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Pygmy Hippopotamus House & Enclosures - Marwell 2007

Pygmy Hippopotamus House & Enclosures - Marwell 2007
Newzooboy, 7 Jan 2008
    • torie
      Do the hippos have any access to pools for swimming in in their outdoor paddock?
    • Newzooboy
      No outside pools.

      Interior of house has small but deep pools to which hippos have practically 100% access but often choose to stay in the paddocks. In the summer a shelter is put up in the paddocks to shade from direct sunlight.

      This photo was taken in August but as last summer was so wet, the shelter never appeared.

      House & 2 paddocks now all for pygmy hippos. Until 2 years ago, left hand side held Malayan Tapir.

      Interior split into 3 small enclosures (each with pool) with high level public viewing. Originally built in the 80s the building is known as the 'semi-aquatic mammal' house and for short time held hippo, tapir and capybara.
    • Orycteropus
      Really good exhibit for the species: a grassy paddock without trees and any kind of pools.
      The same type enclosure for the tapirs, great!
    • James27
      Lol that's exactly the image this picture creates actually. I wonder why they don't have outdoor pools or trees?
    • Cat-Man
      there is also a wallow that they (aniamls) create
    • Zambar
      I think the animals just prefer a heated pool, and there's always the issue of the hippos not using them in Winter. They do a put a sunshade up in hot weather.
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