On December 26th 2014 this little guy was born…
His 28 year old mom Flora was battling mouth cancer and was still under medication at the time of the birth ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.
His mom, Flora, is also famous for being featured in documentary series ‘The Zoo’ back in 2014. The European Endangered Species Breeding Programme has a shortage of male pygmy hippos, which made this little guy a welcome addition to the Zoo.
Pygmy hippos (Choeropsis liberiensis) are classified as Endangered by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, and teams at international conservation charity ZSL are working in Liberia and Sierra Leone to research and protect the species.