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Free images of Pygmy Hippopotamus

These images have been photographed at and posted with the very kind permission 
of the Toronto Zoo.  Please read the Terms of Use.  
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The Pygmy Hippos are located in the African Rainforest Section of the Toronto Zoo.

 

 

The pygmy hippopotamus [Choeropsis liberiensis or Hexaprotodon liberiensis] is a small reclusive, nocturnal hippopotamid that is native to West Africa.  It has most of the same characteristics as a regular-sized hippopotamus.  Pygmy hippos are, however, live alone or in smaller groups.

  Did you know... 

that the pygmy hippopotamus is semi-aquatic and needs water to keep its skin moist and body temperature cool?  They secret a substance  through their skin that is sometimes called "blood sweat", although it is not blood nor sweat, since it has a pinkish tinge.  This substance acts like an antiseptic and sunscreen to protect the hippo's skin.

In the images below, this zoo hippo is enjoying a feast of sweet potato - his favourite according to the zookeeper.  Since the pygmy hippo is an herbivore, its typical food includes ferns, plants, grasses and fruits.

Want to know more?  Why not visit the Toronto Zoo’s website 
and
read all about the Pygmy Hippo here.

 

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Toronto Zoo Pygmy Hippopotamus - 1

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"If all the beasts 
were gone,
 men would die from 
a great loneliness 
of spirit, 
for whatever happens 
to the beasts 
also happens to the man.  
All things are connected.  Whatever befalls 
the Earth 
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of the Earth."

~ Chief Seattle 
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 letter to 
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Just as one wants happiness 
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just as one wants 
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and not die, 
so do other creatures."

~ His Holiness 
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"If you have men 
who will exclude 
any of God's creatures 
from the shelter 
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~ St. Francis of Assisi ~

 

 

 

 

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towards our fellow creatures 
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Shaw ~

 

 

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