Pygmy Hippos
Meet the adorable pygmy hippo at Bali Safari Park

Pygmy hippos (Choeropsis liberiensis) is nocturnal. Pygmy hippos spend most of the day hidden in rivers. They will rest in the same spot for several days in a row, before moving to a new spot. Let’s explore some of the characteristics, behaviors, diet, and habitat of this charming animal.


Speaking of their habitat, Pygmy Hippos inhabit the forests and swamps of West Africa, specifically in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and the Ivory Coast. They prefer areas near rivers and streams where they can find plenty of water and vegetation. Their forest habitat provides the perfect environment for these shy and elusive animals to thrive.


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Their cute and compact size has made Pygmy Hippos well-known. They weigh between 140 to 250 kg (400 to 600 lbs) and stand at around 80-105 cm (31 to 41 inches) tall as adults. Furthermore, their stocky build, short legs, and long snouts accentuate their unique appearance. They also have small, rounded ears and beady eyes that are perfect for navigating their dense forest habitat. While breeding season they give birth 1 baby with 6-7 month gestation period. This cute animal have life spans 27 years old.

Diet and Behavior

In terms of diet, Pygmy Hippos are herbivores and primarily eat leaves, fruits, and grasses. Additionally, they spend most of their day in the water or mud to keep cool and can hold their breath for up to five minutes underwater. These factors have an impact on their behavior, as they are mostly nocturnal and very secretive. Consequently, they are rarely seen by humans.

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Pygmy Hippos are solitary and mostly nocturnal animals, spending their days in water or mud to keep cool. They are well-known for their excellent swimming abilities and can hold their breath for up to five minutes while underwater. Although they communicate with each other through a series of grunts and vocalizations, they are also known for being timid and secretive, which makes them a rare sight in the wild.

Pygmy Hippopotamus is a unique and fascinating animal. It is important that we continue to support conservation efforts to ensure the survival of this wonderful animal in the wild. Let’s get involved in animal welfare by visiting Bali Safari Park!