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Scientific Name: 
Choeropsis liberiensis
Phylum: 
Chordata
Species class: 
Mammalia
Order: 
Cetartiodactyla
Genus: 
Choeropsis
Species: 
Liberiensis
Status: 
Endangered
Population Trend: 
Decreasing

The Pygmy Hippopotamus was discovered only recently - in the mid 1800s. A shy and solitary animal, it lives in swamps and forests. It is smaller than the Common Hippo but not an exact copy. For its size the Pygmy Hippo has longer legs, a smaller head and narrower mouth. Hiding in dense forests it eats leaves, herbs, fallen fruits and grasses. To reach higher branches it stands on its hind legs and leans on the tree with its front legs.

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Source: 
http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/summary/10032/0
Year assessed: 
2008