Hippo Differences

Want to know the key differences between Pygmy hippos and their large cousins? Here are some ways to sort between your common hippos and pygmys.


A pygmy hippo at ZSL London Zoo

Pygmy Hippo

Population: Only around 3000 in a few countries in West Africa

Weight: up to 300 kg

Lifestyle: Lives alone in swamps, streams and dense forest

Feet: Well-separated toes for trudging through mud

Nose: Less prominent nostrils as spends more time on land


Common Hippopotamus at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Common Hippo

Population: Around 130,000 across Africa

Weight: Up to 3000 kg

Lifestyle: Lives in groups of 10-30 in rivers and lakes

Feet: Webbed toes for wallowing in water

Nose: Nostrils on top to stick out of river for easy breathing

A pygmy hippo at ZSL London Zoo

Book Tickets

Book your tickets now for a wild day out!