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Caught on Video: Endangered Pygmy Hippo Seen Slipping through Nighttime Liberia

Scientists have captured video images of a wild pygmy hippopotamus ( Choeropsis liberiensis ), a rare and elusive nocturnal species that has rarely been observed in its natural habitat in Liberia.Western scientists and zookeepers have been aware of the pygmy hippopotamus for more than a century, and the species breeds well in captivity, but very little is known about its behavior in its native forest habitats.The brief video, which you can see below, shows just a few fleeting seconds of a pygmy hippo as it slips between the underbrush in Liberia's Sapo National Park...

December 20, 2011 — John R. Platt

Endangered Ozark Hellbender Salamanders Breed in Captivity for the First Time

"In my 24 years in the zoo business, this is one of the most exciting periods I've been through so far," says Jeff Ettling, curator of herpetology and aquatics at the Saint Louis Zoo.He's talking about the birth of 185 baby Ozark hellbender salamanders ( Cryptobranchus alleganiensis bishopi ) at the zoo's Ron Goellner Center for Hellbender Conservation, which has a dozen or so additional eggs ready to hatch...

December 5, 2011 — John R. Platt

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