Pygmy Hippos are basically smaller versions of the hippo, but with a couple of unique characteristics. Unlike hippos, pygmy hippos are more introverted, tend to flee, and are much more rare to find than their counterparts.
The newest and cutest pygmy hippo was born on August 10th at the Toronto Zoo, from a 12-year old pygmy hippo named Kindia and sired by Harvey, who is 23 years old.
Until now, there have only been 6 other births of the pygmy hippo at the Toronto Zoo. This is also the first pygmy hippo birth since 1999 at the Toronto Zoo!
These adorable animals are unfortunately endangered species as listed by the Endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, with only around 2,000-3,000 left throughout the world. The majority of this species are found in Liberia. There are smaller populations of pygmy hippos located in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and the Ivory Coast.
For the next little bit, no in person visits will be allowed to view the baby calf, since she will be monitored closely for the first 30 days (these first 30 days are critical).
For now you can watch this cute video of Kindia and her newborn!