Pygmy Hippopotamus Choeropsis liberiensis
Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast.
The Pygmy Hippopotamus is rarely seen because of its secretive, nocturnal habits and consequently not much is known of its ecology. This hippopotamus mainly inhabits lowland primary and secondary forests, close to rivers, streams and Raphia palm tree swamps (Robinson 1970, Bülow 1988, Eltringham 1999), sometimes being found along gallery forests extending into Transitional Woodland and the southern Guinea savanna.
The forest habitat of the Pygmy Hippo in #Côte d’Ivoire #Guinea #Liberia #Africa is being razed for #palmoil and other crops. They now endangered. Such a beautiful creature deserves to be saved, join the #Boycott4WildlifeTweet
Published figures on population size are contradictory, with some reports from Côte d’Ivoire indicating that numbers are probably higher than pre-existing estimates (Robinson 2013). However, evidence from camera trapping and sign surveys indicates that densities are low, particularly in key sites, such as Sapo National Park, Liberia.
Even if the estimate of 2,000-3,000 used previously was doubled to 4,000-6,000, using the lower end of the range (4,000), on a precautionary basis, suggests that the number of mature individuals is still <2,500.
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Ransom, C, Robinson, P.T. & Collen, B. 2015. Choeropsis liberiensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T10032A18567171. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-2.RLTS.T10032A18567171.en. Downloaded on 15 February 2021
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