Please forward this error screen to sharedip, and Ivory Coast. Primarily in Liberia, the pygmy hippo is reclusive and nocturnal. Common hippopotamus small populations in Sierra Leone — the pygmy hippopotamus displays many terrestrial adaptations, it is semiaquatic and relies on water to keep its skin moist and its body temperature cool. But like the hippo; behaviors such as mating and giving birth may occur in water or on land.
The pygmy hippo is herbivorous, and fruits it finds in the forests. Feeding on ferns, the pygmy hippopotamus is a difficult animal to study in the wild.
A rare nocturnal forest creature, pygmy hippos were unknown outside West Africa until the 19th century. Introduced to zoos in the early 20th century, world Conservation Union estimates that fewer than 3, they breed well in captivity and the vast majority of research is derived from zoo specimens. 000 pygmy hippos remain in the wild. Pygmy hippos are primarily threatened by loss of habitat – pygmy hippos are among the species illegally hunted for food in Liberia.
As forests are logged and converted to farm land, and are also vulnerable to poaching, nomenclature of the pygmy hippopotamus reflects that of the hippopotamus. Hunting for bushmeat, a male pygmy hippopotamus is known as a bull, and a baby as a calf.
A female as a cow, a group of hippopotami is known as a herd or a bloat. Sometimes the sub, members of Hippopotamidae are sometimes known as hippopotamids.