The San Francisco Zoo and Gardens announced Friday the arrival of a pygmy hippopotamus, the first of its endangered species at the zoo since 2004.
The male hippopotamus named Udo, which translates to ‘peace’ in the West African Igbo language, is 2 years old and hails from the countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and the Côte d’Azur. ‘Ivory, according to the zoo.
Pygmy hippos are different from river hippos, preferring to spend more time out of water and having smaller heads and mouths. They are about 5 to 6 feet long and weigh between 400 and 600 pounds, while river hippos can weigh more than 4,000 pounds, according to zoo officials.
“Although the pygmy hippo is much smaller than the larger river hippo, our Udo has a lot of personality! His presence here helps us fulfill our mission of conserving animals such as the pygmy hippo by educating people. zoo visitors about an endangered species whose numbers have drastically declined due to habitat loss and illegal hunting,” San Francisco Zoological Society executive director Tanya Peterson said in a statement. hurry.
Udo will be in an area of the zoo alongside other endangered African species like the African lion and the black rhino.