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Wild For Life

Jun 12, 2019

I had the pleasure to sit down with Erica Jacques, Zoo Keeper in the African Rainforest Pavilion, and Alison Babin, Zoo Keeper in the African Savanna, to discuss two species of hippos at the Toronto Zoo. These passionate Keepers give us the details about the personalities, husbandry, and conservation status of the pygmy and river hippos.

I was really interested to know how each species uses its body form to take advantage of their habitat. For example, the pygmy hippo creates a series of tunnels in the thick understory of native plants to be elusive from predators and other harm.

There is much more information provided by Erica and Alison during the episode. Take a listen to find out more.

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Links mentioned during the episode:
Support research for Pigmy Hippos:

Support the Toronto Zoo as it continues to help conserve species at the Zoo:
The Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary: