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Endangered pygmy hippo calf named in tribute to native home

17/05/2021 in Edinburgh Zoo

Scotland’s only pygmy hippo calf, born at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Edinburgh Zoo in Aprilhas been named Amara in tribute to the species native home of West Africa.  

The calf’s name, which means grace, was chosen by players of People’s Postcode Lottery who support the wildlife conservation charity’s projects around the world and in the RZSS WildGenes laboratory. 

Based just behind the rhino house at Edinburgh Zoo, the RZSS WildGenes team contribute to work to protect animals across the globe, including publishing the first ever genomic study of pygmy hippos. 

More information about visiting Edinburgh Zoo and how people can help care for the charity’s animals is available at

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