Hope the Hippo moves into Louisville Zoo

LOUISVILLE (WAVE) - A new hippo is moving into the Louisville Zoo.

Sixteen-year-old Hope the pygmy hippopotamus was born in Scotland and comes to Kentucky from the Oklahoma City Zoo. She will join 17-year-old Maji Kitoto, the zoo's male pygmy hippo, in their habitat in the Gorilla Forest.

There are two types of hippo - the pygmy, which usually weighs 400 to 600 pounds, and the Nile hippo, which can weigh up to 8,000 pounds. Pygmy hippo grow to be about 5 feet long and 2 ½ to 3 ½ feet tall, and they usually live 30 to 45 years in captivity.

General Animal Curator Steven Wing says the 600 plus pound Hope "is an extremely good-natured hippo and likes to have her back scratched."

Hope the hippo comes with a breeding recommendation from the Species Survival Plan, though there is no formal timeline set for a baby hippo just yet.

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