Pygmy hippopotamus can also be found in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Ivory Coast, West Africa.
In Taman Safari, pygmy hippopotamus is one of its rare species. Taman Safari Indonesia Cisarua hippopotamus keeper Ardi said the newborn baby weighed 2 kilograms when born. “It could dive when it was born. Sometimes its head pops up to suckle to its mom,” he said.