Tuesday, June 25, 2013

From the archives

Hippo conservation
Monifa the pygmy hippo, 2008.

I took this photo in 2008 at Taronga Zoo. This is Monifa, a pygmy hippo born at the zoo and raised with the assistance of keepers (whose shoes I would have given anything to fill that day!). At the time she weighed around 6.5kg and looked too good to be real, as if she had been hand-moulded by Jim Henson

Zoos do such important work in conserving these species but their efforts are wasted if the rest of us don't chip in and do something about the habitat loss that necessitates these conservation efforts. 


  1. Amazing photo!
    Apparently she became very naughty when she was a juvenile, causing the same keepers loads of problems.
    But yes habitat loss & fragmentation is the biggest problem facing pretty much every vulnerable to endangered species today.
    C'mon people, you don't want to live in a world where lions, and hippos and bears are only in zoos!

  2. How big is she going to be when fully grown?


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