This fifth release in the New Zealand Mint's Endangered Species” series features the pygmy hippopotamus. Only 2,000 of these .999 fine Silver coins are being released, adding even further collectible appeal on top of their beautiful design.
- Contains 1 oz of .999 fine Silver.
- Coin comes packaged inside a crate-shaped case, which sits inside forest green outer packaging.
- Obverse: Features the Ian Rank-Broadley likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the year 2015.
- Reverse: Depicts a beautiful mirrored image of an endangered pygmy hippo in the swamplands of West Africa.
- Guaranteed by the New Zealand Mint.
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The pygmy hippopotamus, or Choeropsis liberiensis, is native to the forests and swamps of West Africa. A smaller cousin of the hippopotamus, the pygmy hippo is only half as tall and weighs less than one quarter of its weight. Adult pygmy hippos may grow up to 80 cm (31 in) in height, and are believed to have diverged from the common hippo over 10 million years ago.
Like its larger cousin, the pygmy hippo is semi-aquatic, relying on water to keep its body temperature stable and its skin moisturized. Pygmy hippos are nocturnal and reclusive by nature. While some live as pairs, individual male hippos are also known to wander between territories inhabited by females. Surprisingly, these animals are not aggressive when they meet, tending to simply ignore one another instead.
The pygmy hippo is herbivorous, feeding on ferns, broad-leaved plants, grasses and fruits. Most of their time is spent in swamps and near rivers in order to be near stable sources of food. It has been estimated that fewer than 3,000 pygmy hippos now remain in the wild. These may be primarily found in Liberia, with small populations in Sierra Leone, Guinea and the Ivory Coast. Deforestation and periods of conflict over the past decades, has led to a loss of habitat for this unique animal. Alongside this, illegal poaching continues to take place throughout Liberia.