Hippopotamus madagascariensis Name: Hippopotamus madagascariensis   

Locality: Antsirabe, Madagascar  

Age: Quaternary  

Showcase: Dwarf Hippopotamus showcase  

The Dwarf Hippo probably evolved from the African Hippo which came to the island about 1,6 million years ago. The skeleton indicates that the animal lived mainly on land, while the recent African Hippoes live mainly in rivers and lakes. The Dwarf Hippo is now extinct after being hunted by man.
A gift from Norwegian missionaries at Madagascar around the turn of the century. 

Other hippopotami in the exhibition   

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