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    Rare Birth of Pygmy Hippopotamus at Attica Zoo

    Attica Zoo, situated near Athens, recently celebrated a momentous occasion with the birth of a rare and endangered species: the pygmy hippopotamus. This marks the first such birth in a decade at the zoo, highlighting the challenges associated with breeding due to the scarcity of male individuals of this species in captivity.

    Dr. Noi Psaroudaki, a veterinarian at Attica Zoo, expressed his excitement, announcing, “It’s a boy! This birth, the first of 2024, is truly special.” He emphasized the significance of each pygmy hippopotamus birth in captive environments, recognizing it as a crucial step in conservation efforts.

    The pygmy hippopotamus, native to the rainforests of West Africa, faces endangerment, with estimates suggesting only 2,000 to 2,500 individuals remaining in the wild. These solitary creatures, known for their nocturnal habits, are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

    Born on February 19, the newborn joins its parents, Lizzie and Jamal, the sole representatives of their species at Attica Zoo.

    A Glorious Species to be Showcased in Poland

    Meanwhile, in the investment plan for 2024 at the Silesian Zoological Garden in Katowice, Poland, several significant projects are underway. Among them are the construction of pavilions, including one for monitors and another for pygmy hippos and crocodiles.

    Additionally, the plan includes the establishment of a breeding pavilion for two other species: dwarf hippos and Nile crocodiles. These developments aim to enhance visitor experience while facilitating conservation efforts.

    The successful birth of a pygmy hippo at Attica Zoo serves as a reminder of the importance of coordinated conservation strategies in preserving endangered species worldwide. It represents a beacon of hope for the future of these majestic creatures, both within captive environments and their natural habitats.

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