Meet the Hippos

The Louisville Zoo’s Gorilla Forest is home to a family of pygmy hippos. Pygmy hippos are a smaller version of the Common Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius). Pygmy Hippos are only half as tall as the Common Hippopotamus and weighs less than 1/4 of its much larger cousin. There are noticeable physical differences between the two species. The Pygmy Hippo’s head is more rounded and the eyes are set on the side of the head rather than the front. It has well separated toes with sharp nails, unlike the Common Hippopotamus which has webbed feet. Pygmy hippos are believed to be extinct in Nigeria and are listed as endangered according to IUCN.


Baby Hippo Born at Louisville Zoo

The Louisville Zoo is celebrating the birth of a male pygmy hippo born in the early hours of the morning on August 28, 2014.The baby hippo was born to Hope and Maji, the Zoo’s adult hippo pair. At birth, the baby weighed 16 lbs. and he and mom are doing well. Read full birth announcement HERE.



Born at the Louisville Zoo, August 28, 2014


Mother of “Jahari”
Born Feb. 22, 1995 at the Edinburgh Zoo (Scottish National Zoo). Joined the Louisville Zoo in 2011 from the Oklahoma Zoo.


Father of “Jahari”
Sept. 16, 1993 at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. Joined the Louisville Zoo in 2002 from the National Zoo in Washington.