Australasian Hippo Population As shown below, the regional population of both species has dwindled with only two facilities now holding Common hippopotamus; and four holding Pygmy hippopotamus. Imports are desperately needed as both populations are already quite inbred. Monarto Safari Park has expressed an interest in holding Common hippopotamus in the near future. Common Hippopotamus Taronga Western Plains Zoo: 1.0 Mana (31/03/1996) Ollie x Suzie 0.1 Nile (15/05/1999) Ollie x Suzie 0.1 Cuddles (00/09/2002) Fonzie x Solucky 0.1 Kibibi (11/09/2014) Mana x Cuddles 0.1 Kendi (25/05/2017) Mana x Cuddles 1.0 Kani (15/04/2020) Mana x Cuddles Werribee Open Range Zoo: 0.1 Primrose (01/12/1990) Harold x Unknown 0.1 Brindabella (09/12/1990) Harold x Unknown 0.1 Tulip (01/01/2003) Harold x Primrose 0.1 Lotus (28/03/2008) Harold x Primrose 0.1 Pansy (18/11/2013) Harold x Brindabella Total regional population: 2.9 Pygmy Hippopotamus Taronga Zoo: 1.0 Fergus (06/08/2009) Frank x Fluffy 0.1 Kambiri (26/06/2010) Timmy x Petre Melbourne Zoo: 1.0 Felix (17/11/2006) Frank x Fluffy Adelaide Zoo: 1.0 Obi (25/05/2015) Felix x Petre Darling Downs Zoo: 0.1 Kamina (21/02/2017) Fergus x Kambiri Total regional population: 3.2 Inbreeding has long been rife amongst Common hippopotamus in the region. Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s current breeding female (Cuddles) is the product of a half brother/half sister mating (Fonzie and Solucky). They in turn were the product of two respective father/daughter matings (Kabete and Faith; Kabete and Snorkle). Since Faith’s mother (Bonnie) was born at Taronga Zoo, it’s likely they’re related to the other hippos in the region (who descend from Taronga bred stock). Harold (born at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in 1978) sired two female calves at Werribee Open Range Zoo in late 1990; and subsequently bred with both of them before his death to produce Werribee’s newest generation. The Pygmy hippopotamus population descends from a smaller number of founders - including Pi and Carolyn. Their calves included Janice (mother of Petre; grandmother of Kambiri) and Frank (father of Felix and Fergus).