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Pygmy Hippo in nursery yard

7 June 2015

The male calf born to Petre and Felix is doing well.

Mother and calf have been bonding in the night dens, and Keepers are observing the calf feeding well.

Keepers decided to give him some access to the nursery yard today.

The calf is the first of its endangered species to be born at Melbourne Zoo since 1981.

Wild Sea Manager Justin Valentine says that Petre is showing herself to be a very good and attentive mother.

‘All of us are incredibly excited to be welcoming this calf after so many years without a Pygmy Hippo birth,’ Justin says.

Pygmy Hippopotamus are endangered in the wild, but their rainforest habitat makes it very difficult for researchers to determine exact populations.

However, it is known that both loss of habitat and poaching are drastically affecting their numbers in the wild, making the regional and international breeding programs even more important to ensure the future of the species.