Kindia, a 12- year-old female pygmy hippopotamus gave birth to a female calf on Friday, August 10, 2018.
Wildlife Care keeping staff thoughtfully selected four names for the public to vote for their favourite from September 21 to October 2, 2018. After 10,000 votes, Penelope was the winner!
This recent birth is very important for pygmy hippopotamus conservation as the species is currently listed as Endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species and there are only approximately 2,000 to 3,000 left in the wild in West Africa, with Liberia having the majority of the population. Small numbers are also found in the neighboring countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea and the Ivory Coast. Over the past 100 years, the pygmy hippo’s habitat has declined dramatically as a result of logging, farming and human settlement. As deforestation continues and their habitat becomes more fragmented, newly accessible populations are coming under increasing pressure from hunters.
To learn more about Penelope, visit here: http://www.torontozoo.com/pygmyhippo/