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Newborn pygmy hippo joins the TWP family

Saturday, April 27 2019 12:00 AM
By Julia Stafford

We are extremely excited to announce the birth of pygmy hippo, Yeti, who was born Thursday, April 11 at the park. His parents are Posie (mother) and Pluto (father). He weighed 13.4 pounds at birth and at his one week weigh-in he was already at 18.6 pounds!

Pygmy Hippo, Yeti, born April 11 at Tanganyika Wildlife Park

Yeti is just the second pygmy hippo to ever be born in Kansas. The first? Nessie, who was also born at TWP to Posie and Pluto two years ago.

For those of you who don't know, Yeti is named after the monster, keeping the monster-themed trend going. His sister, Nessie, was named after the Loch Ness Monster. 

In 2008, pygmy hippos were placed on the endangered species list and in 2014, the International Studbook for pygmy hippos conducted a census that determined the age structure of the captive population was unhealthy.

 “As one of the most successful breeding facilities in the world, we are working on making a difference for pygmy hippos,” Assistant Park Director Matt Fouts said.

The pygmy hippo is classified as Endangered by the International Union on the Conservation of Nature. They are also listed on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

The adorable new baby will be on exhibit within the next few weeks. Make sure to follow us on social media for more information and updates on when Yeti will be out!

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