The mother/calf bond is extremely close, and the mother hippo will lick and nuzzle her baby. A pygmy hippo calf can nurse from its mother on land or underwater. Calves are weaned after six to eight months and are sexually mature at 4 to 5 years of age.Where do pygmy hippos live in Africa?
Habitat/Range: Pygmy hippos are found on swamp edges and bordering dense thickets and by the water in rain forest regions of West Africa, including the countries of Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Scientists believe them to be in Nigeria.What does a pygmy hippo look like?
The pygmy hippo is a stout animal with a relatively small and rounded head and thick blackish skin. Like the larger Nile hippo, it excretes reddish droplets that soften and protect its skin. This creature is solitary and secretive in the wild.