Luxury is the name of the game at our newest exhibit – a plush pad for pygmy hippos, Thug and Nicky.
The lifelong companions have moved into a brand new home, joining the giraffes, zebras, and African hunting dogs in our Into Africa exhibit.
Kitted out with heated pools, specially-designed gardens and a team of attentive staff ready to wait on the twosome hoof and foot, the new exhibit is nothing short of a day at the spa for the pampered pair.
The duo’s new keepers marked the unveiling of their new home on Thursday morning by treating Thug and Nicky to a tasty platter of their favourite snack of watermelon.
Classed as endangered by the IUCN and a focal species of ZSL’s global conservation programme, EDGE of Existence, pygmy hippos are under constant threat from poaching and habitat-loss in the wild, where conservationists estimate that less than 3,000 individuals remain.
Pygmy hippos like to mark their territory by spraying their poo far and wide; ensuring their keepers are kept busy clearing up after them. Taking inspiration from their unusual potty-habits, ZSL London Zoo will be celebrating Poo at the Zoo throughout the Easter holidays, with a packed programme of poo-related events, including a dung-beetle derby and talks filled with facts about faeces.