Yekaterinburg is the first zoo in Russia, where he settled dwarf hippos, these animals will be brought from Edinburgh (Scotland) to the end of the year, said Monday the deputy director of the institution Svetlana Polenz.
"We have a strong desire to get a pygmy hippo at the zoo of Edinburgh — this was preceded by a very long negotiations. We have made a serious commitment to the device enclosure, Regional Planning for this animal … And now we have been in the process of signing the contract, and are veterinary harmonization ", — said the deputy director of the zoo.
She added that the Yekaterinburg Zoo hopes to get a pygmy hippo to the end of the year.
Head of Public Relations of the zoo Ksenia Ivanova clarified RIA Novosti that the most likely animal to arrive in Yekaterinburg by the end of November.
"We are already preparing to transport it," — said the agency interlocutor.
In spring 2012, Yekaterinburg Zoo became famous first in Russia to become more rare animals — aardvarks (animals with the body of an anteater, rabbit ears, pig snout and tail of a kangaroo). Animals came from African nursery — from Tanzania. Subsequently Zoos other cities of Russia — Nizhny Novgorod, Izhevsk — also joined the collection aardvark.
Pygmy hippopotamus — herbivorous mammal. He lives in the forest rivers of Sierra Leone and Liberia, Nigeria and Guinea. Adult male height at the withers less than 75 cm, length of 1.5 meters. The beast has a solitary lifestyle. In captivity, pygmy hippos live up to 35 years.
At home, the animals are endangered, with an estimated 1993 population of pygmy hippos natural no more than three thousand individuals, and current numbers are probably much smaller. Civil wars in the habitat type made it impossible to study and protection.