In the centre of the zoo, you’ll find the hippo house, home to three pygmy hippos, Nato, Sirana and our baby Winnie who was born in 2014. You can see them wallowing in their pools or exploring their shady paddocks. These creatures are semi-aquatic, which means they spend a lot of the time submerged in water – helping them to keep cool and their skin moisturised. The pair live alongside each other, but have separate enclosures because hippos prefer to live solitary lives in the wild, and only come together to breed.
Much smaller than the common hippopotamus, pygmy hippos are an endangered species – mainly due to the loss of their forest habitats in western Africa.