Friday, December 22, 2017

Rabat Zoo Announces Arrival of Baby Hippopotamus

Rabat Zoo has had the first birth of a hippopotamus, after a gestation period of 8 months

The zoological garden said in a statement that this first birth of a large mammal is the result of the adaptation of the hippopotamus species to its environment, following the actions of the zoo for the conservation of species, stating that the 16-year-old mother has been a resident of the zoo since it opened, and the birth was in the most natural conditions.

According to the same source, the baby hippopotamus received special attention from the veterinary team of the zoo, in terms of vaccination and care and it is possible that visitors will be able to see it with his mother this week in the wetland ecosystem of the Zoological Garden.

The zoological garden now has a total of six hippos that belong to the family Hippopotamidae and are part of the species of hippos common or amphibian (Hippopotamus amphibius), native to sub-Saharan Africa
This species, which is included in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), is considered vulnerable on the Red List of Threatened Species of the World Union for the Protection of Wild Animals.


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